Area Studies Video Collection

Streaming Video Collection
  • 2,696Titles
  • 33,325Segmented Clips
  • 1,852Hours
  • 383Subject Categories
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In an increasingly flat world, an understanding of the histories, politics, cultures, and economies of different countries and regions of the globe is becoming essential to more professions than ever before. This large collection contains critically acclaimed documentaries and feature programming on some of the world’s fastest-growing countries, such as China, India, Russia, and Brazil, as well as major regions including Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and more.

Collection Highlights:

  • Numerous timely documentaries on migration and refugee issues including Europe’s Border Crisis: The Long Road; Children of the Great Migration; Greece: Odyssey; A Requiem for Syrian Refugees; and others.
  • Fighting the Tide: Developing Nations and Globalization – a 22-part series that documents how the consumption and spending habits of Western civilization affects people thousands of miles away, with each episode focusing on a different country.
  • A South American Journey, with Jonathan Dimbleby and An African Journey, with Jonathan Dimbleby – two highly acclaimed BBC series, totaling six hours, featuring distinguished broadcaster and cultural ambassador Jonathan Dimbleby as he tours two of the world’s least understood continents.
  • China on China – an eight-part series offering a wide range of perspectives from inside China as it looks at culture, politics, and daily life.
  • Stephen Fry in Central America – a remarkable four-part road trip through this dangerous yet breathtakingly beautiful region.
  • The Story of India, with Michael Wood – a six-part series in which historian Michael Wood studies the intense drama of India’s past, the originality and continuing relevance of its ideas, and the richness and diversity of its peoples, cultures, and landscapes.
  • Multiple titles from National Geographic documenting how societies in different parts of the world approach common issues such as death, the role of the family, the role of women, body image, justice, and more.
  • Dishonorable Killings: Punishing the Innocent – documentary on the practice of “honor killing” that still prevails in many Middle Eastern and Central Asian countries.
  • Lost Children: Uganda’s Youngest Soldiers – a powerful, award-winning documentary that examines the tragic stories of two boys and two girls between the ages of eight and 14 who escaped their forced participation in the murderous Lord’s Resistance Army.
  • What Are We Doing Here? Why Western Aid Hasn’t Helped Africa – a multiple-award-winning documentary that follows four young Americans as they experience firsthand the scope and intractability of Africa’s suffering, while aid workers, government officials, and ordinary individuals explore why providing aid is no panacea.
  • Flowers of Rwanda: Making Peace with Genocide – winner of multiple film festival awards, this documentary looks at Rwanda 12 years post-genocide and asks whether killers and survivors can coexist.
  • Approach of Dawn: Forging Peace in Guatemala – award-winning documentary that profiles three Mayan women and their efforts on behalf of peace in the wake of the 36-year civil war that devastated Guatemalan families and culture.
  • China: Triumph and Turmoil – a three-part series in which Harvard University history professor Niall Ferguson contemplates the future of a country where a fifth of humanity lives under a Communist government with a capitalist economy.

All titles are segmented into short, pedagogical clips, ideal for intermittent use during classroom lectures. For classwork viewing, students can choose to watch an entire film without interruption. Titles within the collection are sorted across browsable subject categories, enabling refined searches for available titles in specific topic areas.


  • Conveniently segmented for lecture and in-class use
  • Unlimited access from any location—on campus or off
  • More than 1,450 hours of educational videos, lectures, and documentaries from top producers
  • Custom Content Upload Option
  • Captions, interactive transcripts, citations, Google Translate, and more
  • New videos added at no additional cost
  • Easily embed videos into Canvas, Blackboard, Moodle, or other CMS
  • Tablet, mobile, PC & Mac friendly
  • Create and share personalized playlists using segments from multiple videos
  • Add a personalized video introduction to any playlist you create
  • Keyword tags for all content, linking to related material

ABC News
Bill Moyers
California Newsreel
Canadian Broadcast Corp
Channel 4 Learning
ClickView Pty Limited
Falling Walls Foundation
Films for the Humanities & Sciences
History Education
Modern Marvels
monterey media
MVD Entertainment Group
National Film Board of Canada
National Geographic
NBC News
Open University
PBS – Empires
PBS NewsHour
Wide Angle

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