Synopsis by Sally Barber
The Arabs is a ten-part series created to provide an understanding of the ongoing conflicts within the Arab world by offering an honest look at the history, culture, and society influencing Arab life past and present. Arabs speak for themselves to portray a vivid picture and present keen insight into the fabric of their people. Part eight, The Arabs: Building a Nation, examines the development of Algeria following its independence from a century of rule by France. Located in northern Africa between Morocco and Tunisia along the Mediterranean Sea, the country is only slightly larger than Texas. The program depicts the challenge of moving the nation forward from a peasant-based economy. It examines the industrialization of Algeria, as well as the struggle to provide citizens quality services as people have migrated in large numbers to its cities. Other programs in the series are The Arabs: The City Victorious?, The Arabs: The Power of the Word, The Arabs: Between Two Worlds, The Arabs: Ways of Faith, The Arabs: The Shadow of the West, The Arabs: New Knowledge for Old, The Arabs: Family Ties, and The Arabs: The Arabs Now.