Paolina has big teeth. She follows in the footsteps of her mum and gran before her. Could it be a hang-up, handed down through generations? Or could it simply be that big teeth mean big smiles?
On his bike, Joseph runs a death defying race against the clock. Weaving his way along Lagos’ grid-locked streets, his ‘cargo’ is a blood delivery for the maternity unit. Deborah, in the throes of labour, needs an urgent transfusion.
My DeadlyBeautiful City
In Norilsk, Siberia, temperatures can sink to -60°C. The grey sky hangs low, as does the pollution. But for many that call it home, the beauty of Norilsk is to die for.
The Shampoo Summit
Perched above the washbasin, the camera is filming. Welcome to Fifi’s, a ladies’ hairdressers in Haifa, Israel.
Adem still mourns his daughter, Ivana. Can time sweep clean,
like the River Sava?
Table for One
Chunli is a table tennis champion.
Nearing 60, she dreams of winning an Olympic gold medal for New Zealand.
But is it too late?
A prayer for a ‘Bright Future’. Rose whispers a prayer for little Angela, who is turning 6, that she will grow up happy in Belgium.
Around and around and around she goes… ‘Keeping Balance’ – escaping reality
on a fairground ride.
Mamadou left Ivory Coast behind him,
crossed the Sahara and Mediterranean,
lost friends along the way.
Now an unofficial refugee in France,
he scrapes by on odd jobs.
He plays football, and dances, to forget.
Diagnosed HIV-positive aged 21,
Matthew struggled to find acceptance in conservative Northern Irish society.
To escape his everyday reality,
he created his absolutely fabulous drag alter-ego: Cherrie Ontop.
In the woods
Not too talkative, wielding chainsaws and smoking, men fell trees in the steep forest above Lake Ägeri, Switzerland.
And it’s beautiful.
Between Mountains and Mermaids
In breathless silence,
freediver Tolga Taskin
dares flirt with mermaids
deep in mountain lakes.
Martha talks about sometimes
having no one to hang out with.
She lives in the Inuit village of Aupaluk,
population 200, in Nunavik.
It’s a long wait for spring,
on the edge of a frozen bay.
Vespas go for gold.
Young Indonesians recast
the Italian two-wheeler
in their own rebel image.
They kiss the ground
where human life is valued.
Syrians on the threshold of Europe
lift the curtain on loves
and lives lost forever.
Even in her sleep,
the ballet haunts Olga Smirnova.
But you’ll understand
why she’s a prodigy:
No one is left unmoved
after watching her dance.
The Good Shepherd
“The shepherd is part of the mountain.
But without my wife
I don’t think there’d be any of this.”
Maria is upholding a 30-year tradition
of counting pilgrims
on their way to Santiago de Compostella.
some difficult wayfarers,
Maria nobly continues her task.
“What is a man? What is a woman?”
Ivy takes us on a candid journey
about the difficult choices
you face in becoming
who you are meant to be.
With their loved ones depending on them,
three men from Romania
try to survive on London’s streets
by creating melancholic sand sculptures.
A woman of great courage
rebuilds her life high in the mountains
after an earthquake of terrible power
“Women are women
and men are men.
And Muxes… well, are Muxes”.
A Mexican paramedic and his relationship
with death. A duel between the adrenaline
when he turns on the siren
and the emotional weariness
from being the witness
of countless tragedies.
Born to be Mild
Finding joy in the mediocre,
a group of men have a different approach
to the ever-quickening pace of modern life
at the Dull Men’s Club.
Cristian remembers the stars in the sky
before he went blind as a child.
Now he reaches for them
as a Paralympic champion.
Sure, rock ‘n’ roll is a ‘vicious game’.
But Mark Goffeney wins game,
set and match against cynicism.
As a 10-year-old growing up in Africa,
Robert-Jan, the son of European parents,
he would have to say goodbye.
Two migrants who dream of Australia
are illegally detained
on a small island of Papua New Guinea.
They tell their confinement
and their broken dreams.
Dorota is a Polish bodybuilding legend.
What do strength and beauty
mean to her?
Three migrants from Ivory Coast
are stuck in Athens.
All they want to do
is leave and reach Paris.
At all costs.
Lost in Manboo
Masata and Hitomi choose to live
in a cyber-café in Tokyo.
How do they live in a space
that’s four metres square?