Birthright

6 minutes

Michael, who uses a wheelchair on the ground, finds freedom in surfing

Michael is disabled and uses a wheelchair to go about his daily life in California. But it’s on the ocean atop his custom surfboard that he feels most free and lucid – a sensation he describes as his ‘birthright’. Sean Mullens’s modest yet moving film chronicles his friend Michael as he goes about his everyday surfing ritual, and explores the essential human desire to transcend limitations.

Director: Sean Mullens

Video/Social Psychology

Never judge a book by its cover. But what about people and their faces?

12 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/Ethics

If soldiers act with unjust aggression they are as culpable as civilian criminals

6 minutes

Video/History

War, conflict, bloodshed, upheaval or: how we got to Great Britain

7 minutes

Essay/Gender

Who is a sportswoman?

Elite female athletes are subjected to invasive gender tests, and hormone treatments if they fail. This is deeply unfair

Silvia Camporesi

Idea/Illness & Disease

The very microbes that helped us evolve now make us sick

Asu Erden

Video/Illness & Disease

The restless rhythms of being a teenager with an incurable illness

12 minutes

Idea/Illness & Disease

Billionaires say they’ll end disease: evolution says otherwise

Jim Kozubek

Essay/Medicine

Nobody is normal

Are you average? Typical? Ideal? Adequate? The idea of ‘normal’ is a historical construct and it's time we got rid of it

Jonathan Sholl

EXCLUSIVE
Video/Addiction

Can writing an 11,000-page autobiographical thesis cure addiction?

16 minutes