Eight episodes from the foreign affairs maga­zine Diogenes, broad­cast every month by the VPRO. Each episode consists of three or four reports which tackle one theme in the time span of 60 minutes. 16 September 1990 Opium of the people provides a picture of the power of the Islamic mullahs in the Soviet republic of Uzbek­istan. In The Spokesman, this is discussed with Genadi Gerasimov of the Soviet Minister of Foreign Affairs, who also gives the Soviet view­point on the Gulf Crisis. The Planned Economy is about pollu­tion, drying out and silting up of the Aral Sea. Fathers and Daugh­ters regis­ters the reunion of Russians who have emigrated to the USA with their family in Leningrad. 14 October 1990 Unity 1, Arab unity. Egyp­tians flee Iraq across the desert while in Cairo, rich Kuwaitis wait for the liber­a­tion, while the spokesman of an oppo­si­tion party talks about Arab unity. Unity 2 is set in the demil­i­tarised zone between North and South Korean where Amer­ican soldiers and rebel­lious Korean students exer­cise. In Unity 3, the Russian cameraman Boris Sokolov returns to Berlin where he first arrived in 1945 serving in the Red Army. 11 November 1990 In Old Nobility an East German village prepares for the return of the Von Bismarck family which claims its estates around Schön­hausen. The Old Church sketches a picture of the influ­ence of the Catholic church in Poland. The Old Owner portrays an expro­pri­ated Hungarian gentleman farmer. The New Future follows a Rumanian family on its first steps in the USA. 16 December 1990 The War is Past shows an inter­view with the Iranian pres­i­dent Rafsan­jani about the pure Islamic doctrine. The War Preserved gives a guided tour of the Impe­rial War Museum in London. The War is a regis­tra­tion of the situ­a­tion in Afghanistan after the depar­ture of the Russians. 3 February 1991 For The Fron­tier in the North film was shot in Norwe­gian Kirkenes, where a flood of Soviet people is expected. The Fron­tiers in the East provides an impres­sion of the journey Baghdad — Amman — Jerusalem just before and during the Gulf War. The Fron­tiers in the South looks at the (il)legal passage of North Africans to Spain. 3 March 1991 Despair looks at the ques­tion of whether the USSR has become more conser­v­a­tive. A censor is again walking around at Moscow TV news. Amer­ican congressman argues in Secu­rity for the use of tactical nuclear weapons in the Gulf War. The Pales­tinian- Israeli actor Barki goes in search of his father, a trans­ves­tite and philoso­pher in Doubt. 31 March 1991 Telford Taylor, pros­e­cutor in Neuren­berg trials, argues in Justice that any Gulf-War tribunal should look at both sides. In Work, an ex-miner and an indus­tri­alist talk about the Bori­nage area of Belgium. Capital shows Hong Kong busi­nessmen who are settling in Canada because of 1997’. 28 April 1991 Picture of South Africa elab­o­rated on the basis of the items History, The Land, Poli­tics, The Church, Hatred, Race and The Future.

Title: Diogenes
Year: 1990
Category: Long Documentary
Edition: NFF 1991

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