For a long time, Central America has been on the ascendance, but opposing forces have hindered positive developments. There have emerged two Americas, and in between these two visions, journalist Stef Biemans listens to what Central America has to tell.
The Watch Or The Time
´You have the watches, we have the time´, a Taliban commander infamously warned an American in 2002 Afghanistan. It was ominously accurate. Months earlier, America had swiftly ousted a flailing Taliban government, pledging to rebuild the embattled country. Fifty nations joined the ‘Operation Enduring Freedom´ war machine...
In Canada, a number of public figures have made the front pages for one reason: each has been alleged to be a ´Pretend Indian´. In other words, someone who claims distant indigenous identity but upon deeper scrutiny has been accused of stealing jobs and opportunities from real natives.
But why would someone fake an indigenous identity?
That question is the premise of The Pretendians, as...
Unpaved: Respite from the World
In the mist-shrouded mountains of Oregon, a tiny community lives quietly, seeking comfort in nature and one another while struggling with life’s challenges. This hauntingly beautiful farmland, hidden and isolated, is home to horses and dogs, ex-cons and ex-addicts, drummers, dreamers and Bigfoot hunters.
Steve is a kind-hearted landlord who allows his renters to be late with the rent – or not pay rent at all....
In March 2002, a state TV station in China was hijacked by members of outlawed spiritual group Falun Gong. Their goal was to counter the government narrative about their practice. Eternal Spring brings to life with stunning animation, the heist, and its repercussions.
Gun Shot Wound takes a hard look at routine gun violence in America through the eyes of its trauma surgeons. The film examines the crisis through a public health lens and highlights hospital-based violence intervention programs designed to combat the epidemic.
Cyanide and dynamite is used to hunt tropical fish, captured as ´pets´ and then their fins cut, swim bladders pierced, and shipped globally. 90% die within a year of capture, creating a demand for replacement. Aquariums: The Dark Hobby investigates this brutal industry.
Changi Prison is a concrete purgatory, spartan to the extreme. No beds, no pillows and no chairs in the cells. Humiliating strip searches are routine, as a matter of security. Yet, practiced in this prison are some of the most sophisticated methods to reform the hearts and minds of the most recalcitrant prisoners.
The world has seen the iconic images of protestors covered in black, tossing back tear gas, taking on the authoritarian superpower that is China. Who are these hidden people ? When a city rises up against a superpower, everyone must decide how far they will go for freedom.
In Brazil, as many other countries, the pandemic rapidly becomes politicised as chaos engulfs the official response while journalists are scapegoated for telling the truth, misinformation fills the airwaves and medics become overwhelmed by a preventable, escalating death toll.
The art world and beyond is obsessed with shooting analog. From elite fashion houses to amateurs perusing eBay, is it a trend perpetuated by our desire for authenticity in an increasingly superficial world? Or is it something else entirely?
Can AI enable us to live forever? Filmmaker Ann Shin sets out on a journey, exploring the latest AI and biotech with scientists and visionaries who foresee a ‘post-biological’ world where humans and AI merge. Will AI be the best, or the last thing we ever do?