VPRO‘s weekly, 50-minute, Future Affairs- program, balances on the edge of storytelling and journalism. It focuses on our globalized world in which societies, economies and cultures seek a new equilibrium. Backlight aims to grasp the quintessence of prominent trends and developments.


  • Second thoughts

    Second thoughts

    9-feb-2009 0:00:00

    The dilemmas surrounding euthanasia are nowhere in the world as openly under discussion as in the Netherlands. However, this does not make the issues any less emotionally charged. Backlight follows the negotiations between a doctor, a patient and the family in an Amsterdam nursing home.

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  • A way out of the war on terror

    A way out of the war on terror

    9-feb-2009 0:00:00

    Some call it the War on Terror; some call it the Clash of Civilizations; one man calls it just another conflict on the global political game board to resolve. And for him that’s just another day at work.

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  • The Israel Lobby

    The Israel Lobby

    9-feb-2009 0:00:00

    For many years now the American foreign policy has been characterized by the strong tie between the United States and Israel. Does the United States in fact keep Israel on its feet? And how long will it continue to do so?

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  • Daddy is a Martyr

    Daddy is a Martyr

    9-feb-2009 0:00:00

    In Backlight: My Daddy is a Martyr, the viewer gets the opportunity to get an unique view into the lives of members of Hezbollah’s Shiite Muslim community.

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  • The Truth according to Wikipedia

    The Truth according to Wikipedia

    9-feb-2009 0:00:00

    As traditional mass media wither away and an increasing number of people access information through Wikipedia, critics warn that “our” Web is taking a course that will eventually lead to an info-crisis and loss of truth.

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  • The Voice of Generation Obama

    The Voice of Generation Obama

    26-jan-2009 0:00:00

    This documentary profiles the Obama campaign's massive youth movement and Obama's 27-year-old speechwriter Jon Favreau

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  • Here Comes the Sun

    Here Comes the Sun

    20-okt-2008 0:00:00

    The sun could easily provide the planet with sufficient energy, if only we are willing to change and to invest in harvesting that solar energy...

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  • The race for the car of the future

    The race for the car of the future

    29-sep-2008 0:00:00

    With rising temperatures and rising gas prices, cars need to become greener fast. And superficially, the large car manufacturers seem to work hard to improve the fuel efficiency of their products. But are they really? The technology to make cars much more fuel efficient already exists for decades, but it never makes it to the showroom. Why do we have to wait so long for fuel efficient vehicles?

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  • Rising Gulf

    Rising Gulf

    8-sep-2008 0:00:00

    While the focus of most of the worlds media is on conflict areas in the Middle East, a silent revolution is taking place in the Gulf States. A rapid modernization process is taking place in this part of the Arab world, one that we have never seen before

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  • The settler at kibbutz Karmya

    The settler at kibbutz Karmya

    12-mei-2008 0:00:00

    Division and friendship on disputed territory. The reconstruction of two family histories, their ideals and disappointments, which together tell the story of the sixty-year-old state of Israel.

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  • Kasparov's other Russia

    Kasparov's other Russia

    3-mrt-2008 0:00:00

    Multiple world champion chess, Garry Kasparov, exchanges the chess game for the political game. This film is a unique personal portrait of Kasparov, a man with ambitions, dreams and ideals.

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  • Democracy's Dilemma

    Democracy's Dilemma

    8-okt-2007 0:00:00

    With this documentary, Backlight holds up a mirror to its viewers. Are EU citizens willing to accept the combination of Islam and democracy? Or are Muslims by definition seen as wolves in sheep’s clothing? In collaboration with Fareed Zakaria, Backlight analyzes the current situation in Turkey.

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  • waste=food


    25-jun-2007 0:00:00

    An inspiring documentary on the Cradle to Cradle design concept of the chemist Michael Braungart and the architect William McDonough.

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  • The last market

    The last market

    11-jun-2007 0:00:00

    Most of the world's companies market their goods to the richest part of the world's population. An increasing number of companies are realizing that by doing so they have neglected more than five billion consumers at the bottom of the income pyramid.

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  • Purple Hearts

    Purple Hearts

    11-dec-2006 0:00:00

    This documentary portrays six American veterans who were seriously wounded in the war in Iraq.

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  • The Well-Oiled Revolution of Hugo Chavez

    The Well-Oiled Revolution of Hugo Chavez

    27-nov-2006 0:00:00

    Chávez' goal is to remain in power until 2021 and to spread the Bolivarian revolution across his country, his continent and the globe. The Well-Oiled Revolution of Hugo Chávez shows what Chávez has planned for his country and the wider world, and how his revolution is tearing Venezuela in two.

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  • Energy War

    Energy War

    6-nov-2006 0:00:00

    Forget the axis of evil, its the axis of oil. The Cold War and the War on Terror were about ideology and globalization. The 21st century will be dominated by the struggle for energy: It will be every man for himself and it's going to get dirty.

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  • Google: behind the screen

    Google: behind the screen

    7-mei-2006 0:00:00

    What if all the world's information would be available and easy to find? What if all the news, all books, all texts, photographs and videos would be collected in one place, and made available, always and everywhere?

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  • The Day of the Dollar

    The Day of the Dollar

    20-nov-2005 0:00:00

    Do we live on a bubble? Is it possible for the heavily indebted American economy to collapse and take all of us down in a free fall with it? Have the days of the dollar been counted? Is it really unimaginable that we will see the time of the Great Depression repeating itself?

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  • Saudi Solutions

    Saudi Solutions

    6-nov-2005 0:00:00

    How to combine modernity and fundamentalist Islam. "Saudi Solutions" is a unique and revealing documentary about the lifestyles and attitudes of ambitious career women in conservative Saudi Arabia -- the only country in the Arab world where women are obliged to cover themselves inabayas and aren't allowed to drive cars.

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