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The internet is a treasure trove of fantastic and fascinating content, but some videos just stand out above the rest. Discover the best videos, short films and documentaries on the internet. We scour Youtube, Vimeo and the rest of the web every day to find the most inspiring stories and videos for you.

Dubai's Plan to Outlive Oil

Dubai's Plan to Outlive Oil

Cities Videos

Dubai does have oil, but today it only accounts for less than one percent of its GDP. What looks like a pure extravagance is actually pure marketing genius, attracting 14 million international visitors a year, who spend more than any other city in the world, 65% more, even, than New York or London.

My Life In North Korea vs South Korea

My Life In North Korea vs South Korea

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North Korea was definitely the weirdest country I had ever visited and throughout that trip, I kept wondering what life was like in neighboring South Korea because it used to be the same country just over 60 years ago. To answer my questions, this year I traveled to South Korea and made this video.

How Global Trade Runs On U.S. Dollars

How Global Trade Runs On U.S. Dollars

Business Videos

Nearly 90% of international transactions in 2019 were in U.S. dollars, giving the U.S. extraordinary power over nearly every entity that imports or exports anything anywhere. Here’s how the global economy runs on the U.S. dollar — and why some countries are trying to chip away at its dominance.

Why Every Japanese Criminal Is Guilty

Why Every Japanese Criminal Is Guilty

Crime Videos

Every system of justice is inevitably found to be unjust. The question is in which direction, and how far. This is a fairly basic outline of Japan’s idiosyncratic nature.

Silicon Valley's Online Slave Market

Silicon Valley's Online Slave Market

Crime Videos

At the center of this powerful investigative film is Fatou, a 16 year old in Kuwait City who has been there for nine months. We follow her rescue and journey back home to Guinea, West Africa and ask: what’s being done to control the apps promoted on Google, Apple and Facebook-owned Instagram?

How Rwanda Is Becoming The Singapore Of Africa

How Rwanda Is Becoming The Singapore Of Africa

Economics Videos World

Rwanda is now the 15th fastest growing economy in the world as its government has set out a clearly defined mission—they want to become the Singapore of Africa. To understand what this means, though, you have to understand what Singapore is.

Unearthed Photos Reveal What Happened To Those Who Dared To Flee Through The Berlin Wall

Unearthed Photos Reveal What Happened To Those Who Dared To Flee Through The Berlin Wall

History Videos

The US filmmaker Scott Calonico obtained a cache of photographs from security service records of the former German Democratic Republic (GDR). One sequence in these never-before-seen images shows the arrest of a West German couple and the East German family they were trying to smuggle out in the boot of their car on 3 September 1988.

Why Are Millions Of Chinese Kids Parenting Themselves?

Why Are Millions Of Chinese Kids Parenting Themselves?

Videos World

Generations of Wang Ying’s family farmed the misty mountains of Liangshan, one of China’s poorest regions. But now, the 14-year-old girl lives on her own as the sole caretaker of her two younger siblings. They are among an estimated 9 million “left-behind children” raising themselves in the Chinese countryside.

Virginia Mori

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How Barcelona Is Taking City Streets Back From Cars

How Barcelona Is Taking City Streets Back From Cars

Cities Videos

The city of Barcelona is testing out an urban design trick that can give cities back to pedestrians. It involves taking nine square city blocks and closing off the inside to through traffic. Buses, big freight trucks — or any vehicles that are trying to get from one part of town to the next — have to drive around the perimeter.

"Framed", An Award-Winning Noir Tale In Stop-Motion

"Framed", An Award-Winning Noir Tale In Stop-Motion

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Who on Earth is handed a worse fate than toys and figurines? They are made to be controlled, with zero chance of gaining basic rights. Without a chance to speak unless a string is pulled or a button pushed, who will carry their voice for them? “Framed” tells the story of a clay pawn in a human’s game.

Small Cities, Big Challenges

Small Cities, Big Challenges

Architecture Cities Videos

From building in a crowded capital threatened by rising sea levels to creating modern housing alongside historic landmarks, this is how small cities around the world are overcoming some remarkable challenges.

