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Subject: So. Studies/Sciences: Geography/Cultures

The Southeast Asia Series

A series of independently produced documentaries, filmed on-location, blending historical background with contemporary studies of countries and cultures of Southeast Asia. Programs available on 11 individual DVDs, Digital Streaming Files or Videos; also in an 11-Disc Set. For pricing call in US: 800.876.2447/Intl. Click for more

Laos: Closed to Prying Eyes

Laos: Closed to Prying Eyes

"Highly Recommended. This is an informative documentary about the current political situation in Laos. Living in desperate poverty, the Laotian people make their living mostly from subsistent farming. And though officials deny there is any rebellious faction in Laos, interviews with rebel leaders indicate an active movement to overthrow the government." -School Library Journal
Laos is often the forgotten land of Southeast Asia, overshadowed by its notoriously disaster-ridden neighbors: Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar (Burma). Narrated by reporter Ginny Stein, this revealing documentary shows the people of Laos live landlocked in desperate poverty, the poorest in Southeast Asia, and Laos' image of peace and harmony is enforced by a ruthless dictatorship that crushes all opponents. Amnesty International has long been aware of the poor human rights' record: "We know that torture and ill-treatment are endemic in Laos police stations and prisons. We know that people are imprisoned for their peaceful political and religious beliefs." Yet, unlike the situation in Myanmar (Burma), the oppressive methods here have seldom generated headlines and Laos has not suffered international sanctions. Produced by ABC Australia. 05/09DE JSCA 20 min.

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