The success of a short film commissioned by this newspaper represents the upside of our age’s digital blurring of boundaries

News last week that a Guardian-commissioned work has been nominated for an Oscar for best short documentary was an arresting reminder of the powerful effects of technology on media, and of the need to rethink some old frameworks. A 26-minute documentary from a UK-based newspaper is a contender at Hollywood’s annual Academy Awards – it’s as if a television network were in the running for a prestigious international literary prize.

Congratulations to those who made Black Sheep, which tells a remarkable story of the distorting effects of racism.

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