Statistics show that around 49 million Americans live in poverty, which includes over 16 million children. Without much support from their own government, people get pushed to the margin and are forced to take on jobs that are not necessarily legal. Single mothers, predominantly African-Americans, are among the victims of this penury; some turn to […]

“My brilliant father lost his hearing very suddenly when I was 12 and lived the last 2 years of his life profoundly deaf. I witnessed first hand the huge effects deafness has on a family. I also saw him for the first time seem vulnerable and I noticed how easy it was for people to […]

In the middle of nowhere, on a grass patch among scattered bushes, a group of younger men is playing a game of football. It looks innocent at first, with basically no audible dialogue. But there is a growing sense of desperation and aggression involved in the game, up until the moment when one of the […]

Somewhere in the USA, the police comes into “a drop house” – a hideaway where illegal immigrants are being kept by traffickers before transporting them deeper into the country – and what they witness is a plastic rubbish bag, filled with human waste. In it, there is a man who is barely alive, and next […]

Pottery is as much a philosophy as it is an art form. In Mashiko and Kasama, two regions of Japan which is the home to some of the best potters in the world, this is especially the case. Those that work in these areas spend decades perfecting their craft, refining their skills until they are […]

Try to picture it: Pinewood Studios on a brisk Friday night, the champagne is flowing, and filmmakers, actors, and guests of honour are dressed in their finest. Guessed what the event is yet? No? It’s the Lift-Off Film Festival Awards Show. It’s not quite the Oscars, but it’s the largest independent film festival in the […]

The international independent film festival, the Lift-Off Film Festival, is back in town this week to celebrate the winners of the network’s overall season. Taking place at Pinewood Studios on Friday night, the festival’s year-end awards show will present the biggest and best films prizes from around the world. Filmmakers, whose products were shown as […]