8 X 30 Min Series
ELSASH PRODUCTIONS c 2006
Veteran foreign correspondent Martin Himel takes you on a tantalizing journey throughout the globe to find out how various societies love, marry, pray, find cures, discover their past. These are just some of the universal themes profiled on Foreign Correspondent 8x 30 min series.
Each half hour explores one theme through three stories from three different countries.
Foreign Correspondent explores how we are all similar in our needs and dreams but very different in how we strive to achieve our goals and desires.
Thematic Episodes and Stories:
PROGRAM THEME - RELATIONSHIPS
Polygamy- Utah, USA
We see how Jeff Hanks tries to share love with three wives.
Women Body Guards- Moscow, Russia
The stereotype is Man protects Woman. But in Moscow its Women who are now often protecting very rich Men.
Cyberlove- Australia, USA, Canada
Mark and Sharon are Internet lovers living a half a world apart. They have never met. Internet Romance is becoming increasing more common . Is this internet love or internet infatuation.
PROGRAM THEME- TREATING THE SICK AND INJURED.
The World's Largest Virtual Hospital -Tel Aviv, Israel
Treatment mistakes in hospitals is a major world killer. To cut down on
those errors Dr. Amitai Ziv has established the largest virtual hospital in
world where doctors and nurses make mistakes on mannequins , not humans.
Nerve Transplants- Baltimore USA
Nick Anderson faced a bleak future with a paralyzed arm. Dr. Alan Belzberg from John Hopkins's hospital gave Nick new hope with a revolutionary nerve transplant.
Giving the Blind a Chance to See- Pyongyang North Korea.
Dr. Tang Chol Sul desperately tries to give the blind a chance to see in a country where there are no modern facilities and little or no medicines.
PROGRAM THEME- PRAYER AND RELIGION
Faith and Finance New York, USA
Dan Stratton is a preacher and a financial commodities trader. He turns to God in order to win on the NASDAQ
Praying for a Divorce Jerusalem, Israel
In Israel only a man can grant a divorce. It is the law in Orthodox Judaism.
Daniella prayed for a divorce for 12 years. Now she helps other women to force Rabbinic courts to help them divorce husbands who refuse to grant a separation.
Praying for Rice and Spiritual Survival
Pah Kah is an Akha tribal chief. He prays for a plentiful rice harvest in his North Thai village. He also prays to the Akha gods to keep Christian missionaries away from his people.
PROGRAM THEME- LOOKING FOR A MATE
Irish Matchmakers- Lisdonvarna ,Ireland
We see how Willy Daley- one of the last of the legendary Irish Matchmakers- finds love for lonely hearts in his Irish village.
Egyptian Matchmaking- Cairo, Egypt
Romance and passionate love is big in Egypt. That is until you marry, then its time for the parents to guide the children to their mate for life.
Matchmaking for Those Too Tired for Sex- Singapore
Authoritarian Singapore now commands:
Young people must work less and have more sex.
State matchmakers urge young people to "inter-phase" ie
"mate" and have more children.
PROGRAM THEME - MALE SELF-DESTRUCTIVENESS.
Youth Suicide-Sydney, Australia
More young men kill themselves in Australia than in almost any other Austral-Asian nation. Bernie Brown works to stop this self-destructive trend.
School Violence, Greensboro USA
Students are working hard to stop violence in American High Schools with peer mediation programs and teen-court that can hand out real sentences and punishment.
Suicide Bomber Role Models, Gaza
Mazen Badawi became a role model and hero for Gaza youth when he committed a suicide attack. "Martyrdom "through suicide is growing in popularity among Gaza's youth.
PROGRAM THEME - MEN AND THEIR OBSESSIONS
Obsessed with Innocence- Newark, Atlanta, New York USA
We all remember Barry Sheck defending O J Simpson.
Now he is committed to getting the innocent out of jail with DNA testing.
Obsessed with Model Flight- Negev, Israel
World Champion Lutti Andreas lives breathes, and eats for one goal- model flight racing. It is an all-consuming passion.
Obsessed with Jewish Jazz- Berlin, Germany
Musician Paul Brodi has brought his obsession-the sounds of Jewish traditional Klezmer music- to Berlin's Jazz Clubs. Jewish Jazz has become a big hit in Germany.
PROGRAM THEME- PRESERVING OUR PAST
Slow Cities- Greve Italy
Mayor Paulo Saturnini banned fast food, big retail outlets, and malls from Greve Italy. Greve is now a slow city. More than 30 other cities around the world also want to turn the clock back and become slow cities.
Letters to God- Jerusalem Israel
The two thousand year old Western Wall is kept alive by people writing to God and placing their most intimate wishes into this Jewish holy site.
Bringing an Ancient City to Life- Petra Jordan
Dahlal used to live in an ancient tomb in Petra. Now he is commanding a team of Bedouins preserving the ancient wonders of Petra-an entire city carved out of desert mountains.
PROGRAM THEME- UNUSUAL CURES
Drugs from Bugs- Salt Lake City Utah
We see how revolutionary pain killing drugs are being extracted from dangerous venom. Insects and snails that can kill humans with lethal stings are having their poisons milked, synthesized , and made into drugs that ease human anguish and pain.
Sangoma Healers- Kwazulu Natal, South Africa
Eight out of ten South Africans come to the hut of Sangomas like Michael Mhlongo and not to the infirmary of medical doctors. Sangomas offer traditional cures for disease and unhappiness. The medical establishment is trying to get Sangomas to cooperate with Doctors.
Laughter is Medicine- London UK. Tel Aviv Israel
Laugh , it keeps you healthy. We find out how medicinal clowns make the sick laugh and help them heal.