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Motodrom

9 minutes

Thrill to the motorbike hellriders who make their living on the wall of death

A mesmerising look at a rare form of entertainment, Motodrom by the German director Jörg Wagner takes viewers into the midst of a visceral fairground attraction as fate-tempting, gravity-defying ‘hellriders’ race round and round the the ‘wall of death’ on antique motorbikes. Stylishly shot in stark black and white, Motodrom was a festival favourite in 2006 and 2007, appearing at the Sundance Film Festival and International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, among others.

Director: Jörg Wagner

Producer: Dirk Manthey

Video/Music

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

10 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/Values & Beliefs

Great news: pleasure is the purpose of life. Bad news: moderation is key

6 minutes

Video/Demography & Migration

On the US-Mexico border, loved ones on both sides can see each other but cannot touch

12 minutes

Idea/Stories & Literature

This ancient mnemonic technique builds a palace of memory

Lynne Kelly

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/Travel

We have a new word for that feeling when travel makes everything new

Liam Heneghan

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