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1Minute Nature is a series of short vignettes in which children from the Netherlands reflect on how they experience nature. In this episode, nine-year-old Kaspar remembers the time he rescued an injured young bird, and in time, discovered its untamable instincts. Imaginatively pairing still photography with wistful animation, Blackbird brings to life a brief, poignant story of loving, letting go, and moving forward.
Directors: Katinka Baehr, Stef Visjager
Animator: Kris Kobes
Website: Radiomakers Desmet
Far from frivolous, cuteness is a powerful – and still mysterious – force of nature
Dance and theatre
How a Noh mask-maker summons a lifelike face from a single block of wood
On a whirlwind morning, a couple learns if they’re facing an unplanned pregnancy
The ancient world
What wine vessels reveal about politics and luxury in ancient Athens and Persia
David Goldblatt captured the contradictions of apartheid in stark black and white
Philosophy of mind
Do we have good reasons to believe in beliefs? A radical philosophy of mind says no
Love and friendship
When drawing your muse hundreds of times becomes an exercise in love
Thinkers and theories
Is simulation theory a way to shirk responsibility for the world we’ve created?
In Rwanda, Sébastien finds traces of personal history in the wake of national tragedy