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Video: Kapaemahu

Long ago, four extraordinary beings of dual male and female spirit brought the healing arts from Tahiti to Hawaii and imbued their powers in four giant boulders. The stones still stand on Waikiki Beach, but the true story behind them has been hidden—until now.

April 3, 2022 · 1 Comment

Video: The Legend of Annapurna, Hindu Goddess of Nourishment

Through vivid animation, this short video from TED-Ed brings to life the story of Annapurna, the Hindu goddess of food and nourishment.

March 29, 2022 · 2 Comments

Video: My God, It’s Full of Stars | Tracy K. Smith

This short film adapts a poem by the former US Poet Laureate Tracy K Smith, whose father worked on the Hubble as one of NASA’s first Black engineers, with meticulously crafted visuals from the Brazilian animation director Daniel Brunson to create a wondrous ode to our desire to know the Universe.

March 27, 2022 · 2 Comments

Henri Cartier-Bresson: Behind the Gare Saint-Lazare, 1932

Combining his affinity for the disciplined painting of the great masters with his interest in Surrealism and modern philosophy plus his thirst for adventure and desire to be in the thick of current events, Cartier-Bresson used photography to create visual documents of remarkable spontaneity.

March 26, 2022 · Leave a comment

Joan E. Bauer: La Lupa

Strange to feel so drawn these days to the She-Wolf,
the wild rose of Italian cinema.

March 26, 2022 · 4 Comments

Margo Berdeshevsky: After Fado, At the Elgins

I’m weary of
celibacy he says, eyes on the Elgin Centaurs,
battling warrior-boys forever-father

March 21, 2022 · 1 Comment

Video: Keeping Balance

Denise, a 20 year old girl visits nearly every day the Viennese ‘Prater’ amusement park to take some rides with the electronic ‘Tagada’ carousel because it helps her to get over her past.

March 19, 2022 · Leave a comment

Video: Holy Dog

Brady Jandreau is a young Lakoda Sioux cowboy and bronco rider. After suffering a potentially career ending trauma, he travels deep into the Patagonian highlands, on a quest for spiritual renewal.

March 11, 2022 · Leave a comment

Video: Seawolf

This documentary explores the perspectives of Mike Willie and K̕odi Nelson, two Indigenous men looking to conserve their land, protect their culture and heritage

March 5, 2022 · Leave a comment

Robin Davidson: Mrs. Schmetterling Considers the Beautiful

When she closes her eyes, she sees the room’s ceiling
fill first with billowing shadows, then a pinpoint of
light that blooms into a blue-black shining, then
the brilliant blue of coronal plasma that could
be the widening eye of God.

March 1, 2022 · Leave a comment

Nina Kossman: Three Poems about a Head (Two)

If you cut off your right hand and bury it in the garden,
it will grow into a little daughter with wings instead of arms.

February 27, 2022 · 1 Comment

Video: Souvenir Souvenir

Souvenir Souvenir tracks the efforts of the French filmmaker Bastien Dubois to learn more about his grandfather’s time as a French soldier in the Algerian War of Independence (1954-62). Sixty years later, that conflict is little-discussed by many of those who fought it, leaving members of younger generations, like Dubois, to speculate about their family’s role in the notoriously brutal war.

February 26, 2022 · 1 Comment

Video: Fauve

Set in a surface mine, two boys sink into a seemingly innocent power game with Mother Nature as the sole observer.

February 19, 2022 · 2 Comments

Abby Zimet: So The Whole World Will Listen To Joaquin

On the fourth anniversary of his son’s murder, Manuel climbed a 150-foot crane in the early, gusty morning – “A father’s job never ends” – so “the whole world will listen to Joaquin today.”

February 17, 2022 · 1 Comment

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