Surf Nation

In Hainan, China’s southernmost province, hundreds of athletes as young as 9-years-old train as part of the Chinese National Surf team. The young recruits, who have left their families, feel the pressure of failure. Over the course of two years, the film follows two of the country's top surfers, Alex, 17, and Lolo, 22, as they train, compete, and discover what they want their lives to be.


Keep It A Secret

In 1972, every international sporting event in Ireland was cancelled...except for one. Surf pioneers transcended The Troubles' hostilities to host the '72 Eurosurf Championship. The film recounts the inspiring story of the dawn of Irish surfing, revealing how the sport gave young people hope while forever changing their lives, and how their community would leave a lasting impression upon Ireland.

DOC WORLD | THURSDAY, 7/18 @ 9/8c


This July, take advantage of the slowing-down of summer by finding new films to watch on WORLD – including the return of Doc World.

On July 18, Chinese athletes vie for a spot on the Olympic National Team in Surf Nation, and on July 25, travel to Bolivia to follow people with disabilities trekking in wheelchairs across the Andes in a battle for their human rights in La Lucha.

Plus, reflect on democracy this Independence Day with our Your Vote collection and examine the state of mental healthcare in the U.S. during BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month.

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The Olympic Games, Democracy & Disability Pride: July on WORLD

Summer is a season to take a break from our daily lives so that we can slow things down, spend more time with family and friends, and travel around the world. This July, Doc World shares international stories from China, Bolivia and beyond, and Independence Day turns our attention to domestic matters. Plus, reflect on equity during BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month. Find balance this month with WORLD films that celebrate our freedoms and explore change that has yet to be realized.

Well-Being: BIPOC Mental Health

In July, BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month brings forth a necessary consciousness of what is being done and what more can be done for all communities of color who have historically been left out of the mental healthcare system. WORLD Channel showcases stories of mental health with last year’s digital series Decolonizing Mental Health and the new America ReFramed film Any Given Day.

My Home Is Here

How do we define "home"? From stories of rural communities striving to be seen to explorations of what it means to feel at home, explore the economic, environmental and social issues that affect ways of life across the nation. From the heartland of America to Native lands, from the unacknowledged to the underserved, who are the people facing critical challenges and changes while fighting for a place to call home?

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