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With great tenderness and intimacy, this short documentary by the Japanese video artist Mari Shibata brings us into a very unusual tattooing session. Katie, who has had a double mastectomy following breast cancer, receives 3D nipple tattoos from Claire, a career make-up artist who provides free services to former cancer patients. The moment when Katie sees herself transformed shows how a small act of altruism can help to heal a patient’s complex post-cancer relationship with her body.
Director: Mari Shibata
How a self-taught autistic artist mines creativity from life’s endless variations
Nature and landscape
An afternoon with hobbyist diamond miners in Arkansas is a thing of rare beauty
What can a Kurosawa classic tell us about reality, knowledge and truth?
Witness the majesty of moths taking flight at 6,000 frames per second
Jocelyn Bell discovered pulsars. The Nobel Prize went to her supervisor
Animals and humans
A bluesy ballad tells the story of Old Bet, the first circus elephant in the US
In this 1975 lecture, the maglev train’s inventor deconstructs his ingenious design
Meaning and the good life
To know or not to know? Lillian weighs the costs of a life-changing genetic test
Information and communication
There are many ways to make a flat map of the world – each of them a unique distortion