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Tamasha scratch night: Two's Company

New work from Sharmila Chauhan, Mediah Ahmed, Asif Khan (who asks, Why do you never see any Asian tramps?), Sally Woodcock and Sophia Mertins.
from Sogo Theatre on Dec 18, 2014.

Prince of deception

Palestinians who become Israeli agents is a popular plot for both Palestine and Israeli films. 'Omar' and 'Bethlehem' are recent examples. 'The Green Prince' is the most astonishing of all.
from Daniel Nelson on Dec 10, 2014.

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From the editor


The Green Prince  is the amazing story of how the Israeli secret service “turned” the son of a Hamas leader and persuaded him to act as a spy for years.  The core of the film is the spliced interviews with the two men, which is supplemented and given additional impact by contemporaneous newsreel shots. And when The Green Prince finally withdraws from the spying game and moves to the US there is another startling twist, which brings the two men together again.

Prince of deception



* The organisation Spora Stories is looking for British-African stories and is running free workshops to help develop them: "Explore fresh and innovative ways of telling stories. Come tell your own through poetry, prose, script, music, song and dance. All ages and levels of experience welcome." Contact: 



*  Plenty on stage at the moment: the National Theatre is staging two fascinating theatre productions. Here Lies Love is a musical that traces the journey of Imelda Marcos, former First Lady of the Philippines, from her meteoric rise to power to descent into infamy and disgrace.  Behind the Beautiful Forevers by David Hare, is based on Katherine Boo's book about a group of residents in a Mumbai shantytown. The Scottsboro Boys, the all-singing, all-dancing version of an infamous story of injustice against nine African-Americans, performed as a minstrel show – itself a hated symbol of racial stereotyping – has just won the Evening Standard award for Best Musical. Obama-ology at the Finborough Theatre in west Londion is a clever, witty, sharp two-hour piece about a group of activists in the current president's first presidential campaign,



* Below, right: When Wall Street crashes, the impact ripples out to the Mumbai shantytown: “Here I can tell you what’s changed. A kilo of empty water bottles – a few weeks ago you got 25 rupees. Today you get 10.” Katherine Boo's book is adapted for the National Theatre stage.

Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Daniel Nelson


Tw: @EventsNelson








Starters for your 2015 diary:

Wednesday 7 January

* First Wednesday, current affairs, discussion, 7pm, £12.50, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 7479 8950/ 7479 8940


Thursday 8 January

* The Wanderer: Home (land) Exile: Dislocation, symposium with Alice Correia, Antoni Malinowski, Carolyn Roy, Pamela Kember, 4.30-9pm, free, Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street, W1. Info: 7307 5454/


Sunday 11 January

* Is This Who We Are? Action to mark 13 years of Guantánamo, Ben Griffin, Louise Christian, 2-4pm, US Embassy, Grosvenor Square, W1. Info:


Tuesday 13 January

* World Factory: Considering Consumption, investigation of global consumer capitalism through the lens of the textile industry, from the heart of the industrial revolution in nineteenth-century Manchester to the world behind the ‘Made-in-China’ labels on our clothes today, with Julian Kirby, Andrew Simms, Stella Hall, Lyla Patel, Clare Patey, Jenny Chan, 2pm, Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, EC1. Info: 7324 2570/

* Journeys Into the Disappearing Religions of the Middle East, Gerard Russell, 7pm, £12.50, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 7479 8950/ 7479 8940

* Signals: the breakdown of the social contract and the rise of geopolitics, Pippa Malmgren, 6.30pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info: 7955 6043

* Race and Inequality: the potential for social change, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Mark Neville, Tim Newburn, Gwendolyn Sasse, Polly Toynbee, 6.30pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info: 7955 6043


Wednesday 14 January 

* The Fate of Foreign Fighters Returning from Syria and Iraq, Shiraz Maher, Moazzam Begg, 7pm, £12.50, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 7479 8950/ 7479 8940

* Conor Gearty in Conversation with Chaloka Beyani, on international human rights, working with the UN and his duties as Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons, 6.30-8pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info: 7955 6043

* Marburg & Ebola Viruses Old and New, Hans Klenk, 5:30-7pm, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, WC1. Info:


Thursday 15 January

* Campaign for Freedom of Information: Celebrating 30 years, Ian Hislop, Des Wilson and others, 6pm, Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, EC1. Info: 7324 2570/ 7490 3958/

