This month officially marks five years since the start of the Syrian conflict. The war has killed 250,000 people and triggered the world’s largest refugee crisis. Half of Syrians are displaced, and around 450,000 of them have been granted asylum in Europe. Among them is a woman named Hanadi, who made her way to the Netherlands in 2014 after fleeing Damascus. In this film by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, we see how her life has changed and how she has acclimated to an entirely new country and language.
Jesus Ramos is a first-generation Mexican immigrant and farm owner who, after coming to America to work as a field hand, grew his business into a 140-acre orange farm. But today, Jesus and his family’s way of life is under threat. California is experiencing an unprecedented drought and the exceptionally dry conditions are particularly alarming for farming communities like Terra Bella, where Jesus lives and works.
In the short film, Life After Water, an interactive documentary by MediaStorm and Verse, the filmmakers utilize stunning, yet worrisome arial drone footage of Jesus’s farm to show the drought’s effect on Terra Bella’s farming community. The film grapples with the inevitable question that will arise if climate change doesn’t stop: what will we do when the water ends?
22-year-old Adam Jaslikowski is a Polish immigrant who performs magic on the streets of New York. He also happens to be blind. Jaslikowski’s talent is profound, and this short film by Sebastian Mlynarski explores Jaslikowski’s journey and the power of street magic to illuminate the everyday.
Women cry at work more than men do: 41 percent of women admit to crying at work, but only 9 percent of men do the same. In this short video, Atlantic staff writer Olga Khazan explores firsthand accounts of workplace weeping and explains the research and reasons behind why women cry more at work.
Why don’t humans have patterned texture like animals? This was the question that the artist and animator Kouhei Nakama wanted to explore with his mesmerizing short film, DIFFUSION. The depictions of humans in this video were made entirely on a computer—no photographs or illustrations were used. Nakama notes that this type of evolution could be possible in the future: “To what extent will we transform ourselves?” he writes on his website. “Then what will be the definition of human beings?”