International Video Assignment and Links
Here is the list of countries available for this assignment:
Country List for Research
Southern Asia: Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, etc.
Northern Asia: China, Japan, Taiwan, North Korea, South Korea, Kazakhstan, Russia, etc.
The Middle East: Israel, Palestinian Territories, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria,
Yemen, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, etc.
India / Pakistan Region: India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Burma, etc.
Africa: Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Libya, Chad, Niger, Mali, Eritrea, Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia,
South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Congo, Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, etc.
Vice / Africa (Search for Individual
Al Jazeera (Africa/Search for Individual Countries)
General (“Innovate Africa”) How Africans are using science and technology to advance
General (“Africa’s E-waste Revolution”) From recycling with cycles to using waste to build
cheap computers, meet the young social entrepreneurs changing Africa. One of the most
promising aspects of new technology is the opportunties it provides to young social
entrepreneurs across the African continent.The Woelab in Lome, Togo’s capital city, is a place
dedicated to “the democracy of technology”.
Multiple Countries (“Escaping Boko Haram”) We interview a woman who escaped from
Boko Haram militants after being kidnapped for more than five years.
(“Missionaries of Hate”) – Mariana van Zeller travels to Uganda to trace the influence of
American evangelical leaders on a proposed law that could make being gay punishable by
The Democratic Republic of the Congo
(“Congo, My Precious. The Curse of the coltan mines in Congo”) – The Democratic
Republic of Congo in Africa is one of the world’s most resource-rich countries. A wide
range of rare minerals can be found here in abundance, all commanding high prices in
world commodity markets. Diamonds for jewellery, tantalum, tungsten and gold for
electronics; uranium used in power generation and weaponry and many others. Congo has
copious deposits of raw materials that are in high demand internationally but remains one
of the poorest countries in the world. From colonisation, with the horrors of slavery and
other atrocities, to a turbulent and equally brutal present in which militant groups control
the mines, Congo’s richness in natural resources has brought nothing but misery. Referred
to as “conflict minerals”, these riches leave only a trail of death, destruction and poverty.
(“Conflict Minerals, Rebels and Child Soldiers in Congo”) – Warlords, soldiers, and child
laborers all toil over a mineral you’ve never even heard of. Coltan is a conflict mineral in
nearly every cell phone, laptop, and electronic device. It’s also tied to the deaths of over 5
million people in Congo since 1990.
(“Women dealing with the consequences of violence and rape in the Democratic Republic
of the Congo”)
Congo (“The War Criminals Trying to Prevent a Genocide”) Desperate times call for
desperate measures, as Congolese authorities turn to ex-warlords to stop another brutal conflict
from breaking out.
(“Digital Dumping Ground”) – On the outskirts of Ghana’s biggest city sits a smoldering
wasteland, a slum carved into the banks of the Korle Lagoon, one of the most polluted
bodies of water on earth. This documentary shows all of the problems of what happens to
our electronics after we have finished with them.
Female Genital Mutilation in Senegal, Africa:
HIV in Burkina Faso (Rachel is a HIV-positive mother whose goal it is to educate pregnant
women in Burkina Faso so that they will not pass on the virus to their children. Her
activities take place around the clinics of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, where she found the
help of Agnes, a nurse who teaches pregnant women the protocol of HIV prevention. One
of the main obstacles in Rachel’s journey is to overcome the problem of social exclusion for
these HIV-positive women. In this culture, the HIV question is considered by many to be a
woman’s problem. They need to make sure that their babies will not be infected, but by
doing the HIV test they worry that their community will learn about their illness and
eventually ostracise them. Rachel realises that raising awareness in the clinics of the capital
is no longer enough. She has to extend her fight to the remote area in the outskirts of
Ouagadougou where the level of education is much lower and therefore the women face a
higher level of discrimination.)
South Africa (“Inside the Culture of Rape”) – South Africa has the highest incidence in the
world of rape, yet one of the lowest conviction
South Africa (“Exploring Queer Identity”) – i-D’s latest documentary series, Out Of This
World, follows American rapper, performance artist and activist Mykki Blanco on a journey to
South Africa’s biggest city, Johannesburg to explore queer culture at a time when LGBT voices
are continually being silenced…
(“Saving Madagascar”) – A short clip about environmental preservation in Madagascar
(“My Nigeria”) A look at the Economy of Nigeria from Nollywood to politics
West Africa – Gulf of Guinea (“Pirates are Running Wild off West Africa’s Coast”)
India / Pakistan Region
Vice News / India – Latest
India (“Life as an Untouchable”) In September 2020, 4 upper caste Thakur men allegedly
brutally gang-raped and attacked a 19-year-old Dalit woman in India’s most populous
state, Uttar Pradesh. She died because of it and the police hurriedly cremated her without
the consent of the family. This tragedy led to India actually being forced to deal with its
caste problem. In this documentary, we look at the intersection of caste, gender and
violence specifically against Dalit women in India.
