Wide Angle -- WINDOW INTO GLOBAL HISTORY

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 New Worker Class (1:46)  Beijing Riviera (1:39)
Photo of Dwanzhi She in his new apartment.
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Dwanzhi She, a "gold-collar" worker in Beijing, shows his new apartment.
Film Name:
To Have and Have Not
Country: China
Photo of a real estate agent in China.
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Elites in Beijing have access to luxury goods and services on an unprecedented scale.
Film Name:
To Have and Have Not
Country: China

 Barshefsky Interview (1:50)  Arduous March (2:08)
Photo of Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky.
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Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky, former U.S. Trade Representative in the Clinton Administration, discusses her views on economic change in China.
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To Have and Have Not
Country: China
Photo of a grocery in North Korea.
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The Arduous March refers to a dark period of hardship and famine in recent North Korean history.
Film Name: A State of Mind
Country: North Korea

 Small Business (2:27)  Transformed Workplaces (2:27)
Photo of a farm in Rwanda.
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Rebuilding Rwanda's economy meant that Rwandans, formerly accustomed to subsistence agriculture, had to learn to survive in the world of business. Many new small businesses were run by women.
Film Name: Ladies First
Country: Rwanda
Photo of female Indian BPO workers.
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A new influx of young, mostly female workers into India's outsourcing industries is transforming the Indian workplace.
Film Name: 1-800-INDIA
Country: India

 Shopping Culture (2:15)  The Value of a Girl (2:50)
Photo of shoes in a shoe store in India.
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Growth in the outsourcing sector also creates opportunities for employment and consumption elsewhere.
Film Name: 1-800-INDIA
Country: India
Photo of a busy street in India.
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Santosh Kohli, a worker in India's BPO industry, comes from a family of modest means.
Film Name: 1-800-INDIA
Country: India

 New Confidence (2:16)  Work Abroad (2:23)
Photo of Santosh Kohli shopping with her family.
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At first, Santosh Kohli's parents had reservations about her taking a job in the BPO industry.
Film Name: 1-800-INDIA
Country: India
Photo of Mary, an educated Zimbabwean migrant, washing a floor.
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Mary, an educated Zimbabwean migrant, describes her life and work in Botswana.
Film Name: Border Jumpers
Country: Botswana

 Economic Boom (3:01)  The Female Workforce (2:52)

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An economic boom has transformed Ireland into a prosperous nation.
Film Name: Mixed Blessings
Country: Ireland

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Irish women discuss social and economic changes that have taken place over the last half century.
Film Name: Mixed Blessings
Country: Ireland

 The High Cost of Progress (2:29)  Declining Profits (3:13)

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Indian families crave modern conveniences they cannot afford while critics claim free trade laws are driving these families deeper into debt.
Film Name: The Dying Fields
Country: India

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The high cost of borrowing money coupled with low prices for cotton in a globalized market leave the farmers of Vidarbha with very little profit.
Film Name: The Dying Fields
Country: India

 Private Money Lenders (2:50)  A New Start for Urkada (3:25)

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Private money lenders contribute to the desperation of the Vidarbhan farmer.
Film Name: The Dying Fields
Country: India

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Urkada Aturam is granted a $750 Widow's Compensation from the government following her husband's suicide.
Film Name: The Dying Fields
Country: India

 Farmers in Peril (3:07)  

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In this clip the sparse life of the rural farmer is compared to the wealth of consumer goods available to wealthier city dwellers.
Film Name: The Dying Fields
Country: India