EXCLUSIVE

Satellite baby

9 minutes

From the US to China and back again by age six. Why ‘satellite babies’ struggle

Amid skyrocketing living costs in New York City, many Chinese Americans are choosing to have relatives abroad care for their children until they’re old enough to attend school. The financial logic is sound, but what’s the emotional toll on a child raised between two worlds? According to Lois Lee, the director of New York City’s Chinese-American Planning Council, the ‘satellite baby’ phenomenon disrupts vital years of parent-child bonding and development, resulting in a ‘post-traumatic stress experience’ for these children once they return to the United States. A poignant and multifaceted look at a new struggle facing many immigrants to the US, Satellite Baby premiered at the DOC NYC film festival in 2015.

Director: Jenny Schweitzer

Composer: Marcy Hokama

Website: Notable Features

Video/Art

How the ‘Master of Black’ uses non-colour to manipulate light in his artwork

4 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/Astronomy

Finding alien life raises huge ethical questions. Finding we’re alone does, too

6 minutes

Video/Demography & Migration

Painted frame by frame, a vivid animation restores a history lost to deportation

6 minutes

Essay/Work

The quitting economy

When employees are treated as short-term assets, they reinvent themselves as marketable goods, always ready to quit

Ilana Gershon

Video/Progress & Modernity

Two young Bushmen grapple with the possibility of transitioning to modern lives

29 minutes

Idea/Politics & Government

Moderation may be the most challenging and rewarding virtue

Aurelian Craiutu

Video/History

The amazing and awful outcome of releasing 1.5 million balloons into the sky

7 minutes

Essay/History

America’s hidden philosophy

When Cold War philosophy tied rational choice theory to scientific method, it embedded the free-market mindset in US society

John McCumber

Idea/History

Concentration camps reveal the nature of the modern state

Dan Stone