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When-You39re-Old-You-Can-Finally-Be-Selfishvideo
Most people dread the inevitable declines associated with aging. But to hear the residents of the Hebrew Home at Riverdale tell it, senescence gets a bad rap.
Battling-Evil-Inside-a-21st-Century-Exorcismvideo
In the rolling Tuscan hills of Italy, the Vatican’s most prominent exorcist fights the true essence of evil. Father Raffaele Talmelli is engaged in an age-old tradition, but he takes a decidedly unorthodox approach to battling demons. Read more: https://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/582646/inside-exorcism/ "Contra Dæmones" was directed by Ivan Olita. It is part...
Bridges-Not-Walls-The-Priest-at-the-Bordervideo
In Texas, a white adobe chapel built in 1899 on the bank of the Rio Grande sits in the proposed path of President Donald Trump’s border wall. A Border Patrol agent stands sentry yards away. A military helicopter—part of Trump’s troop surge at the border—drowns out Father Roy Snipes....
A-Police-Shooting-a-Viral-Video-and-an-Obsessive-Quest-for-Truthvideo
On April 4, 2015, Walter Scott, an unarmed black man, was fatally shot by Michael Slager, a police officer who had stopped Scott for a nonfunctioning brake light. A shaky video taken by a witness revealed some essential facts: Scott had been running away when he was shot from...
Peace-By-Chocolatevideo
For decades, Assam Hadhad ran a chocolate factory in Syria, the second-largest in the Middle East. In 2012, it was destroyed in a bombing. Hadhad and his family fled war-torn Damascus soon thereafter. After spending years in a Lebanese refugee camp, they were granted asylum in Canada. When they...
Sex-and-the-1960s-College-Girlvideo
“Men...admit that what really irritates them about modern women is that they can't, or won't, give themselves completely to men,” Nora Johnson wrote in her 1959 Atlantic article, "Sex and the College Girl." “This is undoubtedly true … And this, God knows, is a good thing.” In the article, which...
Youre-Not-Allowed-to-Die-Herevideo
It’s illegal to be buried in Longyearbyen, Norway, the northernmost town in the world, where a melting permafrost threatens to uncover bodies and revive ancient diseases. "Nobody Dies in Longyearbyen was directed by David Freid. It is part of The Atlantic Selects, an online showcase of short documentaries from independent creators,...
Countdown-to-39Day-Zero39-The-Water-Crisis-in-Cape-Townvideo
What happens when a major metropolitan area runs out of water? The 4.5 million residents of Cape Town are hoping they won’t have to find out. The South African city has been experiencing a severe water crisis since early 2017, when the municipal government began pleading with residents to...
A-Teenager-Regrets-His-Role-in-Fake-Newsvideo
Once upon a time, an economically depressed and largely forgotten town in the Balkans experienced a digital gold rush. The average monthly salary in Veles, Macedonia, had been $371; now young denizens were earning up to $16,000. The year was 2016, and the gold was fake news. The idea that fake...
A-Scary-Hollywood-Rip-Offvideo
In 1989, Rolfe Kanefsky, who was then 19 years old, cobbled together $100,000 to make his dream film. That’s how the first self-aware, meta-textual horror film was born. Then, five years after Kanefsky's film "There's Nothing Out There" tanked at the box office, Wes Craven would make millions on a very,...