The Very Dramatic $3,000,000 Qantas Airlines Heist

The Very Dramatic $3,000,000 Qantas Airlines Heist

Crime History Videos

Just after midday on May 26th 1971, Australian authorities received a call from a mysterious Mr. Brown claiming that a Qantas flight from Sydney to Hong Kong was carrying a bomb. He then claimed that he would disclose the location of the onboard bomb in return for a hefty sum.

The Economy Of Cuba

The Economy Of Cuba

Economics Videos

Cuba is home to possibly the most bizarre economy in the world. Its wild swings between a hardcore capitalist society to a worker’s paradise and now an odd combination of both has meant that the country has probably not been able to live up to its full potential.

The Story Of Freedom Ship

The Story Of Freedom Ship

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Back in the 1990’s a man started a project from a dream he had to build not only the largest ship ever conceived, but to combine a family cruise line, airport and residential community all in one. His dream carried on through decades after and now seemingly stalled, a new CEO is taken the helm.

Things Are Changing At The World's Oldest Hotel

Things Are Changing At The World's Oldest Hotel

Videos World

Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan is not just the world’s oldest hotel, but the world’s oldest still-operating business. Or at least, that’s one way of looking at it. But things are changing here, just like they always have.

Inside China's Ghost Cities

Inside China's Ghost Cities

Architecture Cities Videos

Australia’s 60 Minutes TV program visited China’s eerie ghost towns. An entire city – all the buildings, the roads, schools, hospitals, you name it – except the people. There is not a soul to be seen.

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Zoom Company Story: How Eric Yuan Defeated Skype

Zoom Company Story: How Eric Yuan Defeated Skype

Apps Business Tech Videos

Chances are you’ve used some sort of video call with family, friends or even to school and most likely it’s been Zoom, the videoconference software has taken the world by storm. But in the presence of giants like Microsoft, Skype, Teams and Google Hangouts, why is everybody using Zoom?

"Nursery Rhymes", Award-Winning Single-Take Short Film

"Nursery Rhymes", Award-Winning Single-Take Short Film

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Why is a Metalhead singing Old MacDonald on the side of a rural highway? A surreal scene turns into an engaging mystery in this celebrated single-take short. Created by celebrated Australian commercial director Tom Noakes, in partnership with Will Goodfellow and Lucy Gaffy of Studio Goon.

What Facial Recognition Steals From Us

What Facial Recognition Steals From Us

Science Tech Videos

In just the past five years, the meaning of the human face has quietly but seismically shifted. That’s because researchers at Facebook, Google, and other institutions have nearly perfected techniques for automated facial recognition.

The Last Ship To St. Helena, A Remote Island In The Atlantic

The Last Ship To St. Helena, A Remote Island In The Atlantic

Videos World

Every third week, a British Royal Mail ship begins its journey from Cape Town to Saint Helena, the remote island in the Atlantic where Napoleon was once in exile. Five days, with a northwesterly course, and only then do the sheer black cliffs appear in front of RMS St. Helena.

Building Africa's City In The Sea

Building Africa's City In The Sea

Architecture Cities Videos

Nigeria is reclaiming 10 square kilometres of land from the ocean to create “Eko Atlantic” – a vast new city that is set to become the financial heart of Africa. 10 new city districts will then be constructed on this reclaimed land, providing commercial, residential and recreational amenities and homes to more than 250,000 residents.

Is Big Tech Good For Your Health?

Is Big Tech Good For Your Health?

Health Tech Videos

Health care is in the midst of a digital revolution and it is generating an ocean of data. Tech giants including Google and Microsoft want to work with hospitals and health-care systems to improve lives. But should people trust them with their medical data?

How One NASA Image Tells Dozens Of Stories

How One NASA Image Tells Dozens Of Stories

Nature Science Videos World

In 2016, NASA used the Suomi NPP weather satellite to create a high resolution image of the earth at night. It can help us better understand the current developments and conflicts underway. The amount of light pollution is most severe in heavily populated areas, as well as in regions of high prosperity.

