The U.S. Agency for Global Media documentary showcase features short and long-form documentaries as well as documentary series that can be incorporated into affiliate programming or offered on-demand. Our networks report on global and local issues, profile inspiring individuals and report on topics important to our audiences. Documentaries are available in English and often versioned in local languages or subtitled.

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War-Torn,VOA 52 Documentary

A Ukrainian family separated by war has a plan to reunite. Olena flew abroad right before Russia invaded her country. The government canceled all flights home and banned men of her husband’s age from leaving. Desperate for safety, Andrii and his daughter left Kyiv, dodging attacks on roads, for a small village near the Ukrainian-Polish border. Will their plan work? And what will happen next?

52 Documentary is a documentary series that connects you with the global community through human interest stories. These vital films will take you to new places with compelling visuals and brilliant storytelling, empowering you with new ways of engaging with the world.

Category: Documentary    Length: 12:56 minutes    Transmission: OTT, Direct, Satellite    Language: English, Ukrainian    Video Format: 16 x 9 HD    Audience: General audience    Restrictions: None

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Subterráneo: Anatomía de una Canción

“Subterráneo”, de Radio Televisión Martí, es una serie que recopila la historia del movimiento de la música urbana cubana. En este capítulo: Anatomía de una Canción, “Patria y Vida”, se analizan las ramificaciones políticas y sociológicas de la canción ganadora del premio Grammy Latino contada por sus creadores.

Subterraneo (Underground), from Radio & Television Martí, is a critically acclaimed documentary series. This edition focuses on the song that took the island by storm and became a rallying cry for protestors in the historic July 11, 2021, demonstrations. The song Patria Y Vida, which won Latin Grammys for Best Urban Song and for Song of the Year, reclaims and reimagines a slogan made popular during the 1950’s Cuban revolution, “Patria o Muerte” (“Homeland or Death”).

Category: Documentary    Length: 25:41 minutes    Transmission: Direct    Language: Spanish    Video Format: 16 x 9 HD    Audience: General audience    Restrictions: None

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Terror in Tigray: The Ethiopian Refugee Crisis

Civil war has displaced many in Ethiopia's Tigray region, and there is no end in sight to their misery. VOA's Heather Murdock travels to the largely cut-off conflict zone, as well as refugee camps in neighboring Sudan, to bring the story of a complex political situation and the growing humanitarian disaster. Voice of America was among the first on the scene when this conflict broke out in late 2020. Now, VOA returns with “Terror in Tigray: The Ethiopian Refugee Crisis,” an innovative, comprehensive overview of the situation that is being simultaneously released in English as well as the Ethiopian languages of Amharic, Afaan Oromoo, and Tigrigna.

Category: Documentary    Length: 25:32 minutes    Transmission: Direct    Language: English, Amharic, Tigrigna, Afaan Oromoo    Video Format: 16 x 9 HD    Audience: General audience    Restrictions: None

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Our documentaries have won awards including from a variety of journalistic organizations and film festivals.