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EXCLUSIVE

Chinese dreamer

6 minutes

Each of China’s 260 million migrant workers has a story. This is Wanghao’s.

Currently, China is home to some 260 million migrant workers – all largely hidden from view because they do ‘the dirty, heavy work the public doesn’t see’. Chinese Dreamer follows the 18-year-old Wanghao as he travels from his rural farm to Beijing to help support his struggling family. Wanghao dreams of a better life, but with little education and few skills, he struggles to envision something other than difficult, thankless times ahead.

Director: Sharron Lovell, Tom Wang

Website: ChinaFile

Video/Music

What happens when rock stardom doesn’t quite work out?

10 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/Genetics

Chimeras and lightning: a radical perspective on the evolution of complex life

6 minutes

Video/Demography & Migration

On the US-Mexico border, loved ones on both sides can see each other but cannot touch

12 minutes

Essay/History

Les Anglo-Saxons

Not just American or British, the Anglo-Saxon is a mirror to Frenchness: the country’s alter-ego and most feared enemy

Emile Chabal

Video/Law & Justice

What is Mother’s Day to a child whose mother is in prison?

8 minutes

Idea/Race

How ‘white people’ were invented by a playwright in 1613

Ed Simon

Essay/War & Conflict

Don’t look away

Photography came of age amid the wars and atrocities, as well as the humanitarian aspirations, of the modern world

Jeremy Adelman

Idea/Cities

This striking feature of Manila makes it an emblematic global city

Nancy Kwak

Video/Cities

In the shadows of high-rises, Shanghai’s small neighbourhoods struggle to survive

13 minutes