* Educationally 'Green': Environmental Research, University Teaching and Campus Greening, Carolyn Roberts, 6pm, free, Barnard’s Inn Hall, Holborn, WC1. Info: 7831 0575/


Friday 16 January

* Geopolitics and the Global South: challenges of the emerging order, Chris Alden, Craig Calhoun, Enrique García, Ricardo Lagos, H.H.S Viswanathan, Zhongying Pang, Didier Opertti Badán, Dan Restrepo, Maxine Molyneux, Jose Antonio Ocampo, Harinder Kohli, Jean-Louis Ekra, Matias Spektor, Guillermo Fernandez de Soto, Arturo Valenzuela, Dino Mahtani, Christopher Hughes, José María Aznar, 9am-6.30pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info: 7955 6043

* Tamasha Theatre Mastercall on Intracultural Theatre, Kristine Landon-Smith, 4-6pm, £10 (tickets sold through Tamasha Theatre). Info:


Monday 19 January

* What is the future of official statistics in the Big Data era?, Kenneth Cukier,  Haishan Fu, Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland, Nuria Oliver, John Pullinger, 6pm, free, The Royal Statistical Society, 12 Errol Street, EC1. Info:


Tuesday 20 January

* Putting people first: lessons on accountability to affected populations from Typhoon Haiyan, Alex Jacobs, Gemma Ocon, Nicki Bailey, 10.30am-noon, free, Overseas Development Institute, 203 Blackfriars Road, SE1. Info: 7922 0300


Monday 26 January 

* One Rogue Reporter, exposé of the unscrupulous world of tabloid journalism, filmed in the wake of the phone hacking scandal, through interviews with Steve Coogan, Hugh Grant, John Prescott and others he examines the nebulous boundaries of privacy, public interest and freedom of expression in this country, 7pm, £12/£11, Somerset House, Strand,  WC2. Info: 7845 4600/


Tuesday 27 January

* Achieving security progress in post-conflict contexts, 2.30-5.15, free, Overseas Development Institute, 203 Blackfriars Road, SE1. Info: 7922 0300


Thursday 29 January

* Another humanitarian crisis in Somalia? Learning from the 2011 famine, 11am-12:30pm, free, Overseas Development Institute, 203 Blackfriars Road, SE1. Info: 7922 0300


Friday 30 January

* Casablanca Calling, in Morocco, the world’s first female Muslim leaders are setting out to change their country: empowering women through the teachings of Islam and challenging the attitudes which breed extremism, followed by Q&A with director Rosa Rogers and producer Hilary Durman, 7pm, £12.50, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 7479 8950/ 7479 8940







The 1984 Anti-Sikh Pogroms Remembered, photographs and text, Wiener Library, 29 Russell Square, WC1, until 23 December. Info:

No justice for 1984 anti-Sikh bloodshed


* Tangled Yarnsexplores the politics and morality of the textile industry and the cotton trade, beginning with  the violent campaign by English weavers against imported Indian cotton in the early 18th century, when gangs attacked women wearing patterned cotton gowns or petticoats, to the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory building, which killed 1,138 Bangladeshi garment workers, Wednesdays-Sundays, 10am-5pm, free, William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park, Forest Road, E17, until 25 January. Info: 8496 4390

+ 8 Jan, Untangling the yarns - from Lancashire to Bangladesh, discussion with Alke Schmidt on how the social costs of the global textile industry inspired her exhibition


* Torn Justice, work by 16-22-year-olds looking at conditions in he global textile industry, Wednesdays-Sundays, 10am-5pm, free, William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park, Forest Road, E17, until 25 January. Info: 8496 4390


Conflict, Time, Photography, photographers who have looked back at moments of conflict, from seconds after a bomb is detonated to 100 years after a war has ended, £14.50/ £12.50, Tate Modern, Bankside, SE1, until 15 March. Info: 7887 8888

+ Photographers at war: 'Max Max collides with the Canterury Tales'

War photography: what happens after the conflict?


HIV/AIDS: Controlling and eradicating a modern epidemic, exhibition examining the development of prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS and research underway at the School, 10am-4pm, London School of Hygiene Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, WC1, until 30 December. Info:


* Disobedient Objects, exhibition that looks at the role of objects in movements for social change, including banners, changing designs for barricades, political video games, experimental activist bicycles and textiles bearing witness to political murders,  V&A Museum, South Kensington, until 1 February

Objects that help change the world


Rapid Response Collecting, small, stimulating display of 11 contemporary objects collected in response to major moments in history that touch the worlds of design and manufacturing, V&A Museum, South Kensington, SW5, until 15 January.

