Tonight's train journey takes us from the border of Bangladesh south through India. India is a fast-changing society, which is trying to maintain its identity. One young traveller talks about his dream to become the manager of an multinational IT firm. Not an unrealistic dream in India, which has become an IT superpower in the past 10 years. India is competing with the world, but at the same time, everyone has strong ties with century old traditions.
Tonight's episode chronicles the journey from Yangon, Myanmar (Burma) to Benapole, the border between Bangladesh and India. Outside of the train there are interviews with Burmese political refugees. The trip ends in Bangladesh, a country that has endured famines, natural disasters and widespread poverty.
Travelling south from Bangkok towards Malaysia, we meet a transsexual coping with modernity and a Muslim teacher discussing Muslim separatism. Passing the Malaysian border, people on the train talk about former Prime Minister Mahathir's leadership. The train travels through Malacca and Kuala Lumpur to end at the Thai border town, Hat Yai.
In Thailand everyone seems to be on the train as the city calls. The passengers have stories about the pain of leaving the village and children, and hope for a better future. On the train, a Buddhist monk speaks of travellers having wings and non-travellers having tails. Outside the train there are portraits of a Jewish rabbi and a female Buddhist monk who try to stop time.
This episode follows a train journey through Cambodia. It was not that long ago that Cambodia lost a quarter of its citizens under the Pol Pot regime. During this period the railways became dilapidated due to neglect and conflict, but now there is a daily connection between the capital and the Thai border. Along the way, passengers talk about daily survival and the difficult task of coming to terms with the past.
Asia is hungry. Demand for food is rising but how can that be met in a world that needs to produce more food in the next 50 years than the whole of the previous 10,000? Third Eye investigates through two of the staples of life - rice and palm oil.
This film follows three Chinese students from different backgrounds striving to survive. Through their experiences the program evaluates China's education system, exploring options for students in a country where success is the only thing that matters.
Portrays modern China through the lives of the people living in one of its busiest and most iconic cities. Tonight, Jun and Long are academics in post-modern China. When Jun discover she is pregnant - unintentionally - the world is turned upside down for the young couple.
Portrays modern China through the lives of the people living in one of its busiest and most iconic cities. Tonight, a portrait of the life of Lui Wei, close friend of the director and a man who epitomises his vision of Shanghai, its peoples, and life in the bustling metropolises of urban China.
Portrays modern China through the lives of the people living in one of its busiest and most iconic cities. Tonight, the lives of a class of school children during their final year before graduating to high school. An insightful look into the Chinese education system that generates a powerful and compelling narrative formed from the dynamics of the classroom.
As part of the Future Makers series, ABC1 presents this revolutionary documentary touted as the follow-up film to Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth. Already making waves in environmental circles, The Burning Season is a story of contribution and hope; one that offers a solution to the frightening issue of global warming. Every year, there is a burning season in Indonesia. Rainforests are cut down and burnt every hour to clear land for crops such as palm oil, making Indonesia the third largest producer of carbon emissions in the world. Indonesian palm oil farmer Achmadi confronts the impact of his deliberately lit fires on climate change: what is he to do when this is the only income he knows?
Tonight's episode covers the tumultuous post-Suharto years of terrorism, tsunamis, and the smuggling of drugs and people when it became clear to Australia that it had no choice but to commit to the relationship -our mutual security being inextricably linked.
Tonight's episode covers the 30 years of Suharto rule when Australia embraced the 'strong man of Asia' despite the twin concerns of his track record of human rights abuses and his family's corruption. Huge numbers of Australians also embraced Bali. Regional stability was the overall mantra, and General Suharto provided it.
Looks at how it is only recently that the Japanese themselves have begun to show a desire to know and understand this pre-war to post-war period. The Japanese began to ask themselves many questions concerning issues like foreign occupation, individual and collective silences surrounding the 15 years of conflict. There was a slow and progressive repatriation of 6.5 million civilians and military dispersed over the former occupied territories, amidst devastation of most cities.
This two-part documentary series looks at how it is only recently that the Japanese themselves have begun to show a desire to know and understand the pre-war to post-war period. Director Serge Viallet recounts such events as the invasion of China in 1931, the Pacific War from 1942, the conditions of surrender in 1945, followed by the forced reconstruction at under the authority of the victorious Americans.
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