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Jakarta: Art Defying Moral Conservatism
Season 3, Episode 3
Indonesia, where the national motto is “Bhinneka Tunggal Ika” or “Unity in Diversity,” is home to both the world’s largest Muslim majority as well as six additional religions. The country has had a difficult history under the 32-year dictatorship of General Suharto whose repressive and corrupt militarized rule led to the deaths of hundred thousand.
Despite the repression, his government prioritized religious tolerance. His resignation in 1998 ushered in a new era with a more liberal socio-political environment, opening up spaces for different groups to organize. Conservative groups took advantage of this change and in recent years, a growing Islamist movement and a new wave of conservative populism are threatening the identity of Jakarta’s religious and ethnic diversity. The impact has been particularly grave on LGBTQ communities, secular groups, women, and other marginalized people.
This episode features: Ari Bayuaji, an Indonesian-Canadian visual artist whose sculptures address the problem of censorship; Kartika Jahja, a singer whose music contains strong messages for gender equality; Sakdiya Ma'ruf, a Muslim stand-up comedian whose controversial performances urge people to engage in dialogue about taboos in Indonesia; and Tamara Pertamina, a transgender performance artist whose practice questions notions around religion and sexual identity and orientation. Each is daring to push the boundaries of their own craft, widening the space to tackle controversial subjects in a place where artists are becoming increasingly suppressed.
Season 1, Episode 1
Beirut is a battle-scarred city that has survived military invasions and civil war. Currently it struggles with a Muslim and Christian divide, the influx of hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees and has Isis looming over their country’s northern border. Still, Beirut is considered the cultural hub of the Middle East. Reverberating with the sounds of musicians, performers and activists as well as hosting one of the best nightlife scenes in the world, Beirut is an enigma.
Season 1, Episode 2
In a city on the divide between Russia and Europe, the art of protest stands against war and corruption. Kiev has a government that ignores its citizens and responds to demonstrators with violent measures. Now, artists and activists are spearheading the fight to claim Ukrainian cultural identity.
Season 1, Episode 3
Amid the chaos and confusion from Greece's financial meltdown, artists from all corners of Athens are gathering to protect Athenian culture through the power of their art. In this episode, four artists show how they are fighting to counteract the bleak outlook of their urban landscape: iNO, the city's only incognito graffiti artist; photographer Panagiotis Maidis; electro-pop group Kid Flicks formed by Nickos Dervisis; and film and television producer Theo Simantirakis.
Season 1, Episode 4
In Port-au-Prince; a radio host, a photographer, a Rabòday singer and a creole rapper showcase the emerging and subversive sounds and images of Haiti in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake.
Season 1, Episode 5
After two decades of violence and corruption under the reign of the largest cocaine drug cartel operation in history, Medellín, Colombia awakens to the sights, sounds and colors of an urban renaissance crafted by a group of creative entrepreneurs, artists and visionary city planners defying street wars.
Taofia Pelesasa presents a controversial play to his Tokelauan community in which their island homeland is lost to climate change and submerged forever.KCET Original
Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor and one of the most beloved and influential voices in progressive politics today, contends that America has trapped itself in a cycle that has left us more divided than ever.KCET Original
There's a persisting assumption in contemporary art circles that you can't be a good artist and good mother both. These fou artists are working to shatter this cliché, juggling demands of career and family and finding ways to explore the maternal.KCET Original
Alex Crawford goes on the trail with an American trophy hunter.KCET Original
Researcher/inventor Paul Stamets illuminates how fungi offer uniquely powerful, practical solutions we can implement now to boost the biosphere’s immune system.KCET Original
The third season of "Sound Tracker" begins with Sami Yaffa’s exploring music's influence on Colombia.
The multi-cultural Miami River originates where Native Americans still value its resources, and ends where the super-wealthy park their yachts.
The world’s largest land predator is under threat, and George is heading to Canada’s far north to see how polar bears are coping with their rapidly changing climate.
Javier weds heiress Laura Montenegro unaware of her secret. Alicia's abductor returns to the hotel to blackmail Diego.
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