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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
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