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World; Italy: Chain Reaction


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Italy: Chain Reaction
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Documentary series with international stories. Predecessor to FRONTLINE, executive producer David Fanning. Five seasons from 1978-1981. "WORLD has presented a series of international documentaries. One of our concerns has been to show the world as others see it, and we are committed to the idea that we should include those who normally don't have a chance to have their voices heard." -- quote from opening to Blacks Britannica (1978) Series release date: 1978

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January 1979 was one of the most turbulent months in recent Italian history, with more than 350 acts of political violence, including murder by both the far-right and far-left. And there was a government crisis leading to early elections in June for the 34th government in the 30 years of the republic. Program explores the maze of Italian politics from the perspective of the extreme left whose disenchantment with Europe's Communist Party was a contributing factor in the current crisis. To discover why so many young Italians support revolutionary politics, radio broadcasts are used to follow the debate.



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Global Affairs
Chicago: “World; Italy: Chain Reaction,” 05/03/1979, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 28, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A5429B7DABE142EDA43416BCC89354A8.
MLA: “World; Italy: Chain Reaction.” 05/03/1979. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 28, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A5429B7DABE142EDA43416BCC89354A8>.
APA: World; Italy: Chain Reaction. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A5429B7DABE142EDA43416BCC89354A8
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