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As I am

14 minutes

A boy who died and came back to life reveals what survival means to him

Chris Dean’s heart stopped when he was two. He died but he came back. When he was five, his father was murdered, his body riddled with more than 20 bullets in a gang shootout. As I Am floats through this remarkable young man’s landscape, revealing the lives that have shaped his outlook. Ultimately, Chris’s trenchant perspective on all that he sees moves from the bleakness of poverty and pain to a powerful vision of survival and a reason for being in this world.

Director: Alan Spearman

Producer: Alan Spearman, Mark Adams, Chris Dean, The Commercial Appeal

Video/Music

What happens when rock stardom doesn’t quite work out?

10 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/History of Ideas

Was there any before, before the Big Bang?

6 minutes

Video/Demography & Migration

On the US-Mexico border, loved ones on both sides can see each other but cannot touch

12 minutes

Idea/Stories & Literature

This ancient mnemonic technique builds a palace of memory

Lynne Kelly

Essay/Stories & Literature

Readers of the world unite

How markets, Marx, and provincial elites created world literature to fight both empire and nationalism

Martin Puchner

Video/Sports & Games

How Gaelic sports became a cultural binding force in Ireland’s most diverse town

15 minutes

Idea/Travel

We have a new word for that feeling when travel makes everything new

Liam Heneghan

Essay/Cultures & Languages

Talking gibberish

The study of languages has long been prone to nonsense. Why is linguistics such a magnet for dilettantes and crackpots?

Gaston Dorren

Video/Sports & Games

Looking like time travellers from a bygone era, sumo wrestlers gather for a competition

3 minutes