India (“Caste, Gender, and Violence in India”) – In September 2020, 4 upper caste Thakur
men allegedly brutally gang-raped and attacked a 19-year-old Dalit woman in India’s most
populous state, Uttar Pradesh. She died because of it and the police hurriedly cremated her
without the consent of the family. This tragedy led to India actually being forced to deal
with its caste problem. In this documentary, we look at the intersection of caste, gender,
and violence specifically against Dalit women in India.
India (“India’s Toilet Crisis”) – Vanguard travels to India, Singapore and Indonesia to
understand why people don’t use toilets and what’s being done to end the practice of open
defecation. An estimated 2.6 billion people, about 40% of the world’s population, have no
access to toilets and defecate anywhere they can. As a result, more than 2 million people —
including 1.5 million children — die from complications of chronic
India (“Child Marriage”): Instead of focusing on their education, teenage girls in Malda, a
border town in West Bengal, are focused on the fear of being forced to marry without their
consent. VICE India host Makepeace Sitlhou meets schoolgirls, Priyanka, Ismoarah, Moushumi,
and Masuda, to understand how they navigate through life in a society where the sole purpose of
a girl’s existence seems to be marriage.
India (“The Slow Poisoning of India”) -How the use of Endosulfan (pesticide) has created
widespread congential abnormalities in the children of Kochinim,
India (“Water Crisis”) – India is the largest democracy on Earth, with an advanced
economy, a highly educated population, and cutting-edge space and nuclear weapons
programs. But like many countries around the world, India hasn’t been able to provide
adequate clean water and sanitation systems for its growing population. Open defecation is
widespread, and about 80 percent of sewage in India’s cities flows directly into vital
waterways like the Ganges. Tania Rashid goes to India to see just how bad the problem is,
and why water is such a pressing issue around the world.
India (“Mental Health Crisis”) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ux14_DEw7Hs
India (“Fighting Rape in India”)
India (“Slavery: A 21st Century Evil”)
Vice Pakistan – https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Vice+Pakistan
Nepal (“Nepal’s Lost Circus Children”) – Child trafficking in Nepal and the involvement of
Vice / Middle East (Search for Individual
Iran (“Insider the US-Iran Shadow War for Control of the Middle East”) – Back in March
we sent a crew, including VICE Founder Suroosh Alvi, to Iran. We wanted to do a story
about a rash of assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists – most recently Mohsen
Fakhrizadeh, head of the country’s nuclear program. We ended up getting unprecedented
access, from Tehran to Baghdad, into the sprawling shadow war between the US and Iran
for the heart of the Middle East.
Iran and Saudi Arabia (“The Middle East’s Cold War Explained”) The Saudis and
Iranians have never actually declared war on each other. Instead, they fight indirectly by
supporting opposing sides in other countries and inciting conflicts. This is known as proxy
warfare. And it’s had a devastating effect on the region. Countries, especially poor ones,
can’t function if there are larger countries pulling strings within their borders. And that’s
exactly what’s happening in the Middle East. The Saudi-Iranian rivalry has become a fight
over influence, and the whole region is a battlefield.
(“How Can Yemen’s Humanitarian Crisis be Solved?”) Humanitarian aid agencies are
calling on Saudi Arabia to completely lift its air, sea and land blockade of Yemen. They are
warning millions are at risk as aid supplies are blocked from getting into the country.
Yemen is also in the middle of a devastating cholera outbreak that has killed at least 2,000
people since April. Saudi Arabia now says it is opening some of the ports but workers at
Hudaida port – the main entry point for relief supplies – say it remains shut.The situation is
made worse by a prolonged political crisis, with many of the players too deeply divided to
find a solution. So what is the solution for what the UN is calling the world’s worst
humanitarian crisis? https://youtu.be/FerbA_-Ue4U
Frontline “Inside Yemen”:
(“US May be aiding war crimes in Yemen”):
Palestine / West Bank (“Walls of Shame”)
Defying my Disability: Seven disabled Palestinians negotiate the challenges of life in Gaza
and the Occupied West Bank.