Lifetime Free 1st Class Air Travel Pass: A Disaster

Lifetime Free 1st Class Air Travel Pass: A Disaster

Business Explainers Videos

In 1982, American Airlines had an idea to offer a lifetime free first-class air travel pass to its wealthiest customers. The person holding this pass could fly on American Airlines at any time it wanted, to any destination it wanted, for as many times it wanted, for the rest of its life after paying a one-time fixed membership fee.

The Story Of A German Conman

The Story Of A German Conman

Crime Videos

It was one of the biggest white-collar scams in German history. In the 1990s, Manfred Schmider and his company FlowTex took investors for more than two billion euros. Today, the conman himself can’t believe how easy it was to get away with a major fraud.

Joseph Ford

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Joseph Ford
Portrait Of A Place: Steel Town

Portrait Of A Place: Steel Town

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Capable of producing nearly five million tonnes of steel each year, the steelworks in Port Talbot, South Wales is the UK’s largest—and it’s currently losing £1 million each day. Here, London-based director Robin Mason talks about his portrait of the town at a vital moment in its history.

CBS News Coverage Of The Apollo 11 Moon Launch

CBS News Coverage Of The Apollo 11 Moon Launch

History Media Videos

The Saturn V rocket carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 9:32 a.m. on July 16, 1969 — and just four days later, man first set foot on the moon. The moon mission was a milestone in human history. But it was also a groundbreaking moment in broadcast television.

What If Russia Invaded The Baltics?

What If Russia Invaded The Baltics?

Politics Videos

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Baltic region has strengthened economic integration with the West and all three nations have become increasingly prosperous as a result. However, the Baltic success story also highlights NATO’s vulnerabilities in the region.

When Chinese Industrial Espionage Goes Wrong

When Chinese Industrial Espionage Goes Wrong

Business Crime Videos

Shannon You’s story is about so much more than just Coca-Cola’s other secret recipe. Her get-rich-quick scheme cast new light on how industrial espionage has become a big part of China’s economic growth, and provided fuel to those who accuse the country’s Thousand Talents Program of incentivizing technology theft on an unprecedented scale.

The 'Lost Rambos' Of Papua New Guinea: How Weapons And Hollywood Changed Tribal Disputes

The 'Lost Rambos' Of Papua New Guinea: How Weapons And Hollywood Changed Tribal Disputes

Crime Videos World

Tribal fighting has long been present in the Papua New Guinea highlands, but the influx of modern automatic weaponry in the 1990s turned local disputes into lethal exchanges. Bootleg copies of the American film Rambo circulated in remote communities, becoming a crude tutorial on the use of such weaponry.

"BEING BRITISH", A Film By The People Of Great Britain

"BEING BRITISH", A Film By The People Of Great Britain

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BEING BRITISH is a short-form documentary created independently by the filmmakers of Great Britain, to answer the question, ‘What does it mean to be British?’ Made by Simon Mulvaney and Emily Brinnand.

How You End Up In And Survive A Cult

How You End Up In And Survive A Cult

Life Videos

How do well-meaning, intelligent people end up in a cult? EnlightenNext was an organization, founded by self-styled guru Andrew Cohen, that aimed to facilitate spiritual awakening. Cohen’s most devoted students meditated for hours—at times, months—on end, were often celibate, and lived together.

James Niehues: The Man Behind The Map

James Niehues: The Man Behind The Map

Art Design Videos

If you are a skier or snowboarder, there is a good chance James Niehues has been your mountain guide. Throughout his 30 year career he has worked at the smallest hills and the most expansive resorts in North America. James has extensively researched, photographed and illustrated nearly every ski map used in North America over the last three decades.

How Earth Would Look If All The Ice Melted

How Earth Would Look If All The Ice Melted

Nature Videos World

As National Geographic showed us, sea levels would rise by 216 feet if all the land ice on the planet were to melt. This would dramatically reshape the continents and drown many of the world’s major cities.

When The iPhone Nearly Killed A Nation

When The iPhone Nearly Killed A Nation

History Tech Videos World

Nokia dominated the first decade of the cellphone boom, becoming a beloved brand around the world and pumping billions of dollars into the Finnish economy. Then, along came Steve Jobs and his iPhone in 2007 and ruined everything. Tens of thousands of jobs were lost. Nokia sold its phone business to Microsoft. And Finns took a serious hit to their country pride.

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