A group of girls in Paraguay attend an experimental high school, Centro Educativo Mbaracayú, in the untamed Mbaracayú Reserve that focuses on the environmental sciences. Filmed over five years, the verité documentary shows their transformation from timid teens into brave young women; and details how, post-school, they're implementing what they learned into their lives.
A profile of a Chinese art student who, like many other young people in his country, has embraced the communist ideals of yore. As he enters adulthood, however, his idealism is challenged by the economic and political realities of life in modern China.
A young girl in rural Iran dreams of becoming an astronaut, but her pursuit of the stars may have to be put off for financial reasons. In a last-ditch effort, she writes Iranian-American engineer—and space tourist—Anousheh Ansari for help.
The Season 8 premiere profiles Nigerian democracy activist Hafsat Abiola, whose father was imprisoned by the military after winning the country's presidential election in 1993; and whose mother was murdered in 1996 during a demonstration demanding her husband's release.