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City of samba

6 minutes

Not just a party: Rio’s Carnaval is a choreographed celebration of life

Rio de Janeiro’s annual Carnaval celebrations could be considered among the cultural wonders of the world. Every year, the festivities make the already vibrant city throb with music and dance. City of Samba is the filmmakers Keith Loutit and Jarbas Agnelli’s brilliantly mesmerising ode to Carnaval. Using a camera technique called tilt-shift, they transforms Rio de Janeiro into a miniature city full of immense spirit. The film seeks out the soul of the parade, revealing patterns within the chaos, turning even the masses of spectators into part of a perfectly choreographed celebration of life.

Director: Keith Loutit, Jarbas Agnelli

Producer: Aguinaldo Rocca

Video/History

An African-American revolutionary and fugitive reflects on decades of exile in Cuba

13 minutes

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Video/History of Technology

Why Ancient Pacific mariners were the NASA scientists of their day

2 minutes

Video/Music

What happens when rock stardom doesn’t quite work out?

10 minutes

Idea/Cultures & Languages

The unexpected benefits of getting lost in translation

Edward Gibson

Essay/Stories & Literature

Readers of the world unite

How markets, Marx, and provincial elites created world literature to fight both empire and nationalism

Martin Puchner

Video/Sports & Games

How Gaelic sports became a cultural binding force in Ireland’s most diverse town

15 minutes

Idea/Stories & Literature

This ancient mnemonic technique builds a palace of memory

Lynne Kelly

Essay/Cultures & Languages

Talking gibberish

The study of languages has long been prone to nonsense. Why is linguistics such a magnet for dilettantes and crackpots?

Gaston Dorren

Video/Sports & Games

Looking like time travellers from a bygone era, sumo wrestlers gather for a competition

3 minutes