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Voices from Manus Island

15 minutes

Refugees flee to Australia only to be detained in squalid and abusive conditions

Following a 2013 immigration policy overhaul, the Australian government began detaining asylum-seekers at offshore immigration facilities. This animated documentary tells the story of two Iranian refugees who, after fleeing persecution in their native country, ended up as detainees in the Manus Regional Processing Centre in Papua New Guinea, where there have been numerous allegations of abuse and squalid conditions. Eventually, in February 2014, tensions between locals, detainees and guards erupted into violence that left dozens injured and one dead.

Director: Lukas Schrank

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/History of Technology

Why Ancient Pacific mariners were the NASA scientists of their day

2 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