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Forgotten things

5 minutes

What was it like to go to the movies in January 1940?

Movie theatres have historically been places of psychological escape. But even cinemas weren’t safe havens from real-world anxieties during the Second World War – a time when newsreels brought foreboding images of death, destruction and unease to the masses before the full-length feature. Using found footage, Forgotten Things examines the intersection of film with history’s deadliest conflict, highlighting the acute anxiety of a time when nearly everyone on the planet was either at, or seemingly just on the verge of, total war.

Director: Nate DiMeo

Website: The Memory Palace

Video/Music

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

10 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/History of Ideas

Music is marvellous, but not mysterious: an interview with Lydia Goehr

6 minutes

Video/Demography & Migration

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

12 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