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Liberia: America’s Stepchild

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Nancee Oku Bright’s documentary Liberia: America’s Stepchild tells the history of Liberia and the country’s relationship with the United States. It airs on some PBS stations on Thursday, October 10th, but check local listings because many stations (including WGBH which produced it) are showing it on other days.

This isn’t your standard PBS documentary because Bright narrates and weaves her own story into the program. When she says that over 150,000 people have died in the Liberia’s civil war, it becomes more than an unfathomable number when she mentions that includes four of her relatives. AllAfrica has an interview with Bright.

If you miss it on your local station, the program is available on video (and many libraries order PBS shows).

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  • g.kangles

    the pbs documentary on liberia was outstanding! i was shaken and amazed by its content and quality – very errie!

  • http://www.well.com/~srhodes Steve Rhodes

    It is an important documentary. I’m glad you were able to see it.

    One nice thing about shows on PBS is they can usually be played a number of times during a several year window, so hopefully more people will find it.

  • Don Murphy

    What’s worse, one of the “politicians” profiled, Dr. George Boley, at the time of the documentary was employed as a High School Administrator in the Rochester Ciity School District in upstate NY! What a role model!

    Don Murphy.

    AS of 2006, he still lives in the Rochester area, but is protected by local and national politicians who are blocking his extradition.