There’s a small stretch of soil north of the Rio Grande river that’s still part of the United States, but exists below the Mexican border wall. The Atlantic went inside this no-man’s-land to uncover what life is like in a place that feels like not-quite America, but not-quite Mexico.
This short film by Adam Loften and Mary Fowles tells the story of Mohammed Alsaleh, a young Syrian refugee granted asylum in Canada in 2014. After fleeing torture and imprisonment by the Assad regime, he is rebuilding his life. Mohammed counsels newly-arrived Syrian refugee families with the same Vancouver-based NGO that aided him during his own resettlement process.
The hidden world of space junk.
Adrift is a short documentary that explores the hidden world of space junk. The film reveals an issue that is troubling and beautiful, dangerous and fascinating. It begins with the tale of astronaut Piers Sellers, who dropped his spatula in space in 2006, which became the most deadly kitchen instrument soon after, travelling at 27,000 km/h. The film then journeys across the remote deserts of Chile with astronomers of Collowara Observatory, into the skies, where threats to the International Space Station take place, and through to Thailand, where a man watches space debris burn. The film includes a narration by Vanguard, the oldest piece of space junk, voiced by Sally Potter (Dir Orlando).
As featured on BBC Arts Online (bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/3sjd1wnYD47WLzhT9dV02YH/lost-in-space-turning-cosmic-junk-into-art), BBC R4 Today Programme (bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04gv7f1), Evening Standard (standard.co.uk/goingout/arts/space-debris-exhibition-will-show-the-beautiful-and-dangerous-litter-orbiting-the-earth-a3398931.html)
Adrift is part of ‘Project Adrift’: a wider arts project at projectadrift.co.uk
Watch: the documentary, Listen: to the sound of space debris live as it orbits above you, Adopt: a piece of space junk which will communicate with you via Twitter as it orbits Earth.
co-creators Cath Le Couteur and Nick Ryan
Funded by @spacearts
Florence Kennard (Film Editor and Sound Design), Michele Chiappa (Film Editor and Sound Design), Sally Potter (Vanguard), Constanza García Ulibarri (Cinematographer, Chile), Richard Numeroff (Cinematographer, Washington), Heidi Julavits (Vanguard Screenwriter), Daffy London (Vanguard Animation), Jason Peacock (Re-recording Mixer), Tim J Matthews (Film Music), Jorge Castillo-Sepúlveda (Chile Production), Monica Greco (Chile Production), María Isabel Reyes (Chile Production), Marsha Rosengarten (Chile Production), Patrick Fry (Graphic Design), Damn Fine (Titles), Alejandro Torres (Translator), Susumu Asano (Colourist).
Apo Whang-Od is considered the world’s last Mambabatok (hand-tap tattoo artist) from her generation. At the estimated age of 99, she is now passing the tattooing tradition to a new generation in her tribe including her grand-niece Grace.
The tradition of this style of tattoo started as a symbol of pride for warriors and a marking of beauty for females in the Butbut tribe and has now taken a unique turn in their village, Kalinga, situated remotely in the mountains of the Luzon province in The Philippines.
Stay tuned next week for a release of a Behind The Scenes film taking you through the making of the project.
Director/Cinematographer/Editor: Brent Foster
Cinematography: Pawel Dwulit and Preston Kanak
Producer: Tammy Foster
Opening Title/Credit Sequences: Reactiv
Sound Design: Defacto Sound
Fixer: Guill Ramos
Driver: Rodney Ramos
Subtitles: Erica Mills
The Music Bed
Graded with FilmConvert
About the Project:
While I’m Here | The Legacy Project is a series of videos that profile amazing everyday people, while they’re still here.
I decided to start this project after missing out on the chance to tell the story of a man from my hometown who dedicated his life to helping others. That man’s name was Frank Dymock. For years, Frank opened his garage to the public and sharpened skates free of charge. He wouldn’t accept a dime. He was an icon in the place where I grew up, and I always wanted to tell his story while he was still here.
Regretfully, I let time pass, and Frank passed away before I had the chance to tell his story. This project is dedicated to him and to countless others who live selflessly and truly leave a legacy, forever impacting the lives of the people lucky enough to cross their paths.
Learn more about the project and see all four stories at: whileimheretheproject.com