How the Jump Rope Got its Rhythm
by Beckypublished on 8th September 2022
Small Thing Big Idea, a TED series. “Down down, baby, down down the roller coaster…” Hip-hop owes a lot to the queens of double dutch. Ethnomusicologist Kyra Gaunt takes us on a tour of the fascinating history of the jump rope.
Watch the trailer for Thariode, which tells the story of gold mining in Thariode, one of the most ancient cities of the Malabar region, British India. The film also charts the history of gold mining in other areas of Malabar during the 19th century.
Watch the trailer for this historical docudrama, which chronicles the life of a kingmaker who influenced, controlled and changed the reign of 7 Mughal Emperors in medieval India.
The Young Cyclist: A Rwandan road rider
1 month ago
Aliane Mugisha was a roadside hawker in Kigali when she decided to change her business, inspired by the local men who rode taxi bicycles. She did not know this would lead to a whole new cycling adventure. In The Young Cyclist, by filmmaker Yuhi Amuli, she shares her story of determination and focus - and its uplifting results.
An Africa Direct documentary. David Ochieng, also known as 'Avido', is a Kenyan designer whose brand is making a noise in the fashion industry. But while his clothes are sold around the world, he stays true to his roots in Nairobi’s Kibera slum.
Soly, an Egyptian filmmaker, rescues Layaly, a stray dog in Cairo, with help from a group of animal welfare volunteers before travelling with her to a new home abroad. However, just hours before the dog is due to face life-saving throat surgery, she escapes into the hills. Soly joins a 10-day search with support from local media and volunteers.
Glen Mackay was at a fashion show overseas and was told "the darker the skin, the uglier they're considered". He decided to call upon some of his friends in fashion industry to address this, and prove that beauty is all about feeling comfortable in your skin. 'See Me Now' is a fashion film with a social conscience.
Firewoman: A bush firefighter in South Africa
4 months ago
Tarren-Lynn January is part of the Juliet Crew, the only all-female bush firefighting unit in Cape Town, South Africa. She and her teammates were recruited to encourage more women into firefighting. In this documentary we bunker down with the crew at their barracks on the Western Cape mountains.
Witness: Deactivating Kenya’s Toxic Trolls
3 months ago
How a Kenyan mother is taking on cyberbullies with kindness. Bullying is no longer confined to school playgrounds and workplaces. Concerned about her kids growing up in Kenya’s toxic cyberspace, banker-by-day Marjoline decides to launch an online kindness campaign.