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1.

A Glacier in the Desert

Dutch artist Ap Verheggen is determined to inspire people to respond to climate change in a creative and innovative way. Is the idea of building a glacier in the desert so crazy after all?Directed by Marco Della Coletta & Zoe D'Amaro.
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2015; 2012
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Adult Stem Cells

Adult Stem Cells are a promising new field of treatment for a myriad of injuries and illnesses. Athersys, a company in Cleveland, Ohio, is at the forefront of this research that has the potential to cure millions of people.Directed by Sarah Hanssen.
Online
2015; 2012
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All Hail the Beat

The Roland TR-808 drum machine inspires musicians around the world, even though the device hasn't been made since 1984 - and most of its avid users have never actually seen one. Directed by Nelson George.
Online
2015; 2012
4.

Bones Don't Lie and Don't Forget

After two decades the Forensic Anthropology Foundation of Guatemala (FAFG) remains dedicated to the work of listening to bones that "don't lie and don't forget." FAFG's work demands that we revisit chapters of history that have been deemed closed or resolved, and name, one by one, the thousands who were detained and disappeared during the internal armed conflict in Guatemala. Directed by Kim Munsamy.
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2015; 2012
5.

Bringing Light

In the painstaking process of removing brain tumors, neurosurgeons are constantly challenged by the inability to distinguish healthy tissue from tumor in the operating room. "Bringing Light" focuses on a new innovation that will change everything. Directed by Bert Klasey, Chris Baron & James Allen Smith.
Online
2015; 2012
6.

Build Yourself

In the farmlands of Missouri, an unlikely Polish physicist is developing affordable, easy to build industrial machines and sharing his designs on the Internet for free.
Online
2015; 2012
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Cyborg Foundation

Neil Harbisson was born with achromatopsia, a rare condition that causes complete colour blindness. In 2004, Harbisson and Adam Montandon developed the eyeborg, a sensory device that translates colours into sounds, which Harbisson, the world's first officially recognized cyborg, wears at all times. Directed by Rafel Duran Torrent.
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2015; 2012
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Diamonds on the Inside

Using diamond sensors to help treat cancer sounds like the stuff of science fiction, but for physicist Dr. David Hoxley, his own personal battle with the disease prompted an exploration of possibilities out of the ordinary. Directed by Stephen Scoglio & Jasmine Funnell.
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2015; 2012
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DisplAir

Is the next Steve Jobs living in a remote Russian town? Meet Maxim, the young inventor of a truly jaw-dropping new technology with limitless applications that will eliminate the need for screens and monitors - and all manner of electronic junk. Directed by Victor Kossakovsky.
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2015; 2012
10.

Emergency

In an area better known for apocalyptic sandstorms, punishing heat, and seemingly endless war, Sudan's state-of-the-art Salam Center offers highly specialized health care free of charge to people in need of cardiac surgery thanks to the innovative efforts of the Ngo Emergency and its founder Dr. Gino Strada. Directed by Kief Davidson.
Online
2015; 2012
11.

Fire With Fire

Who would dare to pit one fatal disease against another... inside the body of a six-year-old patient? The results will shatter all expectations.
Online
2015; 2012
12.

Gaia Soil

Paul Mankiewicz is the creator of Gaia Soil, a light-weight soil used for urban gardens. His work couples ecological engineering and restoration with the integration of human communities in natural systems.
Online
2015; 2012
13.

Gömböc

Meet two Hungarian engineers who have invented a new geometric body, using the pure force of their minds.
Online
2015; 2012
14.

Good Bread

Bread can be considered many things: warm; delicious; sustaining. It's also slang for money. This literal slice of life, which follows the typical day of an ex-gang member on his first job in the bakery of Homeboy Industries, underscores the meaning - and the lasting contribution - of "good bread".
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2015; 2012
15.

Grow

Hear the story of two farm boys turned bio-engineers who are harnessing the magical power of nature to help change the world. Agricultural byproducts become part of a living organism that when cooked and dried, looks like styrofoam, but is bio-compatible with the Earth.
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2015; 2012
16.

Heart Stop Beating

In March 2011, two visionary doctors from the Texas Heart Institute successfully replaced a dying man's heart with a 'continuous flow' device, proving that life was possible without a heart beat. Jeremiah Zagar is the Emmy-nominated director of In a Dream, Delhi House, and Coney Island, 1945. Directed by Jeremiah Zagar.
Online
2015; 2012
17.

Hilary's Straws

A moving portrait of Hilary Lister, a quadriplegic champion sailor whose metal-and-circuit-board navigational tool, invented with friends, led her to conquer the oceans of the world. Phil Cox is the award-winning director of We Are the Indians and The Bengali Detective, recently seen on HBO.
Online
2015; 2012
18.

In Your Head

Can virtual reality control pain? Interface designer Dr. Diane Gromala has experienced chronic pain for the last 25 years. Working with concepts of mindfulness meditation, where a patient focuses on their pain to control it, Dr. Gromala and her team have built an immersive virtual reality environment that allows patients to interface with the self by using biofeedback and sensory cues to moderate pain levels.
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2015; 2012
19.

Meet Mr. Toilet

For those without access to a simple toilet, poop can be poison. Businessman-turned-sanitation-superhero Jack Sim fights this oft-neglected crisis affecting 2.6 billion people. Jessica Yu is the Oscar-winning director of Breathing Lessons, In the Realms of the Unreal, Protagonist, and Last Call at the Oasis. Directed by Jessica Yu.
Online
2015; 2012
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Mine Kafon

A short documentary portrait on a designer who has created a low cost solution to landmine clearance. Directed by Callum Cooper.
Online
2015; 2012