Topics: Globalization, Human Rights, Music / Art / Culture
"Behind Closed Borders": This episode chronicles the journey from Yangoon, Myanmar (Burma) to Benapole, the border between Bangladesh and India. Both Burma and Bangladesh are closed societies. In Burma all opposition, Buddhist or not, is silenced. It is one of the most dictatorial societies of our times. Outside of the train there are portraits of political refugees. Bangladesh is a country of contrasts, where the government speaks against terrorism and modern Islam, but at the same time shuts down any type of dissent. But Bangladesh is also a country of literature and music, and one of the travellers offers her daughter’s hand in marriage.
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Trails from the East is a 13-part documentary series that chronicles a train voyage from the East to the West, through fast-changing societies, along the birthplaces of five world religions. The series tackles some of the great questions of today’s globalizing world. How do people cope with the continuing globalization? Is it a threat or an opportunity?