Borderlands

This documentary takes a powerful and intimate look at the people who are living at little known, mysterious borderlines between two countries, how they struggle to survive and thrive in very unique circumstances. 

From the town of Golden Boten to the conflicted maritime region of the Philippines and Malaysia, all the way to Kinmen and the complex Bangladeshi-Indian border, the series shows how individuals are marginalised, fleeing events in their own countries, and how they go in search of income and stability that comes from being on the other side of the border.

It’s a unique way of life that combines cultures and practices from across two countries. It echoes a shared sense of belonging, friendship and many times, rivalry, and most importantly, the conflicting sentiment of dual identities. 

 

Genre: Social Interests
Language: English
Year: 2020

Duration: 4 Episodes x 60 Minutes
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Show Format: HD

Episodes

Episode 1 – Tawi-Tawi Danger Zone
A maritime border area Tawi-Tawi separates Philippines and Malaysia. Known for being hostile and dangerous, it has rich natural resources and is home to the extremely endangered Sulu Hornbill.

Episode 2 – The Golden City of Boten
A notorious casino town frequented by Chinese tourists that saw suicides due to the upsurge in gambling. A new high-speed railway development brings new promise to the area.

Episode 3 – Kinmen’s War Past
For 30 years, Kinmen island was once the site of epic and bloody battles between the Taiwanese and Chinese forces. But the stoic locals forged a new industry out of this painful history – tourism.

Episode 4 – The Displaced People of Kurigram
The story of the porous Bangladesh-Indian border and the stateless in enclave areas, and how a land swap between both countries in 2015 changed everything.