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This Is What It's Like to Live in a World Without Smell

What is the world like without a sense of smell? Filmmaker Jacob LaMendola interviewed a handful of people with anosmia, a rare condition that makes them unable to perceive odor. The interviews are paired with striking visuals that evoke some of the strong smells—both good and bad—that surround us every day. Exploring the richness and depth that smell brings to our lives, the film is a good reminder to always stop and smell the roses.

The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the world and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic's belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. To submit a film for consideration, please email sfs@natgeo.com. The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners.