When Doctors Won’t Believe Your Pain

From The Atlantic. When the filmmaker Sindha Agha first went to the doctor about her pain, she experienced a phenomenon familiar to many women—she was not taken seriously. Then, it happened again. And again. “It took me nearly 15 years of going to doctor after doctor to finally receive adequate treatment,” Agha told The Atlantic.…

‘People Say She’s Not a Woman’

From The Atlantic. Medias and William, a young couple in rural Uganda, are trying to have a baby—to no avail. They’ve been together a long time, and their options are becoming limited. “People say, ‘She’s not a woman. She doesn’t have a child,’” Medias says in Paul Szynol’s short documentary, premiering on The Atlantic today.…

How Should Americans Tackle Anti-Semitism?

From The Atlantic. “Our country and many others around the world have entered a dark period when virulent nationalism and bigotry are on the rise,” says Atlantic staff writer Emma Green. In a new Atlantic Argument, Green explains how the recent uptick in anti-Semitism is particularly alarming in Europe; a recent CNN poll revealed that…

Death Metal Grandma

From The Atlantic. A nonagenarian Holocaust survivor reinvents herself with heavy metal music. “Death Metal Grandma” was directed by Leah Galant (http://leahgalant.com/). It is part of The Atlantic Selects, an online showcase of short documentaries from independent creators, curated by The Atlantic.

I Have a Message For You

From The Atlantic. “I’ve been looking for you for 20 years. You don’t know me, but I know you. I have a message for you.” Klara, a 92-year-old Holocaust survivor, heard those words in 1961 on the streets of Tel Aviv. They would alter the course of her personal history, giving her the closure—and redemption—she…

Free-Market Marijuana

From The Atlantic. By and large, marijuana legalization represents progress, argues writer Annie Lowrey. It’s well documented that prohibition has a tremendous fiscal cost, not to mention a far worse human cost. Researchers have also convincingly argued that cannabis is far less dangerous than legal substances such as alcohol. As a result, a solid majority…

What’s In a Love Letter?

From The Atlantic. “Dear Noortje: Why, I sometimes wonder, do so many love letters start with ‘I meant to write sooner,’ or ‘I should write to you more often,’ or a more fanciful variation of the same?” reads a young man in Tara Fallaux’s short film. “Maybe because people are lazy and, in their daily…

The World-Famous Painting Horse

From The Atlantic. Stories of people and animals bringing comfort to one another are a dime a dozen on the internet. But every once in a while, an interspecies communion rises above the din. Ron Krajewski and his horse, Metro Meteor, are one such pair. The short documentary “My Paintbrush Bites,” premiering today on The…

Couples and Exes Read Love Letters Out Loud

From The Atlantic. “Dear Noortje: Why, I sometimes wonder, do so many love letters start with ‘I meant to write sooner,’ or ‘I should write to you more often,’ or a more fanciful variation of the same?” reads a young man in Tara Fallaux’s short film. “Maybe because people are lazy and, in their daily…

The World-Famous Horse Artist

From The Atlantic. Stories of people and animals bringing comfort to one another are a dime a dozen on the internet. But every once in a while, an interspecies communion rises above the din. Ron Krajewski and his horse, Metro Meteor, are one such pair. The short documentary My Paintbrush Bites, premiering today on The…

It’s Time to Impeach Trump

From The Atlantic. Impeachment is a powerful tool. The time to wield it is now, argues the Atlantic senior editor Yoni Appelbaum. In the latest Atlantic Argument, Appelbaum invokes Andrew Johnson’s impeachment in 1868 to make the case for democratically removing President Donald Trump from office. Appelbaum underscores that this measure is not meant to…

Transformers Made of Trash

From The Atlantic. There’s nothing, it would seem, that Peter Kokis can’t turn into a robot. The Brooklyn performance artist makes cyborgs out of 100 percent recycled materials—oftentimes salvaged from the trash. He builds the 170-pound costumes on his kitchen table. When he’s done, Kokis parades through the streets, a veritable Transformer among mortals. “I…