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Best of luck with the wall

7 minutes

What would 2,000 miles of a US-Mexico border fence actually look like?

The US-Mexico border fence, a major topic in the 2016 US presidential race, is a sprawling structure winding across some 2,000 miles between San Diego in California and Brownsville in Texas. It is also roughly two-thirds incomplete. Best of Luck with the Wall, an imaginative, dizzying short documentary that uses 200,000 satellite images downloaded from Google Maps, makes clear the sheer magnitude of the US-Mexico border, and the mindbogglingly massive challenges any full border fence would face in separating the two countries. The documentary is a collaboration between The Intercept, Field of Vision and the US internet artist Josh Begley.

Director: Josh Begley

Producer: Sierra Pettengill

Video/Music

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

10 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/Meaning & the Good Life

How the Stoic embrace of death can help us get a grip on life

5 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