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Forced Sterilizations - Thousands of women in Peru in the 1990's were coerced into sterilization. Dan Collyns in Lima investigates the legacy of this controversial poverty alleviation and population program. Next: the Americas Now "Game Changer" report profiles - Saskia Nino de Rivera - an activist working among mothers and their children born in Mexican overcrowded and inadequate prisons. Finally: Our video essay looks at Urban gardening in Venezuela; a nation undergoing chronic food shortages.
Peru - Uncontacted (Dan Collyns) - Living deep within the Amazon rainforest, in Brazil and Peru, are dozens of so-called "un-contacted" tribes. These indigenous and historic communities have had little to almost no contact with the outside world. The Mashco Piro people are believed to have fled into the recesses of the jungle during the Amazon Rubber "Boom" in the late 1800s. This was a time of enslavement and death for many tribes. The Mashco Piro had rejected all contact with outsiders until recently.
Nicaragua - Poisonous Spray (Grace Gonzalez)
Chile - Saving a Language. A 25-year-old Chilean musician is trying to keep the culture of a tribe alive by saving its language. His name is Keyuk and his mission is to use the ancient words to unite descendants. Linguists estimate there are some 7,000 different languages still spoken in the world today. But a recent study indicates half of those languages could disappear by the end of the century. Portugal - Cavaquinho. It may look like a ukulele, but this stringed instrument is called a cavaquinho.
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The vast, strange, sometimes contradictory world of the urban desert and its people are explored in 11 public art exhibits and their respective locations scattered throughout Coachella Valley.KCET Original
Globally renowned playwright and activist Eve Ensler performs one act from her new "Fruit Trilogy."
This film explores the difficult choices that lead to trafficking of young women in Romania.KCET Original
Kenyan women have faced an epidemic of rape during the English military's 50-year stay in the Samburu region. Meet the women who run a community to support victims.KCET Original
In Manila, a performance artist, a pole dancer, a rap battle champion, a visual artist and a painter explore the multiple facets of a city now in the grip of a new government engaged in a brutal drug war.
A film by critically acclaimed filmmaker Lilly Rivlin traces the ongoing legacy of activist and community organizer Heather Booth.