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Released 2006
Running time 99 minutes
Director Linda Goldstein Knowlton
Linda Hawkins Costigan
Written by
Original music by Nathan Wang
Studio Participant Productions
MPAA Rating Not Rated

The World According to Sesame Street is a documentary exploring the globalization of Sesame Street and how each regional version of the show is carefully tailored according to the specific issues facing that territory. The film premiered on January 21, 2006 at the Sundance Film Festival.


The film follows three teams as they plan and develop three different Sesame Street coproductions: Sisimpur in Bangladesh, Rruga Sesam — Ulica Sezam in Kosovo, and Takalani Sesame in South Africa. It documents the struggles the creators have to get the shows on the air, as they deal with everything from natural disasters, war, and lack of funding, to political fighting between opposing parties. During the film, Joan Ganz Cooney reflects on how the civil unrest and cultural turmoil during America in the 1960's led her and her colleagues to do something to help poor children get ready for school. Clips from the Sesame Street Pitch Reel and Episode 0001 are shown. A few years after this, the German co-production of Sesamstrasse began, and the film returns to the three new co-productions being profiled in the film, as the latest Sesame shows that are trying to make a difference in the lives of children all over the world.

Video releases

External links

  • Sundance Film Festival page
  • Participant Productions page
  • Independent Lens companion site with additional video

This article uses material from the "The World According to Sesame Street" article on the Muppet wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.


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