Get curated editors’ picks, peeks behind the scenes, film recommendations and more.
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
Jocelyn Bell discovered pulsars. The Nobel Prize went to her supervisor
Animals and humans
A bluesy ballad tells the story of Old Bet, the first circus elephant in the US
In this 1975 lecture, the maglev train’s inventor deconstructs his ingenious design
Information and communication
There are many ways to make a flat map of the world – each of them a unique distortion
What is it like to clean the world for tomorrow while the rest of a city sleeps?
The nearly forgotten origin myth of Hawaii’s third-gender healers, as told by one
A whirlwind tour of Hong Kong’s high-rises is an awesome meditation on urbanity
Sports and games
After a day’s toil in California’s fields, labourers let loose in street races
History of technology
Remarkable historical footage is locked behind paywalls. It’s time to set it free