Timbuktu is renowned for its ancient texts, which date back to when the Malian city was a vital scholastic centre over 500 years ago. Boubacar Saddeck Najim is one of the few remaining copyists who painstakingly replicates these precious manuscripts for posterity.
As part of TED Countdown, TED's global initiative to accelerate solutions to the climate crisis, @LET IT HAPPEN, a dance trio comprised of Dutch twin sisters Norah and Yarah along with younger sister Rosa, perform to remixes of funk classics - "Get On the Good Foot" by James Brown and "Hit the Road Jack" by Ray Charles.
Artist Adjaratou Ouédraogo is more famous abroad than at home in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. In The Painter, by filmmaker Ousmane Zoromé Samassékou, she organises a street art event called "My City In Painting" to encourage locals to celebrate and participate in art. In this thoughtful, immersive film we also see her at work in her studio while she contemplates her craft and shares the story of how she found her voice and her happiness through painting.
Ai Weiwei and Anish Kapoor Interview: The two global icons compare notes on freedom of expression, how art can challenge power, and what subversive art looks like today.
In Part 2, Gurinder Chadha and Skin discuss the importance of using cinema and music to champion new forms of hybrid identity and they reflect on the challenges of ensuring greater diversity and inclusion in the creative industries.
In this episode of Studio B Unscripted, Gurinder Chadha and Skin share their experiences of growing up as second-generation immigrants and coming to terms with their identities. They discuss marginalisation, empowerment, and what pushed them to forge new creative paths in the worlds of music and cinema.
The Voice of Peace and Radio Caroline were pirate radio stations that launched in the 1960s and 1970s, broadcasting from ships anchored outside national territorial waters, in an attempt to challenge the societies around them. This documentary from Al Jazeera World intercuts the stories of these two stations, through a mix of archive, presenter anecdotes, journalistic analysis and historical context.
An action movie with global stars, fast cars and an exotic location is nothing new. But the politics behind the scenes of The Misfits, a recent high-octane movie release, reveals its own story - one of producer power struggles, money, influence, politics, and an apparent attempt to tarnish the reputation of a country.
Xi Jinping's China has embarked on a campaign that could transform the country's technology, entertainment and media industries.
In this performance for TED, Guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela combine furiously fast riffs and dazzling rhythms to create a style that draws on both flamenco guitar and heavy metal in this live performance of their song, "The Soundmaker."
Afropop artist and UN Goodwill Ambassador Yemi Alade is known for her electrifying stagecraft and edgy style. In this performance for TED she performs "True Love," an energetic song about forgetting sorrow and finding optimism, followed by "Africa," a ballad celebrating love of home.
Millennium Arts: Studio B Unscripted - Elif Shafak and Wole Soyinka
David Hoffman discusses his classic feature-length documentary Sing Sing Thanksgiving. Recorded in 1973 at Sing Sing Prison outside New York City. B.B. King, Joan Baez and other great artists came to New York's Maximum Security Prison, Sing Sing, and gave one of the best shows of their lives.
On any given Thursday, Lal Shahbaz Qalandar’s shrine in southern Pakistan reverberates with Sindhi folk music and hundreds of people dancing. But in February 2017, a suicide bomber attacked the shrine, claiming the lives of 88 people and injuring many more. In an act of defiance and solidarity, Sheema Kermani travelled to the site a few days after the attack and performed the Dhamall, a form of dance rooted in the promise of spiritual trance. Videos of her performance spread across social media.