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Curated by Shachaf Dekel


The video playlist features outstanding international web creations promoting change and awareness to human stories of struggle, inequality, environment, injustice and more. 

A playlist I curate of short documentaries, animation, vlogging, lectures and experimental shorts. 

It includes all that is human, true and inspiring on the web.

Walk Run Cha-Cha | An Oscar-Nominated Op-Doc
The New York Times

Walk Run Cha-Cha | An Oscar-Nominated Op-Doc

The Oscar-nominated Op-Doc "Walk Run Cha-Cha" profiles Paul and Millie Cao, who reunited in California after the Vietnam War. Forty years later, they are rediscovering themselves on the dance floor. In an accompanying essay, director Laura Nix writes, "Faced with middle age, Paul and Millie chose to reinvent themselves again. After decades of delayed gratification, this time they focused on what gives them joy. As you’ll see in this Op-Doc, dance opened up a world of self-expression and pleasure for the couple, sparking a transition from responsible professionals to flamboyant performers pursuing their creative dreams. On the face of it, a film about middle-aged people dancing might not seem political. But my decision to tell a story about Paul and Millie’s life in the present, and not solely focus on their past, was intentional. Films about refugees and immigrants are often focused on the point of entry, when the newly arrived are at their most vulnerable. But it’s essential for us to hear stories about what happens next. Paul and Millie are refugees from Vietnam. Paul and Millie are also working professionals, parents, dancers and American citizens who have lived in California for over 40 years. As with many Americans who started their lives in another country, their story embodies resilience and courage. Love and longing. Separation and reunion. These themes are visually reflected in the dance itself, in their tender glances, when he lifts her to the sky, the yearning in their gestures — their ability to transform adversity into beauty." More from The New York Times Video: Subscribe: Watch all of our videos here: Facebook: Twitter: ---------- Op-Docs is a forum for short, opinionated documentaries by independent filmmakers. Learn more about Op-Docs and how to submit to the series. Follow The New York Times Opinion section on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@NYTopinion).
In 1939 the Nazis Held a Rally at Madison Square Garden | Topic

In 1939 the Nazis Held a Rally at Madison Square Garden | Topic

Nominated for an Academy Award for Short Documentary. In this chilling short film created from archival footage, watch a piece of history that most of us would like to forget: when 20,000 Americans gathered at Madison Square Garden in 1939 to Sieg heil in front of the Stars and Stripes. "A Night at the Garden." Directed by Marshall Curry, courtesy of Field of Vision. For more about the rally: For more from Field of Vision: Subscribe to Topic: Follow Topic online: Visit the Website: Join our Newsletter: Like Topic on Facebook: Follow Topic on Twitter: Follow Topic on Instagram: —— About Topic: Topic is an ambitious new entertainment & storytelling studio from First Look Media, dedicated to working with creators at the forefront of culture. From Academy Award®-winning films (Spotlight) to television, audio and digital, we explore a wide range of subject matter, both fiction and nonfiction, with an emphasis on stories of consequence. On we focus our efforts on visual and audio stories programmed around monthly themes. Our approach – challenging, compelling and unconventional – reflects our commitment to discovering and amplifying independent new voices, and supporting established ones. In 1939 the Nazis Held a Rally at Madison Square Garden | Topic #Topic #ANightattheGarden


The Bronx Freedom Fund pays the bail for people accused of misdemeanors who cannot afford their freedom. Who are these people? They are often the most vulnerable in our community and those with the least public voice. They are people like Ramel. Having Ramel share his story with us was transformative – to be innocent and have your liberty denied is a national shame. His story galvanized us to make this film because his voice not only deserves to be heard, but needs to be heard. His courage, resolve and compassion is an inspiration and it’s time to shine a light on this grave injustice being visited upon far too many of our fellow citizens. The Bronx Freedom Fund, and now the national Bail Project, is doing their part – Ramel’s story is a stirring reminder that it’s up to all of us to step up and do ours. The Bail Project is an unprecedented national effort to combat mass incarceration by keeping tens of thousands of low-income Americans out of pretrial detention. The organization grows out of The Bronx Freedom Fund and will expand to dozens of high-need jurisdictions with the goal of reducing the unacceptable human suffering caused by unaffordable cash bail and supporting community efforts to end the racial disparities endemic to this system. Join the cause at -- Featuring Ramel Edwards Client: The Bronx Freedom Fund Project Director: Ezra Ritchin Production Company: Variable Director: Kevan Funk Cinematographer: Peter Hadfield Producer: Alex Friedman Executive Producer: Tyler Ginter Production Supervisor: Paige Demarco Production Coordinator: Rocco Campanelli 1st AC: Oliver Lanzenberg DIT: Jeff Levine Gaffer: Brad Burke Key Grip: Seth Dean Sound: Corey Poindexter Production Designer: Curtis Oliveira Art PA: Syd Richardson Art PA: Jack De Sousa PA: Johnny Guevara PA: Julius Moreno Editorial: Cartel Editor: Chris Catanach Post Producer: Greer Bratschie Post Executive Producer: Lauren Bleiweiss Color: Company 3 Colorist: Jaime O’Bradovich Color Producer: Kate Aspell Sound Design/Mix: Matt Drake @ White Hart Post Original Score: Ben Fox Casting: Nina Day Casting Supporting Cast: Young Ramel: Taj Blain Ramel's Aunt: Donna Glaesner Neighborhood Kid #1 Ariana Bantoe Neighborhood Kid #2 Da'jour Jones Neighborhood Kid #3 Jacquel Gilmore --
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