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Mazel, or luck, can change fortunes in an instant: it is evasive, unreliable, and yet also indispensable. While some deride it as superstition, others consider it a science. In Christopher Thomas Allen’s film Schlimazeltov!, the existence of mazel remains a subject of constant debate for Jewish people in London, among them the comedian and Steve Coogan collaborator David Schneider, the economist Ronny Razin, and Rabbi Harvey Belovski.
Director: Christopher Thomas Allen
Producer: Andrew Hinton
Philosophy of mind
Forget babbling and toddling – mindreading is babies’ most incredible skill
Water, salt and music form a mesmerising visualisation of sound waves
Sex and sexuality
What does the Dutch model of comprehensive, ‘shame-free’ sex-ed look like?
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
What can a Kurosawa classic tell us about reality, knowledge and truth?
Witness the majesty of moths taking flight at 6,000 frames per second
Animals and humans
A bluesy ballad tells the story of Old Bet, the first circus elephant in the US