The Politics of Food: In an ancient city torn apart by modern conflict, can food help to
bridge political and religious divisions?
Syrian Refugees in Lebanon:
After the Arab Spring:
Syria (“Syria’s War: Who is Fighting and Why”)
Saudi Arabia (“Building Saudi Arabia’s First Movie Theater”) There are no movie theaters
in Saudi but there is strong content being created by Saudis in the underground filmmaking
scene. The challenges Saudi artists face, instead of lessening the quality of their work, actually
add layers, nuance and creativity to their work and it makes them adept at polite subversion and
they know how to challenge the system internally.
Saudi Arabia (“Desert Drifters: Illegal Street Drifting in Saudi Arabia”) Illegal drifting on
public streets has achieved cult status in Saudi Arabia by now. At the same time car accidents are
one of the main causes of death there, especially among young people. The problem is so
massive that the Saudi government is implementing extra hard punishments for drifting on public
streets. But there are alternatives. Professional drives have started academies and in doing so are
trying to make drifting a professional sport.
Saudi Arabia (“How The Saudis Ended Up With So Many American Weapons”) Saudi
Arabia and the US have a partnership that’s been in the making for over seven decades. It started
after World War II and survived the Iranian Revolution, the Cold War, the Gulf War, September
11, and the proliferation of conflicts across the Middle East. This whole time, the US has been
selling weapons to Saudi Arabia — now its number one customer. Saudis bought bombs, tanks,
guns, and planes over the years to defend themselves from various threats. The US supplied
those weapons because the Saudi’s threats have usually been a threat to the US as well. Today,
there’s a shift in the relationship. Saudi Arabia’s intervention in Yemen has created the worst
humanitarian disaster in the world – and thrown the Middle East into chaos. The problem is, the
Saudis are using US bombs to do it.
United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Dubai (“Dubai’s Luxury Life”) – People from all over the world have come to Dubai to
pursue the Dubai Dream. This video looks at luxury of Dubai, the tensions between the
conservative native population and the wealthy foreigners, and the impact of the global
recession on Dubai
Afghanistan (“Living Beneath Drones”)
Kuwait (“American Fast Food Took Over Kuwait and Made Its People Obese”) Obesity is
now the biggest health threat facing Kuwait — and the country’s obsession with American fast
food could be to blame. The very first McDonald’s restaurant appeared in Kuwait on a U.S.
military base set up to support the 1991 invasion of Iraq. Since then, the industry has rapidly
expanded — there are now hundreds of U.S. fast food restaurants in Kuwait and as a result, the
country has become one of the most obese nations on the planet.
Vice / Asia (Search for Individual Countries)
(“Russia’s Ghost Towns”) Hundreds of industrial towns across Russia face extinction.
Once the pride of the Soviet Union, many have now been abandoned and millions have lost
jobs and homes after the collapse of their local industry. The government now has a plan to
save at least some of Russia’s dying towns.
South Korea (“Dying to Deliver: Overworked in South Korea)
Japan (The population collapsing / Virtual Girlfriends – “No Sex Please, We’re Japanese”)
Japan (Nuclear Meltdown in Fukishima)
(“The Devastating Effects of Pollution in China”) We went to the single most polluted place
on earth, the coal-mining town of Linfen in Shanxi Province, China, where kids play in dirty
rivers and the sun sets early behind a thick curtain of smog.
(“China’s Psycho Boom From Life in Lockdown”) Mental health has long been a stigmatized
topic in China. Under Chairman Mao’s rule, psychology was dismissed as a bourgeois self-
delusion, and was even banned until the 1970s. But since the early 2000s, growing interest in
mental health has created what’s known as a “psycho-boom”: more and more Chinese are
opening up about their mental health struggles and seeking treatment. The collective trauma of
the COVID-19 pandemic has further allowed people to open up in ways that never before
seemed possible. Pop psychology and mindfulness-oriented apps have flourished, giving once-
stigmatized discussions of mental wellbeing a new lifestyle cachet. This surge in interest has
created a new problem, though—with lack of regulation in mental health care making it difficult
for people in need to find reliable therapists.
