India’s Daughter is the story of the brutal gang rape and murder in Delhi of Jyoti Singh, a 23-year-old medical student, which sparked protests and serious debate about gender-based violence across India. The documentary by Leslee Udwin uncovers how the case led to huge demonstrations and a trial in which all six perpetrators were convicted. In this short clip from the film, Singh’s parents describe the kind of daughter she was, and the heartbreak they felt after her murder. This is the second of three clips from India’s Daughter, courtesy of Independent Lens (you can watch the first clip here). The film in its entirety is currently streaming on the PBS video player.
Month: November 2015
Telecommuting is the new not telecommuting. But there are intangible advantages to being physically present in an office. Double robot (retail price $2,500) is a new approach to telepresence. The mobile robot, controlled by you, allows you to occupy physical space at work–from anywhere in the world. In this episode of If Our Bodies Could Talk, New-York-based senior editor James Hamblin tries it out with a visit to The Atlantic headquarters in Washington D.C.
In The Painter of Jalouzi, we learn the story of Duval Pierre, one man trying to uplift his community—Haiti’s largest slum—through color. He envisions a Jalouzi where color is everywhere, and starts by painting houses and buses with a rainbow of pink, red, purple, and turquoise. “Imagine a place without color,” Pierre says. “That is a place without joy.”
The Painter of Jalouzi was shot entirely on an iPhone 6S Plus. For more documentary work by filmmakers David Darg and Bryn Mooser, visit their site RYOT Films.
The short film Sophie and Ben is about a mother and her son who has an autism diagnosis. It was filmed by Sophie Sartain, who directed the feature-length Independent Lens documentary, Mimi and Dona, which also explores the trials of parenting and care. Mimi and Dona broadcasts November 23, 2015 at 10:30 pm on PBS, and will be streaming online through December 23, 2015, for more information about the film you can visit the Independent Lens website.
This clever and quirky animated short film, Driving, embodies many of the worst emotions that city traffic can create. The director and animator Nate Theis has crafted a perfect and exaggerated representation of a commute, including the maddening wait for a green light and the variety of drivers’ honk-styles. You can find more of his work on his website, Vimeo, YouTube, and Twitter.