Correspondent Lisa Biagiotti shares why Worldfocus didn't air daggerin' images, addresses the realities of rampant violence and adolescent sex and explores how some Jamaican artists are singing more uplifting gospel Dancehall music.
Worldfocus producer Channtal Fleischfresser reacts to the Olympic Committee's announcement. The decision makes Brazil the first South American country to host the Olympics.
A public debate erupted earlier this year when graphic Dancehall music lyrics and images were banned from Jamaica's airwaves. The public responses reveal the legacy of two Jamaicas dating back to the country's slave history, as correspondent Lisa Biagiotti reports.
Dancehall artist Spice came under attack because of the sexually-explicit song Rampin' Shop, a duet with Vybz Kartel. But not all of her songs are so graphic. Spice talks about growing up in Jamaica's ghettos and sings a refrain from her new song about her life story.
China's display on its national holiday was precisely choreographed -- a projection of the power that China has, and the global power that it has become. A fireworks display capped off the spectacle that featured a huge display of military might.
Hsin-Yin Lee, an international news editor at a Chinese newspaper, describes a recent film that has Chinese patriots buzzing. The movie features 176 stars and at least 90 settings.
Iranian film scholar Negar Mottahedeh discusses the evolution of Iranian cinema and the impact of the 1979 revolution on the industry. Watch two video clips, one from the early days of Iranian film and the other a modern comedy.
Pop culture is thriving in Iran, from music and movies to poetry and books. Iranian authorities do all they can to control what Iranian citizens see and hear. But technology is making that virtually impossible.
Israel's robust film industry is funded primarily with state grants, even though the themes can be highly critical of the government and at odds with conventional Israeli values. Many films explore issues from recent Israeli military history.
Israeli has a thriving film industry. In recent years, its films have won popular and critical acclaim while tacking difficult issues of identity and politics. Jerusalem film scholar Amy Kronish blogs about the coming of age of Israeli cinema.