The Saviors of Saffron

Story by Diego Vivanco & Juan Sierra | November 3, 2017

Saffron production was once a major industry in the rural Spanish province of Teruel. But after decades of chronic depopulation, cultivation of the spice virtually ceased. Now, after years of neglect, this delicate flower is enjoying a comeback thanks to the efforts of three young urbanites. Daniel Gómez, an agricultural engineer whose parents, grandparents and uncles once grew saffron here, recruited his lifelong friends – Quico Gimeno, who runs a bicycle restoration and repair shop, and Raúl Jiménez, a graphic artist and bike polo enthusiast, to revive Saffron production in the small village of Bañón.

The Collector of Time

As Mark McKinley puts it, “no collector ever says, ‘I’ve gone too far.'” After 27 years and an official Guinness World Record, he stands by that statement.

An Aging Mother’s Animated Love Letter to Her Autistic Son

“Who would look after him if I wasn’t here?” and other questions this mom asks herself every day.

Courvosier Cox Knows He’s a Superstar

Meet a teenage actor-singer-comedian with absolutely no doubt that his tumultuous adolescence will soon give way to Hollywood fame.

A 360° View of India’s Gravity-Defying Pole Wrestlers

Get up close and personal with the athletes of the reemerging ancient pastime of mallakamb, in Narratively’s first 360 film.

This Breathtaking Greek Fireworks Battle Puts Your July 4th to Shame

Once a year, residents of this mountainous island gather at two churches on opposite ends of town and launch 100,000 handmade rockets — directly at each other.

Penny’s Ex-Husband Realized She’s a Woman. But They’re Still Best Friends.

When Dee came out as a transgender, it meant the end of her marriage to Penny. And that’s when the empowering journey for both women truly began.

The Nomadic People Caught in the Crosshairs of China’s Economic Boom

As Chinese investment turns this mineral-rich region into a cash cow, does the Southern Mongolian culture have any hope of survival? A few families are willing to fight for it.

Meet The Banksy of Cardboard Curiosities

This LA artist is creating ephemeral works designed to dazzle – then disintegrate.