Miami, FL - WPBT2 will premiere the original documentary, PANAMA CANAL: Prized Possession, on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 8pm, with an encore presentation on Monday, March 30, 2015 at 11pm.
PANAMA CANAL: Prized Possession explores the history of the transfer of the Panama Canal from the United States to Panama, and the long political and moral battles behind it. The documentary highlights the controversial Panama Canal Treaties of 1978, the two-decade long transition period, and the official transfer of the Canal to Panama in 1999.
Archival footage and interviews with President Jimmy Carter, former Canal Commission member Joe Reeder and current Canal Administrator Jorge Quijano tell a rich story that spans decades and forever intertwines two nations.
Located in Central America the Panama Canal is a fifty-mile long engineering marvel linking the Atlantic and Pacific oceans through the Republic of Panama. By navigating this route ships can avoid thousands of miles and weeks of travel from the long ocean voyage around South America. Since its completion by the United States over a hundred years ago vessels of every type have made the crossing in more than a million transits between the seas.
But the issue of who should own the canal turned into one of the most contested foreign policy debates in U.S. history. In the midst of widespread dispute, find out why the United States, one of the most powerful nations on earth, turned over to Panama, one of the smallest countries, the most valuable waterway in the Western Hemisphere and how it happened.
PANAMA CANAL: Prized Possession is part one of a two documentary series being produced by WPBT2 for public television that tells the modern story of the Panama Canal. The second, Post-Panamax (w.t), looks at the expansion of the Canal – a mammoth undertaking that has implications for shipping around the world and for ports and jobs along the eastern seaboard of the United States. Funding for Panama Canal: Prized Possession is provided by: Albert & Jane Nahmad, The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations and Andrew and Tatsiana Ansin.
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