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At the height of the turmoil leading up to and following President Ferdinand Marcos' departure from power, Jon Alpert traveled throughout the Philippines recording the daily lives of people from all levels of society and documenting the country's great disparities between the rich, with their extravagant lifestyles, and the poor, who scavenge in Manila's smoking garbage heaps to feed their enormous shanty town.

Culminating with an astonishing, "close-up" view of a rebel ambush on government troops, this in-depth look at the Philippines is an excellent resource for anyone attempting to understand the forces which continue to shape this complex country today.

Exemplifying Jon Alpert's direct approach to his subjects, The Philippines: Life, Death & Revolution has been widely used by journalism classes to examine coverage of a Third World country in conflict, as well as the on-the-spot ethical decisions reporters must make under trying conditions.

While China tops the list for the number of international adoptions by U.S. parents, Russia is a close second, with more than 4,200 children - mostly infants - adopted by Americans in 2001 alone. The process is lengthy and expensive. Adoption agencies tell prospective parents to expect to spend at least $25,000 for an international adoption, in addition to preparing hundreds of pages of notarized paperwork, undergoing in-house reviews and counseling, and typically making two trips to the birth country.

Siberian Adoption Story follows two American families as they go through the process of adopting a new baby from Russia.

Amy and Brett Turner of Fort Myers, Florida have two sons already, but they desperately want a daughter and have opted for adoption after enduring the heartbreak of multiple miscarriages. Salli Sobsey, a single parent in Montclair, Virginia yearned for years to have a daughter after raising her two sons.

In March 2005 a group of girls from the Archer School for Girls in Los Angeles traveled to Northern India to learn about the problems girls in India experience trying to receive an education. The issue of girl's education is particularly urgent, as educated women are vital for the region's economic growth. Additionally, as women are responsible for maintaining the health and education of their families, it is key that they operate from a position of knowledge.

Despite the necessity of girls receiving an education, something that is recognized by most local residents, there are many obstacles to their doing so, including: a heavy household and agricultural workload, poor electricity, malnutrition, inadequate healthcare and gender bias.

In India Journal, the American girls have a life-changing experience as they learn about the difficulties girls their age face on the other side of the world.

Produced in association with WNET/Thirteen.

Termed "the best look at Cuba since Castro toppled the Batista regime" by the news agency United Press International, this ground-breaking work of international advocacy journalism was one of the first independently produced documentaries to be broadcast on national television.

The first American television crew to be allowed into Cuba since the 1959 revolution, DCTV toured the country for six weeks to produce this candid portrait of life in Castro's Cuba. With his direct approach, Jon Alpert interviews ordinary people - farmers, factory workers, housewives - to elicit their stories of life before and after the revolution.

Co-Produced by DCTV & PBS (Wide Angle).

The rise of new leftist leaders in South America has been swift and surprising. From Venezuela's Chavez to Brazil's Lula, Argentina's Kirchner to Peru's Toledo, the swelling ranks of left-leaning government leaders has provoked fear among some conservatives. If the proverbial dominos are on the table, will Bolivia be the next to tip over?

In recent years, Bolivia has been roiled by competing political forces, with the indigenous coca growers’ union (the "Cocaleros") becoming an unexpected powerhouse. The Cocaleros' hero is ex-Congressman Evo Morales, a former coca farmer from indigenous peasant roots, who rose up to defend the coca growers against the Bolivian military's crop eradication program. Latin America's highest profile indigenous leader, Morales fell just 45,000 votes shy of the presidency in the country's June 2002 election.

On January 1, 1994 thousands of poorly armed indigenous men and women marched into six towns in the Chiapas region of southern Mexico. The Mexican government responded by sending 25,000 soldiers into the region, and reports of human rights abuses quickly surfaced.

Chiapas: The Fight for Land and Liberty takes us into the heart of Zapatista territory in the early months of the uprising in a series of groundbreaking reports.

Following up on their landmark documentary Vietnam: Picking Up the Pieces, DCTV returns to the war-torn land to locate many of the subjects they filmed eight years before, just after the fall of Saigon. The resulting film, Vietnam: Talking to the People, offers a penetrating view of a country deeply embedded in the American consciousness, and the picture that emerges is one of determination, hardship, humor and resiliency.

Jon Alpert and Keiko Tsuno made headlines with a 1977 journalistic coup when they became the first American television crew allowed back into Vietnam after the U.S. withdrawal and were given unprecedented access to the ruined countryside and its people. The resulting "up-close" study of Vietnam's grim post war reality relies on the voices of the common people to tell their stories: a 14-year-old prostitute, war orphans, an American translator turned opium addict . Traveling through North and South Vietnam, Alpert and Tsuno elicit memories of the war and reveal its scars in a compelling, first-hand indictment of the United States' role in the country's devastation. This history-making document describes the painful process of transition for the people living in the "New Vietnam."

A collection of stories from day-to-day life in the Vietnam of 1990.

From bar girls and roller-skaters to Amerasian youth, the centerpiece is the story of Nguyen Van Lan's 15-year separation from his family. As the Vietnam war was ending, Lan, a South Vietnamese army officer, put his pregnant wife on the last plane out of Saigon, destined for America, where she arrived, gave birth to their daughter, and wondered if she would ever see her husband again. Lan wound up in a re-education camp, and after 15 years of imprisonment, is finally free to join his family in the U.S. How will he adjust to his long-lost family, and to America, so different from the world he knows?

Originally aired on the Discovery-Times Channel.

Unique insight into the forces that almost unseated President Hugo Chavez in a recall election during the summer of 2004.

Truth becomes a relative term as the population of Venezuela grows increasingly polarized while grappling with President Hugo Chavez and his agenda. Chavez promises a revolution that will redistribute the country's oil wealth to the poor and uses the history of the United States' complicated relationship with Venezuela and South America to rally support to his side.

At once the story of democracy, Venezuelan-style, and a snapshot of the unraveling of U.S. foreign policy, Venezuela: Revolution in Progress gives unique insight into the forces that nearly unseated President Chavez in a recall election during the summer of 2004.

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