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Health

Illuminating an illness without end: Fellows Friday with Jennifer BreaIlluminating an illness without end: Fellows Friday with Jennifer Brea

Posted By Karen Eng

Three years ago, Jennifer Brea, then a PhD student in political science, was struck down by what appeared to be a severe flu. It turned out to be the beginning of a long illness — including neurological dysfunction and extreme exhaustion — that she has yet to recover from. Discovering that the medical community did […]

Film

Voices of violence: Photojournalist Jon Lowenstein captures narratives of violence in Chicago’s South SideVoices of violence: Photojournalist Jon Lowenstein captures narratives of violence in Chicago’s South Side

Posted By Karen Eng

What is the effect of violence on a life’s narrative? TED Fellow and photojournalist Jon Lowenstein has lived in the South Side of Chicago for about a decade — first working as a teacher, photographer and community liaison at an elementary school and subsequently engaging with his African American neighbors to document life in this […]

Film

TED Fellow Negin Farsad opens film “The Muslims Are Coming!”TED Fellow Negin Farsad opens film “The Muslims Are Coming!”

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Negin Farsad’s new documentary, The Muslims Are Coming!, churns hilarity out of a not-so-funny subject: Islamophobia. The film follows Farsad, a TED Fellow, and a group fellow Muslim-American comedians (Dean Obeidallah, Aron Kader, Preacher Moss, Kareem Omary, Maysoon Zayid and Omar Elba) as they tour the United States and hold comedic interventions to show conservatives, […]

Entertainment

Filmmaker to make documentary about TED Prize winner Sugata MitraFilmmaker to make documentary about TED Prize winner Sugata Mitra

Posted By Jamia Wilson

Sugata Mitra’s TED Prize story may soon be coming to a theater near you. Today during the TEDGlobal 2013 session “Exquisite, Enigmatic Us,” curator Chris Anderson named British director Jerry Rothwell as the winner of the first annual Sundance Institute | TED Prize Filmmaker Award. Rothwell earned a $125,000 grant to follow Sugata Mitra over the next 18 months as he builds […]

News

Turning Haiti, Tunisia and the West Bank inside out: A documentary on JR’s worldwide participatory art project to air on HBO tonightTurning Haiti, Tunisia and the West Bank inside out: A documentary on JR’s worldwide participatory art project to air on HBO tonight

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

“We use images like a weapon to fight for social causes,” says a man in the trailer for INSIDE OUT: The People’s Art Project, a new documentary that airs on HBO tonight. The doc tells the story of JR’s INSIDE OUT, a global art project in which anyone, anywhere, can send the artist a portrait […]

Entertainment

9 documentaries that you need to see this year9 documentaries that you need to see this year

Posted By Mariannator

By Marianna Torgovnick Some documentaries show us the strange, the exotic and the unfamiliar; others make us feel anew about something so everyday, we barely thought about it before. Some of my favorite TED Talks are built around great documentary films, like Deborah Scranton’s chilling “War Tapes” and Nathaniel Kahn’s moving search for “My Father, the Architect.” Last week, […]

Entertainment

New documentary at SXSW traces William Kamkwamba’s journey from rural Malawi to the TED StageNew documentary at SXSW traces William Kamkwamba’s journey from rural Malawi to the TED Stage

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

William Kamkwamba built a windmill out of spare parts to provide electricity for his family in rural Malawi, after seeing a similar design in a library book. It’s an incredible story — one that set TEDGlobal 2007 ablaze. Now, Kamkwamba is the subject of a new documentary, William and the Windmill, which makes its world […]