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Moscow: Expression in the Face of Suppression
Season 2, Episode 1
Moscow is a city where dissidents live in fear. After emerging from a decade of post-Soviet economic and political turmoil, the country, under Putin’s rule, is a place where authorities have tightened control over the media and stifled the opposition. The government maintains a narrative that insists on the country’s unique power in contrast with the rest of Europe. In 2011, thousands of protestors gathered in Moscow to protest electoral fraud – it was the biggest show of protest since the fall of the USSR. Yet Russia’s environment of suppression infuses the underground art scene with a strong desire to challenge, subvert and disrupt the status quo.
In this episode, we follow one Canadian photographer and four Moscow artists: Pussy Riot founder and member Masha Alekhina, an actionist – activist whose work is a reaction to the prevailing status quo, a duo of quiet protestors/poets undertaking a “silent revolution,” and a performance artist who takes his colourful, imaginative pieces to the streets. All are rebellious, using the prevailing tension to create art that extends beyond the government’s heavy hand of repression. Some have even put their freedom at stake to tell their stories.
In Jakarta, a feminist singer, a visual artist, a transgender performance artist and the country’s first female Muslim stand-up comedian, all struggle to preserve the increasingly restrictive space for free expression.
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.
Season 3, Episode 4
Chicago is a city that ranks as one of the richest and most productive in the United States, yet it has a deeply segregated urban landscape and a high murder rate. In its south and west sides, impoverished housing blocks sit beside affluent homes, universities and city stadiums. The year 2016 was the city’s most violent in over two decades with a record of 762 homicides, an increase of 58 percent since 2015.
Season 3, Episode 5
Target killings, terrorist attacks and a skyrocketing crime rate: these are the words usually used to describe Pakistan’s megalopolis Karachi. And up until recently it was considered a lawless land, taken over by gangsters and terrorist groups like the Taliban who assassinated intellectuals and artists.
One of the most significant target killings was the assassination of Sabeen Mahmuud, a feminist and intellectual who founded T2F, one of the few spaces dedicated to creation in Karachi. The case of her assassination remains unsolved.
Season 3, Episode 6
Since the democratic election of the Law and Justice Party in 2015, Poland is divided between liberals and ultra-conservatives. The country is moving away from the orbit of Western Europe and returning to a past defined by family, church and home.
In some instances, it is also moving towards a future that echoes elements of its dark history. Antisemitism on the rise and a wave of ultranationalism is sweeping the country.
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.
9m88, Balkan Beat Box featuring A-WA, Bells Atlas, Caloncho, El Buho and Tashi Wada with Yoshi Wada and Friends.KCET Original
A young Yazidi who escaped Islamic State captivity has made it her mission to help free the thousands of women and girls who remain slaves to the militant group.KCET Original
Ten-year-old Meherunnesa lives by a rail tracks slum in Bangladesh but one day, her destiny changes forever.KCET Original
In an uncommon, entertaining and inspiring demonstration of a Democrat and a Republican working together, former DNC and RNC party chairs, Donna Brazile and Michael Steele met in Charlottesville, VA.
Bankruptcy and suicide on the season 1 finale of "Follow the Money."KCET Original
Looking into the bank's "special branch" record of wrecking debtors' businesses convinces Mads and Alf and even their boss, but they still lack proof.
Veteran war correspondents Stuart Ramsay and Alex Crawford explore behind the scenes of reporting on four separate stories in the world's most dangerous areas
Five severely wounded Iraq/Afghanistan veterans work with Zach Galifianakis, Lewis Black, Bob Saget, and B.J. Novak to write and perform their own personal stand-up comedy routines.
Hotspots correspondents travel to Mosul, Iraq, Barcelona, and Myanmar.
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