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Sam Cooke’s A Change Is Gonna Come was released on 22 December 1964. Now, 50 years later, it is not only a symbol of the Civil Rights era, it is an enduring song of protest against injustice and inequality in a country that is still wracked with both. This elegantly constructed montage of iconic images of the Civil Rights era weaves Cooke’s very personal lyrics into their historical context, underscoring their poignancy then and now.
Director: Manoel Caraballo
Water, salt and music form a mesmerising visualisation of sound waves
Film and visual culture
A Palme d’Or-winning animation toys with the way our eyes perceive light
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
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
Information and communication
There are many ways to make a flat map of the world – each of them a unique distortion