Printed guns, nude shoes and Indonesian eyelashes


* Never Never Land, humour as protest in the Arab world, with works by Arwa Alneami, Abdullah Al Mutairi, Monira Al Qadiri, Ahmed Mater, Shaweesh, Edge of Arabia, 40 Elcho Street, SW11, until 17 January. Info: EOA Projects


* Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age, 18 photographers, 250 photographs from the '30s til now, including the dramatic growth of Chinese urbanisation recorded by Nadav Kander, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, until 11 January; part of of the Constructing Worlds season, which includes film about cities around the world

+ Post-independence architecture in the picture


* Voice of Freedom, exhibition from work with a project that supports African women who have escaped trafficking in the Sudan and Sinai, by appointment, Matrix Chambers, Griffin Building, Gray's Inn, WC1, until 30 December. Info: for admission details. Info:  VoF website 


India’s Disappearing Railways: A Photographic Journey, Angus McDonald'S photographs, Mon-Friday 10am-8pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, free, Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, SW7, until  22 December and then 5-9 January. Infdo: 7591 3000


Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014, the work of professionals and amateur photographers from around the globe, £6.30-£12.60, Natural History Museum, South Kensington, until 30 August


* Francis Bedford: Cairo  to Constantinople - Early Photographs of the Middle East, pictures takien during a royal tour in 1862, £9.50/£8.50, The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, SW1, until  22 February. Info: 7766 7301


End User, the title refers to the general public who must usually agree to an End User License Agreement, an often-mindless 'one-click' legal contract that binds us, and all of our information to these companies, free, Hayward Gallery Project Space, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SW1, until 18 January. Info: Southbank 


London, Sugar & Slavery , permanent gallery at the Museum in Docklands, with new display that gives a snapshot of those who received compensation when slavery was abolished in the 1830s, No 1 Warehouse, E14. Info: 0870 444 38520870 444 3852/


* atmosphere: exploring climate science, free, Science Museum, South Kensington. Info: Museum


Atlantic Worlds, transatlantic slave trade gallery, National Maritime Museum, Park Row, SE1. Info: 8858 4422/ 8312 656


Eco Zone Gallery, small gallery devoted to sustainable building products and materials, The Building Centre, Store Street, WC1. Info: 7692 4000/


from 16 January

* Mouths At The Invisible Event, David Birkin's mixed media works and installations centred around issues of censorship, spectatorship and the legal and linguistic frameworks underpinning war, free, Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-6pm, The Mosaic Rooms, A.M Qattan Foundation, Tower House, 226 Cromwell Road, SW5, until 28 February. Info:



Image: Tangled Yarns explores the politics and morality of the textile industry and the cotton trade, from the 18th century to the present day.

Alke Schmidt: Tangled Yarns




The Green Prince, extraordinary, fascinating documentary about the relationship between the son of a senior Hamas leader and the Israeli secret service agent who turned him, Curzons Soho, Richmond, Victoria, and Wimbledon  HMV Curzon, Finchley Road, JW3, Tricycle, North Finchley Vue,

+  Prince of deception


* Citizen Fourdocumentary about Edward Snowden, ICA, Kensal Rise Lexi


* Manakamana, 11 unedited encounters from inside a cable car in Nepal, shot entirely with a fixed camera - with no action and little dialogue, this is not for the impatient,  ICA, Hackney Picturehouse, Brixton Ritzy, and BFI, Southbank, Belvedere Road, SE1, until 27 December. Info: 7928 3232

+ Eleven journeys in a Nepalese cable-car


* Kon-Tiki, the story of Norwegian explorer Thor Hyerdahl's 1947 voyage across the Pacific on a man-made balsa wood raft to prove his theory that Polynesia had been settled from East to West, and in the process became the first person to alert the world to ocean pollution, Barbican, ICA, Gate Notting Hill, Odeon Covent Garden,  Greenwich and Stratford Picturehouses, and Curzons Mayfair, Richmond, Victori8a and Wimbledon HMV  


Sunday 21 December

The Yacoubian Building, the varied inhabitants of one Cairo building are brought to life by an all-star cast in this adaptation of a famous Egyptian novel, BFI, Southbank, Belvedere Road, SE1. Infio: 7928 3232


