This documentary for PBS by award-winning filmmaker David Grubin and narrated by Richard Gere, tells the story of the Buddha’s life, a journey that seems especially relevant to our own bewildering times of violent change and spiritual confusion. The film features the work of some of the world’s greatest artists and sculptors, who across two millennia, have depicted the Buddha’s life in art rich in beauty and complexity. Segment 1
The nomadic Touareg tribes have endured years of drought and civil war. The one constant through this hardship has been the music of Tinariwen. Once a group of rebel soldiers, training alongside Colonel Gadaffi in Libya, after years of struggle and violence Tinariwen decided to lay down their guns and fight with a different weapon – music.
Situated deep in the Cambodian jungle, the majestic temple of Angkor Wat was designed to honour the Hindu god Vishnu and took over 30 years to build. (50 min)
Explore the Bamiyan Valley with archaeologist Dr. Tarzi as he digs for a long-forgotten monastery that houses the 1,000 foot Buddha in his ultimate quest to honor the Bamiyan people and their history. Also join Russian archaeologist Victor Sarianidi as he unveils and confirms whether gold treasures found underneath the Presidential palace were indeed the Bactrian Hoard treasure he helped discover and catalog two decades ago. And finally, listen to the different stories of brave Afghani artists and archivists as they recount how they went about protecting and preserving works of art and film archives from certain destruction by the Taliban. (56 min)
Broadly considered a brand that inspires fervour and defines cool consumerism, Apple has become one of the biggest corporations in the world, fuelled by game-changing products that tap into modern desires. Its leader, Steve Jobs, was a long-haired college dropout with infinite ambition, and an inspirational perfectionist with a bully’s temper. A man of contradictions, he fused a Californian counterculture attitude and a mastery of the art of hype with explosive advances in computer technology.(59 min)
This documentary was the Official Golden Harvest tribute to the master of the Martial Arts Film, 4 years after the 33 year-old Bruce Lee died of cerebral edema. His stature has only grown with time. There has been 50 or so documentaries and films made about him including the excellent 2011 I am Bruce Lee. (86 min)
This VH1 documentary looks at the rise of crack cocaine in urban America in the 1980s and it’s influence on popular culture, especially in hip-hop music. (83 min)
By the end of this year, single person-households will be the most common living arrangement in South Korea. They will make up 25 per cent of all households, a ratio that’s doubled in the last twenty years. Companies are responding to this trend by for example making ready-to-eat or easy-to-cook food, in smaller serving sizes. But the rapid growth in single-person households also worries the government. A lower marriage rate, in conservative South Korea means a low-birth rate, that equals fewer workers to support an aging population. Al Jazeera’s Florence Looi reports from Seoul.
Anthony Bourdain and the No Reservations crew goes to Lisbon. The food looks delicious and the people seem lovely even if they are a little depressed from the economic meltdown. S08E04. (42 min)