Wide Angle


Thirteen/WNET New York is offering the new Wide Angle Education Package free of charge. This Season 3 and 4 Package will include four programs on DVD and a 20-page Discussion Guide with insightful essays, discussions topics and resources. The materials will be useful in political science, current events, international relations, and journalism, as well as in other courses. This offer is good only while supplies last. The Education Packages for Seasons 1 and 2 won Distinguished Achievement Awards from the Association of Educational Publishers.


LADIES FIRST highlights the challenges facing Rwandan women as they lead their country's healing process ten years after the bloody genocide that killed an estimated 800,000 people. The film explores the remarkable role women play as they reshape Rwanda's political, economic and social institutions. Post-film interview with Ambassador Swanee Hunt, Director of the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

1-800-INDIA travels to Gurgaon, a suburb of New Delhi and home to India's first call center, to explore the effects of offshore outsourcing inside India. Profiling four women who work demanding jobs that require late-night shifts and Westernized work habits, Wide Angle investigates the impact of this sweeping global trend on family life, Indian culture and the landscape of India's cities and towns. Producer: Anna Cater. Director: Safina Uberoi. Post-film interview with Clyde Prestowitz, author, Three Billion New Capitalists: The Great Shift of Wealth and Power to the East.

KILLER FLU investigates the threat of a pandemic by traveling to Vietnam, epicenter of a deadly bird flu outbreak. Health officials warn that the H5N1 virus – which has jumped species from birds to humans – could kill millions of people worldwide. As Vietnam tries to contain the disease, there is growing evidence that the virus may have begun to spread via human-to-human contact. Director: Steven Silver. Producer: Micah Fink. Post-film interview with Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

YOUNG, MUSLIM AND FRENCH explores the increased tensions between the French Republic and its largest minority population. Wide Angle travels to a racially diverse, working-class community on the outskirts of Paris, where young Muslim women face a choice to obey the recent ban on wearing the traditional headscarf – or to flout it. The documentary reveals the hopes, frustrations, and political aspirations of second- and third-generation French-born Muslims – and considers their potential to alter France's national identity. Post-film interview with Professor Fawaz Gerges of Sarah Lawrence College.

Funding for Wide Angle was provided by PBS, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The Jacob Burns Foundation, Ford Foundation, the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Foundation, Pilar Crespi Robert and Stephen Robert, Bernard and Irene Schwartz, JPMorgan Chase, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Susan and Elihu Rose Foundation, and the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Additional funding for this Education Package has been provided by The Overbrook Foundation and The Stanley and Dorothy Winter Philanthropic Fund.


A limited number of FREE Wide Angle Season 3 and 4 Education Packages are available.

Please email your request for the Wide Angle Season 3 and 4 Education Package to: guiderequest@thirteen.org, or write to: Educational Publishing/Wide Angle, Thirteen/WNET, 825 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY 10019.

Please include your name, institution, course(s) the materials will be used in, mailing address, and e-mail address. Thank you for bringing Wide Angle into your classroom.

Educators who have previously responded to this offer have been added to our distribution list for the Season 3 and 4 Education Package. Please note that it is not necessary to send a second request. The Wide Angle Season 3 and 4 Education Package will be mailed in June 2006.

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