WORLD Channel Introduces DOCWORLD; Exclusive Documentaries Bring Global Stories to U.S. Audiences

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As Americans find themselves increasingly connected to international events and communities, WORLD Channel announces Doc World, a new showcase of non-fiction storytelling from around the globe.

This curated collection of 10 documentaries premieres September 18, 2016, on public media's WORLD Channel (check local listings) and is presented in editorial partnership with ITVS, CAAM, NBPC, and the W.H.Y. Foundation. Doc World will air exclusively on WORLD Channel, and will stream at WORLDChannel.org and via the PBS app.
Doc World films offer compelling, unique voices and stories while providing a contemporary window into the lives and concerns of people in other countries with historical context. The series includes several worldwide broadcast premieres and films that are new to premiere in the US. This collection offers fresh, new perspectives for American audiences who will see the world as never before through these vibrant stories of individuals and communities.
"Doc World is a 'passport' to people and places that our audiences cannot see anywhere else in American television," says Chris Hastings, Executive Producer of WORLD Channel. "Filmmakers from here in the US and from other countries will share remarkable stories of transfomation, and through these stories, Americans will find they share interests, concerns, and joys with people in other nations."
Doc World launches with the premiere of the highly anticipated film, THE KILLING FIELDS OF DR. HAING S. NGOR (September 18, 2016). Produced by award-winning filmmaker Arthur S. Dong, the film tells the story of Haing Ngor, one of the most recognized survivors of the Cambodian genocide and a man who became a worldwide ambassador for justice in his homeland, only to be murdered in a Los Angeles Chinatown alley. Dr. Ngor revisited the story of the Cambodian death camps in his Oscar-winning performance in the theatrical film THE KILLING Fields. Anchored by Ngor's powerful autobiography and presented in an original mix of animation and live action, the film presents a transcontinental journey of loss and reconciliation.
The season will continue with AMONG THE BELIEVERS (October 16, 2016), a film set during the bloodiest period in Pakistan's modern history. With terrorism at the forefront of American minds, AMONG THE BELIEVERS is a dramatic and chilling examination of the ideological battles shaping the education of Pakistan's children. While educators and a growing activist movement work valiantly against the Taliban regime, a fanatical cleric named Abdl Aziz Ghazi is creating his own version of a strict Islamic utopia. Two students, Talha and Zarina, are caught on opposite sides of the conflict, their fates hanging in the balance.

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Illustration by Yori Mochizuchi/World Channel.



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