The Season 8 finale features the conclusion of "Time for School 3," about the opportunities for basic education around the world, including in Afghanistan, Benin, Brazil, India, Japan, Kenya and Romania.
An investigation into a failed coup in 2004 Equatorial Guinea, an oil-rich but impoverished nation in sub-Sahara Africa, reveals an international plot aimed at taking control of the nation's oil reserves. The documentary also details the country's growing business relationship with China.
The aftermath of a Category 4 cyclone in Burma in 2008 is seen from the perspective of several children orphaned from the storm, including a 10-year-old who's become a surrogate father to his younger brother and sister, and a 16-year old attempting to live as a monk in a Buddhist monastery. Also: the thoughts of Western journalists who've reported from the country.
"Contestant No. 2" relates the story of Arab-Israeli teenager Duah Fares, a member of the conservative Druze religion, whose decision to enter the Miss Israel pageant thrusts her into a conflict with her elders, who not only disapprove of her actions, but would rather see her dead than "dishonor" the community.
"Heart of Jenin" explores a tragic West Bank slaying of a Palestinian boy by Israeli soldiers who mistook his toy gun for a real firearm and an extraordinary act that followed: His parents donated his organs, which went to six Israeli youths. Here, three years after the incident, the boy's father journeys to meet three of the transplant recipients, including an Orthodox Jewish girl, a Bedouin boy and a Druze girl.
Season 8 opens with "Crossing Heaven's Border," about North Koreans fleeing across the Tumen and Yalu rivers into China. The journey is risky: If caught by Chinese authorities, they're returned to North Korea, where severe punishment is a certainty. One of the subjects works as a tour guide in China and her son needs medical help for cerebral palsy. Two other subjects, a teen girl and young boy, are smuggled across China and Laos to Thailand.