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16 minutes

A boy with muscular dystrophy finds a friend to help him through adolescence

Andrew Cunningham is a typical 13-year-old. He complains about studying and spends hours playing on Xbox Live with friends. The only difference is that he’s in a powered wheelchair. Born with multicore myopathy, a rare form of muscular dystrophy, Andrew relies on his father Tom for nearly everything. As he approaches eighth grade, Andrew finds a sense of normality and brotherhood in an unlikely friendship with the 21-year-old Tony Reuter, who was born with brittle bone disease and also had a difficult childhood. Together, Andrew and Tony look to the future as they approach milestones in their lives and prepare for their next steps forward.

Director: Andrew Hida

Producer: Andrew Hida

Video/Music

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

10 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/Ethics

If soldiers act with unjust aggression they are as culpable as civilian criminals

6 minutes

Video/Demography & Migration

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

12 minutes

Essay/Wellbeing

The healing power of nature

The idea that immersing yourself in forests and nature has a healing effect is far more than just folk wisdom

Rebecca Lawton

Video/Wellbeing

After Katie’s double mastectomy, Claire can help: with 3D nipple tattoos

9 minutes

Idea/Old Age & Death

How can life-extending treatments be available for all?

Christopher Wareham

Idea/Illness & Disease

Fatal nurture: what a rare disorder says about ‘bad mothers’

Chris Millard

Essay/Neuroscience

When is stress good for you?

The subtle flows and toxic hits of stress get under the skin, making and breaking the body and brain over a lifetime

Bruce McEwen

Video/Illness & Disease

Maria’s skin tears open every day but, though her body is fragile, her will is formidable

18 minutes