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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.

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 Love Story That Shocked The World

The Love Story That Shocked The World

History Videos

When Seretse Khama, an African prince, and Ruth Williams, a white middle-class clerk from Lloyd’s underwriters, got married in 1948, it provoked shock in Britain and Africa. Khama was exiled from Great Britain and later became the first president of Botswana when it became an independent country.

"Dominion", How Animals Are Used And Abused By Humans

"Dominion", How Animals Are Used And Abused By Humans

Food Nature Videos

Dominion exposes the dark underbelly of modern animal agriculture, questioning the morality and validity of humankind’s dominion over the animal kingdom. While mainly focusing on animals used for food, it also explores other ways animals are exploited and abused by humans, including clothing, entertainment and research.

The Remote 'Democratic' Oasis Of Soviet Russia

The Remote 'Democratic' Oasis Of Soviet Russia

History Politics Videos World

The academic town of Akademgorodok in Siberia was created by Russian mathematician Mikhaïl Alekseïevitch Lavrentiev, who wanted to install a safe haven for scientists in the middle of Siberia. Such isolation from Moscow created a fertile scientific and cultural nest away from the influence of the State and its politics.

The Oldest Tattooing Family In The World

The Oldest Tattooing Family In The World

Art History Videos

Wasim Razzouk is a tattoo artist in Jerusalem’s Old City. Ink runs deep in his family. The Razzouks have been tattooing visitors to the Holy Land for 500 years (and in Egypt for 200 years before that). Christian pilgrims flock to Razzouk Tattoo to get a cross tattoo based on one of the designs on wooden stamps that have been in the Razzouk family for generations.

Living Off The Grid In Paradise

Living Off The Grid In Paradise

Videos World

Warrick Mitchell lives deep in one of the world’s most remote locations: Fiordland, New Zealand. His home in the country’s oldest national park is nestled in a vast wildness accessible only by boat or airplane, a four day’s walk from the nearest road.

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.

The Unhackable Email Service

The Unhackable Email Service

Tech Videos

Ladar Levison built an encrypted email service called Lavabit that counted a prominent figure among its users: Edward Snowden. When the FBI demanded Levison decrypt Snowden’s communications, he had two options, either hand over the encryption key or destroy his servers. He chose the latter.

Bashir Sultani

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What It’s Like To Grow Up In An Israeli Settlement

What It’s Like To Grow Up In An Israeli Settlement

Videos World

A self-described liberal from cosmopolitan Tel Aviv, Iris Zaki wanted to get behind the politics of Israel’s controversial settlements in the occupied territories — so she moved there, temporarily, setting up an improvised cafe where she could chat with settlers from her own generation.

The Day The Music Died: Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens And The Big Bopper

The Day The Music Died: Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens And The Big Bopper

History Videos

When Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson passed away on February 3rd, 1959 after a small plane crash, rock and roll lost some of its most notable early pioneers. Singer-songwriter Don McLean called this moment in music history “The Day the Music Died,” in his song “American Pie.”

Science Fiction Short Film: Others Will Follow

Science Fiction Short Film: Others Will Follow

Videos

The lone survivor of the first mission to Mars uses his last moments to pass the torch of inspiration. Others Will Follow was inspired by a speech written for President Nixon to deliver in the event that the Apollo 11 astronauts were stranded on the moon.

Why Aren't Millennials Buying Homes?

Why Aren't Millennials Buying Homes?

Economics Videos

In the UK, only one in four middle-income millennials are on the housing ladder. Twenty years ago,  65% of this group owned homes. What’s changed? Is it possible to buy a house without help? And with more people privately renting, what are the implications for starting families, retirement and society at large?

The Time When Zambia Tried To Go To Mars

The Time When Zambia Tried To Go To Mars

Science Videos

Edward Makuka Nkoloso of Zambia had dreams to land Zambians on moon and mars beating the US and USSR in the Space race. He did everything he could with his limited resources to make his dream a reality but could he fulfill his dreams?

Ramzan Kadyrov: Brutal Tyrant, Instagram Star

Ramzan Kadyrov: Brutal Tyrant, Instagram Star

Apps Politics Videos

Ramzan Kadyrov is the leader of Chechnya. He is a Putin proxy that has been in charge of the Russian republic since 2007. Despite revelations about kidnapping, torturing and killing gay people, Kadyrov has continued to maintain an upbeat profile on Instagram, where he is a prolific user.

When Antarctica Was Green

When Antarctica Was Green

Nature Videos World

Before the start of the Eocene Epoch about 56 million years ago–Antarctica was still joined to both Australia and South America. And it turns out that a lot of what we recognize about the southern hemisphere can be traced back to that time when Antarctica was green.

Why China's First Military Base Abroad Is In Africa

Why China's First Military Base Abroad Is In Africa

Politics Videos

For many countries, the Republic of Djibouti has become the central anchor point in the region. It hosts military bases from France, the United States, Japan, Italy and, since 2017, China. The fact that so many countries want to be present here has to do with the location, which is important for a lot of reasons.