(“China’s Fake Boyfriends”) (Having recently turned 27, Li Chenxi has reached the age at
which unmarried women in China are labelled “sheng nu” or “leftover women”. It’s a
stigma that carries deep ramifications within her social life, workplace and especially
among her family. But with a blossoming career in Beijing, Li Chenxi has no desire to get
married. As Chinese New Year looms she makes her annual journey home to face greater
than ever expectations. In search of a solution that staves off the marital pressures, Li
Chenxi decides to commit the ultimate deception: She hires a handsome boyfriend in
Beijing to take home to meet her family and friends.)
China (“Who’s Afraid of Ai Wei Wei?” – China’s global Art star uses his fame to push the
bounds of freedom in his country. But, he is walking a fine line.)
(“How China Tracks Everyone”) VICE’s Elle Reeve heads to China to investigate the rise of
facial recognition technology — and what that means for all of us.
China (“A Man Fights Gay Conversion Clinics in China”)
China (“China’s Vanishing Muslims”) China’s Uighur minority live a dystopian nightmare of
constant surveillance and brutal policing. At least one million of them are believed to be living in
what the U.N. described as a “massive internment camp that is shrouded in secrecy,” while many
Uighur children are taken to state-run orphanages where they’re indoctrinated into Chinese
customs. The Uighurs’ plight has largely been kept hidden from the world, thanks to China’s
aggressive attempts to suppress the story at all costs. VICE News’ Isobel Yeung posed as a
tourist to gain unprecedented access to China’s western Xinjiang region, which has been nearly
unreachable by journalists. She and our crew experienced China’s Orwellian surveillance and
harassment first-hand during their time in Xinjiang, and captured chilling hidden-camera footage
of eight Uighur men detained by police in the middle of the night. We spoke with members of
the Uighur community about their experience in these camps, and about China’s attempts to
silence their history and lifestyle under the cover of darkness.
China (“The Extreme 996 Work Culture in China”) “996” is a common term used by
employees at China’s tech companies to describe their working life- starting work at 9am and
leaving at 9pm, working six days a week. VICE World News looks at China’s hyper-competitive
work culture and the costs to their personal and social lives.
(“The Secret State of North Korea” – FRONTLINE shines a light on the hidden world of
the North Korean people, drawing on undercover footage from inside the country as well
as interviews with defectors—including a former top official—who are working to try to
chisel away at the regime’s influence.)
(“North Korea’s Deadly Dictator / Frontline”) Who killed Kim Jong-un’s half brother,
Kim Jong-nam, and what does the murder reveal about the North Korean leader and his
(“North Korea Undercover”) – While North Korea’s ‘Supreme Commander’ Kim Jong-Un
has been threatening thermo-nuclear war against the United States, Panorama reporter
John Sweeney spent eight days undercover inside the most rigidly controlled nation on
Earth. Travelling from the capital Pyongyang to the countryside beyond and to the de-
Militarised Zone on the border with South Korea, Sweeney witnesses a landscape bleak
beyond words, a people brainwashed for three generations and a regime happy to give the
impression of marching towards Armageddon.)
(“Voices from North Korea” – BBC Documentary”)
Philippines (“Philippines Baby Factory”) – At the Dr Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital in
the Philippines’ capital, Manila, an infant is born every 12 minutes. Many of the new
mothers are teenagers, some just 13. This devoutly Catholic nation, where abortion is
illegal, is the only Asian country where teenage pregnancy has increased in the last two
decades. Authorities say they want to reduce the birth rate, but the fight to make
contraception readily available has been plagued by setbacks.
The Philippines (“Duterte’s Drug War”) A searing, on-the-ground look at President Rodrigo
Duterte’s deadly campaign against suspected drug dealers and users in the Philippines. “On the
President’s Orders” is told with unprecedented access to the police themselves. It offers
a gripping, visually stunning window into the war on drugs — those carrying it out, and those
most impacted by it.
Al Jazeera Documentaries (Make sure country is on the
Al Jazeera Witness: http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/witness/
Al Jazeera 101 East: http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/101east/
Al Jazeera World: http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/aljazeeraworld/
General International Video Sites (From all over the world)
Al Jazeera People and Power
Al Jazeera View Finder
Al Jazeera Documentaries
General International Video Sites (From all over the world)
Al Jazeera America
Frontline World (Only use videos after 2005)
Frontline (Both US and World)
IDFA – International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
Al Jazeera Documentaries (Youtube) [Some videos are blocked / unavailable]
NBC World News
PRI’s The World
Topic Based Video Lists
Al Jazeera / Women’s Rights