"On October 7, 2006, Vladimir Putin's 54th birthday, the journalist Anna Politkovskaja is shot in the lift of her Moscow home. Anna's death is a personal tragedy: she has just learnt that she is to become a grandmother. But the murder is also a political act, for Politkovskaja was the President's fiercest critic. Why was she shot in cold blood, this elegant woman who was always on the side of the weak and those who had no rights? Was it because of the stance she took against the war in Chechnya - a war that was virtually ignored in the world at large and yet became a turning point in Anna's life?"--Film press kit.
Video — 1 videodisc (40 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Provides an overview of contemporary popular culture in South Korea. Describes how elements of traditional Korean culture, such as Buddhism, have influenced modern culture. Examines how some traditions have evolved into new forms, such as the development of nanta, a form of performance art that is rooted in traditional samulnori percussion music. Looks at the increasing international interest in Korean movies, pop music, and TV dramas, such as the historical drama Daejanggeum.
Video — 1 videodisc (40 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Provides an overview of traditional Korean homes, clothing, and food. Describes how Korean houses are adapted for the Korean climate, which is hot in the summer and cold in the winter. Examines how long roof eaves and rooms open to the breeze help Koreans keep cool in the summers. Also looks at how the ondol, or traditional Korean under-floor heating system, kept people warm in the winter. Discusses traditional Korean dress, focusing on the hanbok. Looks at the importance of rice and fermented foods in the Korean diet. Shows the preparation of kimchi, or spicy, fermented vegetables, and jang, a bean paste.