The WORLD Beyond Our Own Backyards: Documentaries to Watch in August

As the summer winds to a close, slow down this August with WORLD films that cast a light on often-overlooked communities and issues here at home and around the globe.

From Surf and Land to New York Fashion Week: New Films from Pacific Heartbeat

Through rich and artistically-told stories about these Indigenous people and places, Pacific Heartbeat centers the beauty and diversity of the Pacific Islands. Four new films premiering in August present contemporary stories from Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander women.

'Afghanistan: The Wounded Land' Explores the Decades-Long War for Peace

Through a series of four films narrated by "The Kite Runner" author Khaled Hosseini, Afghanistan: The Wounded Land creates an opportunity to learn about Afghanistan’s history, understand the struggles of others who are not unlike ourselves, and build a more peaceful and prosperous global future.


A group of international women peacemakers sets out on a risky journey across the DMZ between North and South Korea, calling for an end to the 70-year war that has divided the peninsula and its people. Comprised of Nobel Peace Laureates and renowned activists, the team faces daunting logistical and political challenges as they forge a path with their Korean sisters toward peace and reconciliation.

Buffalo Soldiers: Fighting on Two Fronts

Established by Congress, the 14th Amendment promised citizenship in exchange for enlistment; though they were denied due to Jim Crow laws, African American men still served. Examine the profound and often-contradictory roles played by Buffalo Soldiers in U.S. history, and how they fought on two sets of front lines: military conflicts abroad and civil rights struggles at home.

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