The Global Perspectives Collection encompasses more than 140 ITVS-funded films from over nearly 90 countries around the world. These independent documentaries capture ordinary and compelling voices from the filmmakers’ own communities, offering diverse perspectives on social issues, politics, and much more. The collection’s films have aired on acclaimed PBS series and many commercial outlets, including digital platforms.
by Lixin Fan and Mila Aung-Thwin
Set against the backdrop of the world’s largest annual human migration, Last Train Home follows the Zhang family who travel home on Chinese New Year to reunite with their teenage daughter.
by Ari Folman
Written and directed by Ari Folman, this animated feature relates Folman’s struggle to come to terms with his role in the 1982 Lebanon War.
by Geoffrey Smith and Rachel Wexler
A British neurosurgeon confronts the dilemmas of the doctor-patient relationship on his latest mission to Ukraine.
by Nick Francis and Marc Francis
Tracing one man's fight for a fair price, Black Gold is an eye-opening expose of the $80 billion coffee industry.
by Mai Iskander
The world’s largest garbage village is just outside Cairo. The Zabaleen (Arabic for “garbage people”) recycle 80 percent of the trash they collect, but now multinational corporations threaten their livelihood.
by Weijun Chen
Please Vote for Me follows 8-year-old students in an elementary school in China as they campaign for class monitor.
by Danny Hakim, Udi Kalinsky, and Roy Westler
Shadya Zoabi, a charismatic 17-year-old karate world champion, strives to succeed on her own terms within her traditional Muslim village in northern Israel.
by Enrica Colusso and Gioia Avvantaggiato
Through the eyes of children, ABC Colombia explores the realities that nurture and perpetuate violence in a rural community controlled by paramilitary forces.
by Nati Baratz
When one of Tibet’s greatest monks passes away, his shy, gifted disciple must complete a monumental task assigned by the Dalai Lama: to find the child who is the reincarnation of his master.
by Kim Longinotto and Florence Ayisi
A compassionate state prosecutor and court president dispense wisdom, wisecracks, and justice in fair measure at one small courthouse in Cameroon.