'Ambassador: Inside The Embassy'
New National Geographic Home Video Gains Unprecedented Access Behind
America's Embassy Walls During International Crisis and Calm
Available on November 26, 2002, On VHS And DVD
WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- They have been held as hostages. Their offices have been bombed. Some have been killed in the line of duty. Yet despite the risks, America's ambassadors continue to push on, working diligently to maintain America's international relationships amid threats, terrorism, and tragedies. In a candid and unprecedented look within embassy walls throughout the world, the National Geographic Home Video's (NGHV) "Ambassador: Inside the Embassy" reveals today's responsibilities and challenges facing America's diplomats. The new NGHV title will be available on November 26 at the suggested retail prices of $19.98 for VHS and at $24.98 for DVD. "We have to be there in their country, in their capital, concerned about them, no matter if we are on good terms or bad terms with their government at any particular moment. And the presence of an American flag in many of those places is a very reassuring sight," says Secretary of State Colin L. Powell in the documentary. For many people, the sight of the Stars and Stripes waving from the rooftop of an American embassy is a symbol of hope and freedom. But that same image also presents a potent, highly visible target for enemies of the United States. Amid the danger and drama, "Ambassador: Inside the Embassy" reveals the personal side of a powerful American institution as four ambassadors in challenging circumstances grant National Geographic intimate access to their professional and personal lives. Just returning from her assigned post in Guatemala, Ambassador Prudence Bushnell is used to difficult situations. Her previous post was in Africa, where she survived the 1998 bombings of the United States embassy in Kenya (linked to Osama bin Laden) -- an experience that she shares in this National Geographic Special. "I still feel the effects of that day," she said, "I've come to realize that terrorist acts are a part of modern life and part of being an ambassador is never letting your guard down." This is something that Ambassador Wendy Chamberlin also realized as she arrived at her new post in Islamabad, Pakistan just one month before the September 11th attacks on the United States last year. Chamberlin soon found herself at the pinnacle of her diplomatic career -- ambassador at one of the largest American embassies in the world in a country on the front lines of a massive military operation and on the front pages of the world's newspapers. In this NGHV release, Chamberlin shares exclusive details of the days following the terrorist attacks and her historic meeting with Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf to side with United States in the war on terrorism. In Tokyo, newly appointed Ambassador Howard Baker is the key to maintaining good relations with Japan after the fatal collision of an American submarine and a Japanese fishing ship. One of his first official duties is offering -- in person -- our nation's apology to the families of the victims, captured on film only by National Geographic. National Geographic also joins Baker as he presents his credentials to the emperor of Japan in an ornate traditional ceremony. Meanwhile, first time ambassador-to-be Robert V. Royall learns the ways of Tanzania, his new home, in a specialized two-week crash course. But it's not all pleasantries and protocol. With extreme poverty, terrorist threats, and strained relations to contend with, ambassadors must learn much more than how to entertain foreign heads of state. From the bustling streets of Islamabad to the ceremony-filled culture of Tokyo, ambassadors must work closely with foreign leaders, dignitaries, and politicians to develop and sustain key alliances and create lasting relationships. Ambassadors also maintain an excellent vantage point from which to observe conditions in their host nation. "They have a better sense of what's going on in that country," says Powell, "than any expert sitting back in Washington." National Geographic Home Video titles are distributed by Warner Home Video (WHV), an AOL/Time Warner Company, operating in 57 countries including the US and Canada. WHV is one of the world's leading suppliers of pre-recorded videocassettes and videodiscs and a market leader in family entertainment. Building on its global reputation for remarkable visuals and compelling stories, National Geographic Television & Film augments its award-winning documentary productions (119 Emmy Awards and more than 800 other industry awards) with feature films, large-format films, and long-form television drama programming. Worldwide, National Geographic's television programming can be seen on the National Geographic Channel, MSNBC, and PBS, home video and DVD, and through international broadcast syndication. The National Geographic Channel is received by more than 140 million households in 23 languages in 141 countries, including the United States. For more information about National Geographic Television & Film, log on to http://www.nationalgeographic.com or AOL keyword: NatGeo. MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X74564368
SOURCE National Geographic Society
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