08/24/1987 at 01:00 AM EDT
PBS (Tues., Aug. 25, 9 p.m. ET)
An American raised in China, Carma Hinton, visits a tiny town to make a sometimes clumsy but amazingly intimate documentary. In the first of three shows, she looks at women in a land where "to give birth to a boy is considered big happiness, to give birth to a girl is a small happiness." Hinton talks to one woman about her arranged and unhappy marriage; if she hadn't wed, her father would have sold her into prostitution. Later, Hinton returns to find the woman enraged because her husband and sons have scolded her for being too open. No travelogue tells you as much about a culture as this one woman can.