PBS Gears Up for Season Two of "Wide Angle"
by Brian Brooks
Plans for Thirteen/WNET New York's international documentary series, "Wide Angle" are underway as the critically acclaimed series gears up for its second season on July 10th on PBS. Hosted by former Assistant Secretary of State Jamie Rubin and BBC-trained journalist Daljit Dhaliwal, "Wide Angle" features a 45-minute documentary each week by filmmakers exploring international social, political and economic stories of importance today. Following the film presentation, Rubin and Dhaliwal speak to expert guests about relevant issues related to the film to offer perspective and insight. Last year's guests included Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz, UNICEF chief executive Carol Bellamy, and former U.S. Senator George Mitchell among others.
The new season includes ten new episodes with a mixture of commissioned films and international co-productions. Subjects range from AIDS in the Angolan military, to current civil turmoil in Iran and the black economic empowerment movement in South Africa. "Wide Angle" will also present a two-hour special on the burgeoning crisis of human trafficking, taking viewers to Argentina, Moldova, Canada and China to examine the human catastrophe in the doc, "Dying to Leave," scheduled for September.
In addition, "Wide Angle" will also begin a documentary project called "Back to School" to focus on the crisis in global education. The program, which seeks international partners, will follow a group of five-year-olds in rich and poor cities and villages worldwide to take a look at the World Education Forum's goal of universal education by 2015.
"To be an enlightened citizen today, a thorough understanding of the forces at work in world events has become absolutely essential," said executive producer Stephen Segaller in the program announcement. "Through serious and sensitive on-location reporting and by telling stories with a human face, 'Wide Angle' has really connected with viewers, helping them realize that what happens around the world affects us all, and thereby inviting them to take a deeper interest in international affairs."
"Wide Angle" received the Silver Hugo for Television Series: Educational/Documentary at the 39th Chicago International Television Awards.
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