Think cyborgs are mere science fiction? Think again. They're real and could be experimenting on themselves in a city near you. Watch journalist Ben Popper electrocute his own brain as he hangs out with people who call themselves biohackers. In case you're wondering, biohacking is really just a euphemism for voluntarily turning yourself into a cyborg. You don't want to miss this one.
Don't let the 28-minute run time fool you, this short documentary does a lot in less than half an hour.
"Baseball in the Time of Cholera" shifts effortlessly between 3 distinct storylines. The result is a unified, yet multi-layered narrative which manages to portray the reality of the cholera epidemic in Haiti.
The film is anchored by the personal story of Joseph, a poor Haitian kid with a passion for baseball who is living in the midst of the outbreak. Then there's the investigative aspect: the filmmakers try to get to the source of the cholera (which is not endemic in Haiti). Finally, there are the interviews with the lawyer bringing a case against the UN on behalf of the cholera victims.
Rather than competing, these distinct perspectives on the crisis harmonize with great effect.
"Baseball in the TIme of Cholera" isn't hard journalism. But just as the introduction to the doc points out, there are sometimes better ways to tell statistics and explain controversy, to make them real. That's why we love to get behind the news to meet the people in its shadow -- which is exactly what "Baseball" does so well.
Congratulations to Alex Moreno for being chosen as the Storyhunter of the Month (SOM) for July 2012! Alex brought us behind the news of the #YoSoy132 movement in Mexico and uncovered the stories of its student leaders in his “The Voices Behind the #YoSoy132 Movement in Mexico” video report. He followed the young activists into the thick of protests and deftly captured the charisma and passion of his main subject Antonio Atollini.
Jaron Gilinsky interviewed our new Storyhunter of the Month over Skype. Check out their conversation below.
There are some who walk down the street and never notice the people, the shops, the light shifting on the pavement or the history around them. Jim Power is not such a man, he saw the lampposts as an empty canvas for relfecting on the communities of New York Cities Lower East Side.
For the past 30 years the Vietnam vet has crafted a name for himself with his public lampost mosaics, present in the neighborhood since the 80s.
PBS MediaShift decided to crosspost our recent video about a Syrian citizen journalist and we're thrilled for the support. Thanks guys!
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Hussein worked for his family's real estate company showing apartments around the city of Quasir before the Syrian uprising became increasingly violent eight months ago. That all ended when frequent bombings and gunfire between President Bashar al-Assad's forces and Syrian rebels turned the country into one of the most dangerous place in the world. Most jobs in Syria, including Hussein's, disappeared.
Blockades and attacks on foreign journalists in Syria has made real-time information about the conflict more and more scarce. Hussein, a pro-revolution activist who asked not to use his last name for fear of retribution, began taking pictures and videos of the violence and sending them to TV stations, free of charge, filling the void for media footage of the conflict and effects on daily life in Syria.
Broadcasters are increasingly relying on untrained citizen journalists like Hussein for insight into what's going on inside countries where goverments restrict access. In this eye-opening short documentry video, Storyhunter Ricardo Garcia Vilanova treks along with Hussein to see what life is like for the former salesman turned journalist.