Nikolay Schegolev

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The Tech Giants Are Coming For Our Homes

The Tech Giants Are Coming For Our Homes

Tech Videos

The likes of Amazon, Google, Samsung, Apple and others are all competing for smart home dominance – but what drove so many of us to invite these multinational corporations into the highly personal spaces where we live?

"Vert", Short Film About Unearthing A Husband's Secret Through VR

"Vert", Short Film About Unearthing A Husband's Secret Through VR

Videos

Emelia and Jeff are an open-minded couple celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary by venturing into the virtual reality world of ‘Vert’ together. Vert presents them with a character that is their ‘ideal self’ and what is supposed to be re-awakening for them as a couple becomes the unearthing of Jeff’s secret.

World’s Busiest Station: Shinjuku Station, Tokyo

World’s Busiest Station: Shinjuku Station, Tokyo

Cities Videos World

Five separate train lines, almost three thousand passengers per minute and trains arriving every second. How can the people behind the scenes of the world’s busiest station overcome a traffic load like this every day? A look behind the scenes of the world’s busiest station: Shinjuku Station in Tokyo.

Skywatch, A Sci-Fi Proof Of Concept Short Film by Colin Levy

Skywatch, A Sci-Fi Proof Of Concept Short Film by Colin Levy

Videos

When two outcast teens hack into a ubiquitous drone delivery system to pull a prank on their neighbor, they accidentally crash-land a dangerous prototype – and find themselves entangled in a life-and-death conspiracy. Six years in the making, funded via Kickstarter, and crafted by volunteering vfx artists across the world.

The Spectacular Rise And Fall Of WeWork

The Spectacular Rise And Fall Of WeWork

Business Videos

In less than one year, WeWork went from having a $47 billion valuation and being the darling of the venture capital world to needing an $8 billion infusion to avoid running out of money. This is the story of Adam Neumann, Softbank’s risky investment, a failed IPO and how we got here.

Repopulating A Japanese town

Repopulating A Japanese town

Cities Videos World

As the Japanese populace shrinks and ages, and young people leave the suburbs and rural areas for cities, more and more communities are becoming ghost towns. The municipality of Okutama, on the outskirts of Tokyo, has come up with a novel solution: Give away houses to young families for free.

Portrait Of A Place: Atlantic City

Portrait Of A Place: Atlantic City

Cities Videos

Unmasking the declining seaside resort through a portrait of its inhabitants. With a no-holds-barred approach, directors Ben Carey and Billy Linker deliver a full-frontal profile of the once-booming resort town on New Jersey’s Atlantic coast—often sidelined as the “poor man’s Las Vegas.”

The French Paper Mill That Sold To Dalí And Picasso

The French Paper Mill That Sold To Dalí And Picasso

Art Videos

For 700 years, the Richard de Bas paper mill has produced some of the world’s finest paper. The French constitution is printed on paper from this mill. And artists like Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso and Marc Chagall were customers. Emmanuel runs the business today. His great grandfather bought the mill in Ambert, France, during World War II, and it has stayed in the family ever since.

Michael Crichton

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It’s Not You. Phones Are Designed To Be Addicting.

It’s Not You. Phones Are Designed To Be Addicting.

Apps Explainers Tech Videos

Today’s phones are hard to put down. Push notifications buzz in your pocket, red bubbles demand attention, and endless distractions sit at your fingertips. It can feel impossible to pull away from. The 3 design elements that make smartphones so hard to put down, explained by Google’s former design ethicist.

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.

The Future Of Airliners?

The Future Of Airliners?

Business Innovation Videos

One that could shake up the duopoly of Boeing and Airbus to force competition and new designs? Take a look at the D8, nicknamed the Double Bubble, developed by Aurura, MIT and with the help of NASA.

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

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

Videos

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.

WeWalk Smart Cane Helps Blind People Navigate

WeWalk Smart Cane Helps Blind People Navigate

Apps Innovation Videos

The WeWalk stick has an ultrasonic sensor that detects obstacles above chest level and uses vibrations to warn the user. It can be paired with a smartphone to help navigation and is integrated with a voice assistant and Google Maps. Connecting the stick to the Internet of Things and smart city solutions makes it user-friendly.

Four Japanese Rules To Live Past 100

Four Japanese Rules To Live Past 100

Life Videos

Okinawa, long known as the island of the immortals, is home to the highest concentration of centenarians in Japan. The village of Kitanakagusuku ranks first in Japanese women’s longevity. What is it about this island that makes its inhabitants live a longer and happier life?

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?

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.

Google And Amazon Are Now In The Oil Business

Google And Amazon Are Now In The Oil Business

Business Tech Videos

Google, Microsoft, and Amazon have been very vocal about their efforts to reduce the world’s dependence on fossil fuels. But as The Wall Street Journal has reported, these same companies are currently teaming up with fossil fuel industry to help them squeeze as much oil and gas out of the ground as possible.

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