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The fence

10 minutes

How the US-Mexico border fence divides people and damages the land

A massive, foreboding and incomplete structure, the US-Mexico border fence winds across some 2,000 miles between Brownsville, Texas and San Diego, California. In The Fence, produced by the US filmmaker Andrew Hida and directed by the US-based British photographer and filmmaker Charles Ommanney, the lens is trained directly on people who live in the shadow of the wall on the US side. Juxtaposing the stories of families, religious leaders and US patrol agents at the border, Ommanney finds a problem with no simple solution.

Director: Charles Ommanney

Producer: Andrew Hida

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