Watch our exclusive collection of short films featuring big thinkers from across the world. These think pieces focus on the subjects that matter to us all.
This series of short films delve into the world of self-care. Roxane Gay investigates the dangers of a soulmate. Padma Lakshmi finds comfort in food. The power of optimism is explored by Black Lives Matter founder Alicia Garza. Rap legend Chuck D tells us why we should embrace ageing and author Karl Ove Knausgaard encourages us all to throw away our smartphones.
Takes: Roxane Gay on LoveJust because you’re lucky enough to have found your soul mate, doesn’t mean they don’t drive you mad. Journalist and essayist Roxane Gay talks about her experience of love.
Takes: Alicia Garza on OptimismWhat drives someone to devote their life to activism? For Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, it’s the hope that she can bring change for future generations.
Takes: Padma Lakshmi on RitualWhich recipes will you hand down to the next generation? Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi relishes the fact that the rituals of cooking and eating give us a taste of who we are.
Takes: Padma Lakshmi on the BodyIt’s not easy to get up in a room full of people and talk about your vagina. But that’s what former model and Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi had to do to raise awareness of endometriosis.
Takes: Chuck D on AgingEnjoy getting older. Words of wisdom from the leader of the seminal rap group Public Enemy Chuck D on how to grow old.
Take a journey into the dark side with these BBC short films. Malcolm Gladwell tells us why we are so bad at spotting deception. Author Karl Ove Knausgaard asks if you can continually fail and still be an optimist. Lionel Shriver reflects on death, artist Ai Weiwei wonders if artists can ever change anything, while Louis Theroux considers what makes us hate.
Takes: Malcolm Gladwell on LiesAre you convinced you can tell when someone is lying? Best-selling author and thinker Malcolm Gladwell advises us never to trust our intuitions.
Takes: Karl Ove Knausgaard on PessimismNorwegian novelist and literary sensation Karl Ove Knausgaard considers himself an optimist. And yet he has to reconcile himself to the fact that, in his writing, he fails every day.
Takes: Ai Weiwei on WarCan artists do anything to prevent war? World famous Chinese Ai Weiwei worries about the risky times we live in.
Takes: Louis Theroux on HateWho do you hate? A murderous warlord who kills women and children? A Western leader who sits idly by as the poor get poorer? Iconic documentary maker Louis Theroux explores the fact that, in all probability, you’re more likely to hate some poor guy in the supermarket who gets in your way.
Takes: Jamelle Bouie on ConspiracyIs there a global cabal of paedophiles and Satanists currently trading in children in a mass human trafficking operation? New York Times journalist Jamelle Bouie asks why on earth people believe the ludicrous QAnon conspiracy theory.
Takes: Lionel Shriver on the VirusWould you happily give up your democratic rights and personal freedoms overnight? Best-selling author Lionel Shriver is astonished at the way people have responded to government rules aimed at controlling the pandemic.
Fame and Power
Get ready for your close up as these think pieces tackle fame and power. Chuck D looks at the many pitfalls of fame, while Caitlin Moran recalls the experience of growing up poor. Ai Weiwei explores capitalism, Elif Shafak investigates fascism, while Jamelle Bouie ponders the attraction of Trump. Alicia Garza promotes community organizing while Roxane Gay argues that equality is not oppression.
Takes: Chuck D on FameHow many four letter words spring to mind that begin with an F? Leader of the seminal rap group Public Enemy Chuck D spells out the pros and cons of fame.
Takes: Elif Shafak on FascismHow do we explain the holocaust? What happens if we tell ourselves it was caused by evil? Award-winning novelist and intellectual Elif Shafak sounds a warning about the turbulent times we live in.
Takes: Alicia Garza on PowerDo women leaders behave differently to men? Not necessarily, says journalist and essayist Roxane Gay. And that won’t change until men understand that equality is not oppression.
Takes: Roxane Gay on Women’s PowerDo women leaders behave differently to men? Not necessarily, says journalist and essayist Roxane Gay. And that won’t change until men understand that equality is not oppression.
Consider yourself a culture vulture? These exclusive short films take a deep dive into culture. Lionel Shriver explores taboos, while Louis Theroux looks at religion. Elif Shafak explores the dangers of algorithms as Jamelle Bouie considers the perils and positives of AI. Caitlin Moran ponders the power of a cultural explosion, Malcolm Gladwell celebrates New York, while Alicia Garza gets revolutionary.