Aisha’s song

10 minutes

A young, struggling Nigerian woman turns a chance encounter into a new life

Partially blinded by an unknown illness at 3 and sent out to hawk vegetables on the streets of Kano in Nigeria at 9, Aisha Sani Abdullahi grew up with the odds stacked against her. So when a woman at her mosque began offering knitting lessons, Aisha knew she could not let the opportunity slip through her fingers. A story of empowerment and unlikely salvation, Aisha’s Song uses sounds from the young woman’s environment to create a vibrant, organic soundscape that transforms the cacophony of the Kano streets into a captivating melody.

Director: Orlando von Einsiedel

Producer: Orlando von Einsiedel

Video/Gender & Sexuality

How a dairy farmer preached radical self-acceptance to his gay son in the 1950s

4 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/Ethics

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

6 minutes

Video/History of Technology

Breakthroughs, quackery and strange beauty: the afterlife of outmoded medical devices

5 minutes

volume_up
play_arrow
pause
Essay/Human Rights

What do slaveholders think?

It is everywhere illegal yet slavery persists in many corners of the global economy. How do its beneficiaries justify it?

Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick

Idea/Politics & Government

There's a Green Card-holder at the heart of Greek philosophy

David V Johnson

Video/Work

‘Brand consultant’? ‘PR researcher’? Why the ‘bullshit jobs’ era needs to end

4 minutes

Idea/Politics & Government

Why bureaucrats matter in the fight to preserve the rule of law

Melissa Lane

Essay/Subcultures

Going underground

Subterranean metaphors have been a powerful tool of political resistance. Today, is there anywhere left to hide?

Terence Renaud

Video/Nature & Environment

Can combining commerce and conservation keep American bison in the wild?

15 minutes