Dinosaur curtains

19 minutes

A couple, spirited but low on cash, challenges conceptions of Middle America

Adam, a perpetually upbeat limo driver, and Megan, a stay-at-home-mom, live an unglamorous but happy life in a small town in Middle America. This documentary follows the couple in the hours leading up to the TV première of Megan’s appearance on the gameshow Who Wants to be a Millionaire? As the day unfolds, two very different portraits of the couple emerge: the dreary image painted with broad brushstrokes by local and national media, and the complex, humanising picture that’s captured by the filmmakers, brothers Bill and Turner Ross.

Director: Bill Ross, Turner Ross

Video/Childhood & Adolescence

What to make of a Riot Grrrl? A snapshot of feminism and high school in the 1990s

18 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/Human Rights

Free speech is vital to human flourishing, but it’s in a decade-long slump

5 minutes

Video/Demography & Migration

Amid massive urbanisation and modernisation, rural Japan persists in idiosyncratic corners

30 minutes

Essay/History

Agony in the agora

Democracy, by nature, is a contest between clashing political desires. That is why the public square matters so much

Saul Frampton

Idea/History

Populism now divides, yet once it united the working class

Adrienne Petty

Video/Demography & Migration

Painted frame by frame, a vivid animation restores a history lost to deportation

6 minutes

Essay/Work

The quitting economy

When employees are treated as short-term assets, they reinvent themselves as marketable goods, always ready to quit

Ilana Gershon

Video/Progress & Modernity

Two young Bushmen grapple with the possibility of transitioning to modern lives

29 minutes

Idea/Politics & Government

Moderation may be the most challenging and rewarding virtue

Aurelian Craiutu