The Aquadettes

10 minutes

Sage advice from Leisure World, California’s geriatric synchronised swimmers

Ageing gracefully in a community for retirees in Orange County, The Aquadettes fight the body’s decline with buoyancy aids, sharp-eyed humour, and an occasional hit of marijuana. This colourful documentary looks at what it means to be old, and why we should all rail against the dying of the light.

Director: Drea Cooper, Zackary Canepari

Video/Life Stages

Ageing to the beat of their own drums – from one to 100 years old

3 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/Beauty & Aesthetics

Why do audiences thrill to the negative emotions of horror fiction?

6 minutes

Video/Art

James Turrell’s singular quest to transform a crater into a natural-light observatory

8 minutes

Video/Illness & Disease

How our bodies can create billions of defences against disease with just 20,000 genes

3 minutes

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Idea/Illness & Disease

How a generation of consumptives defined 19th-century Romanticism

Michael Barrett

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Essay/Medical Ethics

Intersex rights

Children born with in-between sex development are subject to surgeries that many believe violate their human rights

Alice Dreger

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