“You can’t help but ask yourself, ‘Why me?'” the Reverend Sharon Francis says at the start of this short film. At a time when the presence of women in leadership roles within the Church of England remains controversial, Francis’s testimony is quietly revolutionary. In this documentary by Jessica Bishopp, we get a snapshot of her internal struggle before making the decision to enter religious life.
More of Bishopp’s work can be found on her website, and you can follow her on Twitter.
The Mexico-U.S. border is 1,969 miles long, and it’s the most frequently-crossed international border in the world. “Coyote” is the word for someone who, for a high fee, specializes in cross-border people smuggling. In this creative short film by Javier Barboza, we hear from one coyote—his true testimony is narrated by a professional actor—who smuggled hundreds of undocumented immigrants from various regions of Latin America into California. “Honestly, it was kind of like having them hostage for that moment,” he says. “Because they ain’t getting to their family unless they give me the money.”
For a glimpse into the different methods that Barboza employed while making this short (and there are many), you can watch this behind-the-scenes video.
At this year’s Aspen Ideas Festival, we asked a group of professors, activists, and authors to weigh in on the current discussion around policing methods. “Police must stop thinking about crime reduction as self-justifying,” says Yale professor Tracey Meares. However, former NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly believes the severity of the situation is slightly overblown: “The police have a much better relationship with communities of color than you would see portrayed in the media,” he said. “When there’s a bad situation, it gets all the attention.” Other panelists include Clifton Kinnie, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Bruce Western.
The Big Question is a series inspired by The Atlantic‘s back-page feature.
If you go to the emergency room after acute alcohol intoxication (hungover), you’ll be given IV hydration. In mild cases, a nurse can now bring that hydration to your office. In this episode of If Our Bodies Could Talk, senior editor James Hamblin investigates the lengths to which some people will go to undo their excesses.
The filmmaker and graphic designer FKY traveled to Costa Rica with his family and created this beautiful short film, which captures the essence of the “pura vida,” or, the pure life. The scenes are from Dominical, Nosara, Tamarindo, and Arenal. There are no words in the film, just the sights and sounds of a truly stunning country. You can find more of FKY’s work, travel and other, on his Vimeo, Facebook, and Instagram.