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As the border between the United States and Mexico began to figure more and more prominently into the news cycle, filmmaker David Freid noticed a consistent blind spot: No one, it seemed, was talking to the people who actually lived there. He decided to visit Mike Davidson, who for...
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Unbeknownst to many Americans, there is one legal scenario in which the president’s power substantially increases. This is the moment he declares a national emergency. Although Congress has passed more than 100 provisions that outline the power that the president gains in this circumstance—such as the ability to shut...
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“I came here to get a PhD in American literature, and here I am, with pictures of American writers on the wall—a chess vendor.” That’s Imad Khachan, owner of Chess Forum, the only remaining chess shop in New York City. A Palestinian refugee with no family of his own, Khachan...
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For one man, repairing watches offers respite from hectic modern life. Read more: "The Watchmaker" was directed by Marie-Cécile Embleton. It is part of The Atlantic Selects, an online showcase of short documentaries from independent creators, curated by The Atlantic.
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At 430 miles long, the formidable Mauritania Railway, nicknamed the “backbone of the Sahara,” boasts some of the longest and heaviest trains in the world. Its journey begins in Zouerat, Mauritania, where 22,000 tons of iron ore are mined daily and transported across the searing desert to the port...
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“When I was a child, I was fascinated by the spontaneity and the freedom of the clown,” says Reinhard Horstkotte, a performer who is profiled in Emmanuel Vaughn-Lee’s short documentary, Laugh Clown Laugh. Horstkotte embraces these virtues in his work as a clown. Over the course of his life,...
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Willcox, Arizona. Population 3,500. “It's not unlike many other towns one might pass by on the freeway while driving around the American West,” the filmmaker Zack Wright told The Atlantic. Driving by is exactly what Wright and his co-director, Ryan Maxey, were doing when they happened to tune into...
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Many historians agree that the North American figure of Santa Claus can be traced back to a monk named Saint Nicholas of Myra, a bearded fourth-century Greek Christian with a penchant for charitable giving. St. Nicholas was presumably the basis for the Dutch Sinterklaas, patron saint of children, who...
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The binding agent between Donald Trump and his backers is the president’s consistent demonstration of cruelty, argues writer Adam Serwer in the latest Atlantic Argument. From the president’s mockery of the disabled New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski, to his denigration of Christine Blasey Ford, to his villainizing of...
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Maxime Lacoste-Lebuis and Maude Plante-Husaruk, both filmmakers, were researching their upcoming trip to Central Asia when they first heard a man named Raïmberdi talk about plants. “We stumbled upon a French TV program about where Raïmberdi had briefly appeared, and we immediately thought he was a very interesting...