The actors want to promote democracy and
human rights through their plays
It is showtime in Nepal's Kathmandu valley. Villagers gather round as a group of actors play out tales of their country's recent past. It is a story of insurgency and war, of a people's movement calling for change - and of the beginnings of democracy.

Sarwanam Theater Group's nationwide tour is aimed at raising awareness of the momentous changes sweeping the country. After a decade-long Maoist insurgency ending in a fragile ceasefire last year, the country is heading towards its first elections, filling voters with hope and fear. As the notorious Maoist leader Prachanda calls for an end to the monarchy, beleagured prime minister, Girija Prasad Koirala, struggles to keep his eight-party coalition together.

People & Power follow the Sarwanam group as it imparts lessons of peace and democracy to rural Nepal. 

Power and Patronage

Hun Sen was appointed foreign minister after
the Khmer Rouge were overthrown

With a term in office for over two decades, Hun Sen is one of the longest serving prime ministers anywhere in the world.

We look at his rise to power - from former Khmer Rouge soldier to politician - and what it has meant for Cambodia and its people.

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This episode of People & Power aired from Sunday November 11, 2007.

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