Cutting loose

30 minutes

Published in association with
Scottish Documentary Institute
an Aeon Partner

An inmate defends his title in Scotland’s prison hairdressing competition

Every year, life in a few of Scotland’s prisons gets particularly tense as its annual prison hairdressing competition gets underway. For most of the entrants, winning first place is the ultimate goal, but for Francis, the current champion, who’s soon to be released, the competition is a glimpse at a life of freedom and responsibility. For some of his fellow entrants, the competition might be the only glimpse they get.

Director: Finlay Pretsell, Adrian McDowall

Producer: Finlay Pretsell, Adrian McDowall, Paul Welsh

Video/Subcultures

Deep faith and rough rides – life at an evangelical rodeo Bible camp

23 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/Knowledge

Teaching philosophy at school isn’t just good pedagogy – it helps to safeguard society

5 minutes

Video/Mathematics

Getting down with squares – the dance styles of geometry

6 minutes

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Essay/History

Resist or collaborate?

The Nazis have occupied France. It’s easy to condemn the collaborators. But be honest: what would you really do?

Robert Gildea

Video/Law & Justice

The farmer turned human rights activist who breaks France’s laws to defend its values

25 minutes

Idea/Fairness & Equality

Marriage should not come with any social benefits or privileges

Vicki Larson

Essay/Politics & Government

Democracy needs politeness

Autocrats shouted, cursed, and bullied, while American revolutionaries used politeness as a tool of radical politics

Steven Bullock

Video/Cities

What happens at the all-night corner shop before sunrise

7 minutes

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Idea/Politics & Government

How Robert Nozick put a purple prose bomb under analytical philosophy

Brad Baranowski