PBS documentary shows price of peace in Africa

Sunday, July 11, 2004

The peace that has finally come to Angola may extract an unexpected and fearsome price, warns the PBS documentary "AIDS Warriors."

Three decades of civil war isolated Angola and offered some protection from the AIDS pandemic afflicting sub-Sahara Africa. The country's AIDS rate, about 5 percent, is the lowest in southern Africa and compares to 22 percent in neighboring Namibia and Zambia, according to the film.

But a May 2002 cease-fire between rebels and the Angolan government gave the newly calm country a new vulnerability: Regional transportation and travel is increasing and the AIDS virus is part of the migration.

The film, airing as part of PBS' "Wide Angle" series, follows Angola's army, the nation's only functioning government arm, as it mobilizes to fight the health crisis. The hourlong film, from Andrew Young and Susan Todd, airs 9 p.m. Thursday.

Other shows to watch out for:

Lose a junker, gain a dream car. TLC's "Overhaulin"' is back for a second season, with co-hosts Chris Jacobs and Courtney J. Hansen swiping cars for a makeover by auto designer Chip Foose and his team. Vehicles ranging from vintage to just worn-out are confiscated under a variety of pretexts -- fake impounds, photo shoots and the like -- and gutted, renovated, painted and then returned to the formerly annoyed, now presumably overjoyed owner. Fifteen new episodes begin 8 p.m. Tuesday.

A Jewish athlete who trained for the 1936 Olympics in Berlin and was used by Nazi Germany as a false symbol of equality is profiled in "Hitler's Pawn," an HBO Sports documentary debuting 9 p.m. Wednesday on HBO. Margaret Lambert, who was born Gretel Bergmann in Germany in 1914, excelled in the high jump and expected to be part of the Summer Games in her homeland. But Germany discarded her and her athletic dreams after she served her purpose: helping Hitler retain the Games.

MTV has "Punk'd" and now Discovery Kids on NBC has "Skunked," with animals instead of Ashton Kutcher pulling a fast one on unsuspecting humans. The program, described as an "animal prank reality series," turns hidden cameras on people put in oddball situations with the furry, the fishy and more. It airs 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

Is your life lacking a little magic? Travel Channel's "Ends of the Earth" series comes to the rescue with globe-trotting magician Franz Harary and his big-ticket illusions. In Hawaii, he moves Diamond Head. In India, he makes the Taj Mahal vanish. The hourlong special debuts 9 p.m. Saturday.

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