In this issue, we’re circling the outer limits to meet anti-heroes living on the fringes of society: from the metalheads of Botswana to the teen rebels of Iran.

In this issue, we’re circling the outer limits to meet anti-heroes living on the fringes of society...

At one point or another, we are all outsiders. Sticking together just makes us feel less alone.

But outliers, in our view, are a cause for celebration. Without a lone figure, there is no challenge to the pack. There is no alternative to the ideas and beliefs that, deep down, we know make no sense.

And yet, some people choose to see mavericks not as thought-leaders but as threats. They strip away all the layers that make them so powerful and real, distilling their wild and unique traits into something simple that can be tamed.

Gay man. Refugee. Juvenile delinquent. Stranger, immigrant, alien. The true outsider rejects these labels. They do not apologise for who they are. They take ownership of their ‘otherness’ and refuse to shrink themselves in any way.

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Photo: Pep Bonet / Noor

The Hellbangers of Botswana
Botswana’s heavy metal scene gets hyped for all the wrong reasons but, beneath the surface, it’s a DIY subculture uncorrupted by the outside world.

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Photo: Anton Polyakov & Anya Galatonova

Breakaway Republic
Transnistria declared itself an independent nation in 1990. As its first generation come of age, they’re finding their way in a world that doesn’t recognise their identity.

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Photo: Tom Jamieson

Father John Misty
Josh Tillman shot to stardom for his sardonic wit and bare-all songwriting. Now that he’s drawn the world’s attention, he’s got a message for all of us: life is a cosmic joke.

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Photo: Theo McInnes

Bikestormz
On the streets of London, crews of cyclists are pulling off death-defying stunts in rush-hour traffic. To the public, it’s a spectacle of recklessness. But for the riders, these mass ride-outs are a means of survival.

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Photo: Kitra Cahana

Dirty Kids
Writer Chris Urquhart spent years following runaways and dropouts across America. But in a world of uprooted misfits, she found that blending in doesn’t come so easily.

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Cosey Fanni Tutti
Branded a ‘wrecker of civilisation’ by the establishment, Cosey Fanni Tutti is the ultimate outsider: a creative force who ripped up the rules in the realms of sex, music and art. Now she’s finally getting recognition.

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Illustration: Cristina Polop

Iranian Aliens
In the shadows of Iran’s hardline regime, the country’s liberal youth are finding creative ways to kickstart a grassroots revolution.

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Photo: Jake Naughton

Waiting for Resettlement
Kenya has become a safe haven for many fleeing war and famine. But in secret hideaways and temporary homes, LGBT refugees are being forced to hide their true selves yet again.

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This Country
After years of struggle in a nowhere town with nothing to do, Charlie and Daisy May Cooper have made a hit comedy series about just that. But as the big time beckons, they’re determined to keep their outsider status intact.

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Photo: Alex Welsh

Girl Unbound
Maria Toorpakai Wazir defied the Taliban to achieve the impossible: rising to fame as a pro squash player, dressed as a boy, in a place where sticking out can get you killed.

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Photo: Lara Atallah

Syrian Rapper
In his home country, Mohammad Abu Hajar is a political activist who wore out his welcome. But in Berlin, where he lives in exile, the fight just to exist poses a new set of challenges.

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Photo: Kevin Zacher

Strangers
When Lea Thau’s life fell apart, she decided to open herself up to the world by starting a podcast with a simple goal: connecting people through the power of secrets.

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Breaking the Silence
Nadav Weiman dreamed of becoming a sniper in the Israeli military. But making that a reality opened his eyes to an unspoken truth: he’s been duped into committing injustice. Now he’s helping other soldiers speak out.

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Photo: Kevin J. Miyazaki

Mark Borchardt
Portrayed as a struggling dreamer in cult film American Movie, director Mark Borchardt has made a madcap documentary of his own about UFO spotters. But he’s determined not to be mistaken for a fantasist.

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Photo: Brinson & Banks

Perfume Genius
Outcasts often seek shelter in the music of Perfume Genius. But after finding stability in his own life, Mike Hadreas realised that sobriety doesn’t fix everything. It just shines a harsher light on the underlying problems.

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