• [Video] The French football campaign tackling domestic violence

    By on June 6, 2016

    The former manager of the French national football team doesn't support his own side? That's what seems first to come to mind when a French fan sees a video titled "Je ne support pas les bleus" (I don't support the Blues). But behind the surprising statement hides a subtle, and vital, communication campaign aimed at tackling domestic violence in France.

  • [Video] Paris protests: Not all tear gas and troublemakers?

    By on June 1, 2016

    Media reports covering the ongoing demonstrations in France against proposed labour market reform present the country as experiencing a state of emergency. But how much are young French people really engaging in violent confrontation? What's been driving them out onto the streets of Paris time and again over the last two months? Video report. 

  • [Video] Neukölln: Breaking stereotypes of bohemian Berlin

    By on May 25, 2016

    "Come with as few stereotypes as you can," is one resident's advice. Yet the stereotypes are many. Dangerous? Multikulti? Hipster heaven? Spend a little time in the Neukölln neighbourhood and a different picture emerges. That of a free and liberal place, where migrant communities flourish alongside a growing youth contingent. But can its unique social makeup survive gentrification? Video report.

  • [Video] Cafébabel: 15 years and still going strong

    By on May 10, 2016

    Cafébabel is 15 years old! When we sat down to discuss how best to celebrate this glorious event, we weren't short of ideas. An interview with Queen Elizabeth II on the subject of Brexit? A rooftop party at European Parliament? An #EUtoo report beamed down from the moon? We finally settled on the magic of film! Here it is, made especially for Babelians everywhere: our anniversary video.

  • Lost in Manboo: My life in a cyber-café

    By on May 4, 2016

    Most people only spend an hour or two in Tokyo's cyber-cafés. It's one thing to spend a sleepless night in front of a screen, and another to spend your whole life bathed in an electric glow. Masata and Hitomi live in a four square metre cubicle. For them, despite sleeping on the floor, the Manboo café is home. The latest documentary from our partners at

  • The young, international directors reshaping Danish film

    By on April 27, 2016

    Besides its author-driven aesthetic, Danish cinematography has been famous for strong storytelling, bold realism and dark humour. As the world is constantly changing, so are new trends within the film industry. The next generation of filmmakers are bringing their own sensibilities, ideals, topics and aesthetics; but they also have to face inevitable compromise regarding their cinematic expression.

  • Nowhere Line: What future for the Manus Island migrants?

    By on April 20, 2016

    Behrouz and Omar’s epic journey ends on Manus Island – a purgatory where they have no future. The stories of those fleeing violence and persecution converge on this Pacific Island. They hope to reach Australia, a country that is unlikely to ever welcome them. Nowhere Line: Voices from Manus Island is the new documentary from our partners at

  • Polish abortion law protests: Paris stands with Warsaw 

    By on April 12, 2016

    Video report from Place des Invalides, Paris, where crowds gathered on the 10th of April to support members of the Polish diaspora in protesting against the introduction of a total ban on abortion in their country. Baring the slogan "my body, my choice", activists from Warsaw to London – and as far away as Tokyo – are showing solidarity with Polish women.

  • Arriving in Athens: Out of the frying pan and into the fire

    By on April 6, 2016

    The collapse of the Greek economy has left a visible impact on the country’s capital. In spite of bailout packages, the situation hasn’t improved. Severe cutbacks seem only to deepen these cracks. The proportion of struggling Greeks is significant; almost every second young person is out of work. Increasing numbers face the prospect of life on the street. Is hope on the horizon? Seemingly not.

  • The Strongwoman: A legend of Polish bodybuilding

    By on March 23, 2016

    In her daily life she’s at home in heels and a sundress; in the gym she trades them for weights and dumbbells. At 60 years old, Dorota still shows us her muscles. In Poland – and elsewhere – she’s already won numerous weight-lifting contests. But it’s in daily life that she comes across the toughest competition. The short film “The Strongwoman” tells her story.