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The shutters come down

6 minutes

Is blocking low-level offenders from employment truly justice?

Following a conviction for a driving infraction, Gail Bland’s life took a sudden turn for the worse. A married woman with two children, she’d been working in the north-east of England when she came face-to-face with the harsh reality of job-hunting with a criminal record. Told through a touching first-person narrative, this short portrait explores how a quite normal life can be shattered through society’s inability to see people as people once they have been through the criminal justice system.

Director: Luke de la Nougerede

Producer: Matt Hopkins

ORIGINAL
Video/Cognition & Intelligence

For millennia, we’d never seen anything like film cuts. How do we process them so easily?

7 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/Astronomy

When we look for aliens, why do we always find ourselves staring back?

5 minutes

Video/Mathematics

Going from A to B isn’t always a straight line – but it can be very good fun

2 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