The Story of Us With Morgan Freeman

Story of us with Morgan Freeman © National Geographic
The Story of Us With Morgan Freeman

Synopsis

We are all human beings. So why do our societies around the world seem so different? How did human civilization develop? And what will society look like in the future, as globalization and technology upend our ways of life?
At a time when global events seem to be driving cultures apart, this series aims to uncover the fundamental forces that keep our societies together, and to reveal the common humanity that lies inside each one of us.
In this 6x60 series, vast in scope and intimate in style, Morgan Freeman goes on a global journey to meet people from all cultures whose lives are shaped in surprising ways by these fundamental forces...to understand how human culture has taken so many remarkable forms.

Episodes

Season 1
  • The Fight For Peace

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    Morgan travels the world to study the cycles of war and peace. From the ritualized combat of the sacred Tinku festival in Bolivia, to Rwanda's post-genocide reconciliation program, this episode deals with humanity's enormous capacity for violence and the endless pursuit of harmony. Conflict can drive innovation but is war necessary? Physical barriers and a fear of destruction might make us more cautious, but is peace merely the absence of war?

  • Us And Them

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    Can we bridge the divide between "Us and Them?" At a time when the whole world seems to be polarizing into irreconcilable camps, Morgan sets out on a journey in search of the forces at work which push us apart, from intolerance of differences to fear of outsiders, and the possibilities of coming together.

  • The March of Freedom

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    Morgan travels around the world in search of a greater understanding of the concept of Freedom. From solitary confinement and forced labor camps, to social taboos and laws which hinder speech and expression, Freedom seems to be a constant struggle. As individuals and as entire nations, we are confronted with the question: Will we ever all be truly free?

  • The Power of Us

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    How do we make sure our leaders act in our best interest? What happens when the people give up too much power? How do you change a broken system? What do leaders give us that we couldn't get by ourselves? Morgan embarks on a global journey for answers through an examination of the dynamics of power and leadership.

  • The Power of Love

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    Can love change the world? Morgan is on a global quest to understand how this primal force binds us together as a species. From orphanages to battlefields, from arranged marriages to life on the streets, Morgan sees how love can be found in unexpected places, and how this force inspires us all.

  • The Rebel Spirit

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    Morgan's quest to understand what makes a rebellion successful brings him face to face with exiles, whistleblowers, hackers, and movement leaders. From Berlin to Bolivia to the United States, he'll see the courage, dedication, hard work and hope that it takes to try and change the world.