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Video: Daybreak Express

D A Pennebaker, who died recently, transformed documentary filmmaking. This is his first film. [running time: 5 minutes]

August 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

Virginia Woolf: Becoming an Artist

Hamlet or a Beethoven quartet is the truth about this vast mass that we call the world. But there is no Shakespeare, there is no Beethoven; certainly and emphatically there is no God; we are the words; we are the music; we are the thing itself.

August 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

Tracy Matsue Loeffelholz: What an American Terrorist Looks Like

Despite racist and anti-immigrant scapegoating, data shows that most American terrorists are resentful White men inspired by White supremacist and misogynist rhetoric.

August 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Little Monster

Harry has been sentenced to prison and while he’s used to that world, his four year old daughter Lauren is not. He uses his first and only phone call to speak to her.

August 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Theo and Celeste

As Theo and Celeste play a game of ‘would you still be my friend if’ to test their new friendship, their hypothetical questions become reality, forcing them to confront their deepest fears and strongest yearnings.

August 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Sarah Jackson: A rock, a human, a tree — all were persons to the Classic Maya

For the Maya of the Classic period, who lived in southern Mexico and Central America between 250 and 900 CE, the category of ‘persons’ was not coincident with human beings, as it is for us.

July 27, 2019 · 1 Comment

Video: La Madre Buena (The Good Mother)

A Mexican mother torn between her politics and pleasing her only son’s request – to have a Donald Trump piñata for his birthday party.

July 27, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Birdie

Directed by Shelly Lauman, “Birdie” is a drama about a woman walking alone in a train station who finds herself part of a sinister game after returning the smallest of gestures to a young man.

July 21, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Travel Deep Inside a Leaf

To really get to know the tallest trees in the world, start with their leaves.

July 19, 2019 · 2 Comments

Video: An Ode to Envy — Parul Sehgal

What is envy? What drives it, and why do we secretly love it? No study has ever been able to capture its “loneliness, longevity, grim thrill” — that is, says Parul Sehgal, except for fiction.

July 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Warsan Shire — Young Poet Laureate for London 2013-14

In her personal London Story, the latest of her commissions as part of her role as Young Poet Laureate for London, Warsan Shire uses the city as the backdrop for an exploration of her feelings of falling in love.

July 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: The HU

The HU is a band from Mongolia that blends heavy metal and traditional Mongolian throat singing. Some of the band’s lyrics include old Mongolian war cries and poetry.

July 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: The Office of Missing Children

Nearly 15,000 unaccompanied minors currently are detained in the U.S.; they’re held in places ranging from tent cities to trailers and shelters, some of which have a history of mistreatment, including forced drugging, sexual assault and physical abuse.

July 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Bone Mother

In this beautiful and terrifying animated film from the National Film Board of Canada, an arrogant young man tries to cheat Baba Yaga of her due. [8 min.]

July 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

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