Sunday 11-Monday 12 January

* The Act of Killing, one of the most extraordinary films you'll ever see: in 1965-66 death squads executed around one million Indonesian citizens in a supposed anti-communist purge: identifying a group of the original culprits (still at large and unpunished), director Oppenheimer persuades them to restage their atrocities in the style of their favourite movies, and seldom has the banality of evil been so uncompromisingly exposed in its own words and actions, £8.15/£11.50, BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, SE1. Info: 7928 3232 

+ The surreal insides of Indonesian killers' heads


Monday 12 January 

* Who is Dayani Cristal?, the body of an unidentified migrant is found in the Arizona desert, with a name tattooed on his chest. This mysterious discovery sparks an investigation by filmmaker Marc Silver and actor-activist Gael Garcia Bernal, as their journey spans the US-Mexico border in an effort to trace one single human story that illuminates the wider immigration debate, followed by a Q&A session with director Marc Silver, 7pm, £12/£11, Somerset House, Strand,  WC2. Info: 7845 4600/

* When migrants hit the road, the road hits back

* A Dangerous Game, a journey to global golfing hot spots where rapacious developers are building massive luxury resorts with little thought for the local environment or population + Q&A with director Anthony Baxter, 7pm, £10, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 7479 8950/ 7479 8940

* Iran: A Cinematographic Revolution + Facing Mirrors, the first traces the development of Iranian film industry, which has always been closely intertwined with the country’s tumultuous political history; the second is about two social outcasts, 6pm/8pm, £7/£9, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhauigh Street, WC2. Info: / 7898 4330/4490


Friday 16 January

* Shorts, from around the world,  7pm, £10, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 7479 8950/ 7479 8940


Monday 19 January 

* Mubarak’s Egypt, investigation of US role during the final years of Hosni Mubarak’s regime  + Q&A with director Charlie Smith and executive producer Christopher Mitchell, 7pm, £10, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 7479 8950/ 7479 8940







Behind the Beautiful Forevers, David Hare's adaptation of Katherine Boo's book about life in Mumbai shantytown, National Theatre, Southbank, SE1, until 13 April. Info: 7452 3000/ Production

The slumdogs who aren't millionaires

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: A spotlight on Mumbai's poor


* Here Lies Love, Imelda Marcos' meteoric rise to fame in The Philippines and her fall to infamy and disgrace - "dress comfortably and come ready to dance", National Theatre, South Bank, SE1, until 8 January. Info: National


* The Scottsboro Boys, an infamous story of injustice against nine African-Americans  performed as a minstrel show – itself a hated symbol of racial stereotyping, Garrick Theatre, Charing Cross Road, WC2, to 21 February. Info: 0844 412 4662/

+ The black and black minstrel show


East is East, revival of British comedy about growing up in a mixed-race family in 1970s Salford, Trafalgar Studios, until 3 January. Info: 0844 871 7632


Wednesday 7–Saturday 31 January

* Liberian Girl, Royal Court, between 1989 and 2003 the Civil War in Liberia saw over 200,000 people killed, a million others displaced into refugee camps, and over 15,000 children recruited into ‘Small Boys Units’: Diana Nneka Atuona‘s award-winning play tells one teenage girl’s story of survival, £20 (£10 Mondays), Royal Court, Sloane Square, SW1. Info: 7565 5000


Monday 12 January

* Tamasha Scratch Night: Two's Company, includes work by Sharmila Chauhan (two women on opposite sides of the world linked by roses), Mediah Ahmed (a  dying Pakistani has a surprise final request for his wife), Asif Khan (two girls' friendship is tested by the 7/7 bombings), Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Strreet, W1. Info: 7478 0100


from Wednesday 14 January

* Upper Cut, Karen loves politics: she’s a rising star but on the eve of a general election she risks her career and reputation in a bitter and contentious fight over whether to allow shortlists for black parliamentary candidates, £18/£16/£10, Southwark Playhouse, 77-85 Newington Causeway, SE1, until 7 February. Info: 7407 0234


Friday 23 January

* My Cuity… My Revolution…, autobiographical and historical narrative that stems from the experience of an Egyptian woman living a revolution that redefines her relationship to London and Cairo, 7:30pm, £8/£6, Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, Bethnal Green. Info: 7613 7498






Christmas - the period when coverage of developing countries disappears from radio and TV...


Monday 22 December

* Tsunami: Survivors' Stories, 9pm, ITV

* Six Weeks to Save the World, ebola documentary, 11am, R4

* Shared Planet, wolves, 9pm, R4

Tuesday 23 December

* Word of Mouth: Ebola - how should we talk about it?, 4pm, R4

* Terror and the Oxygen of Publicity, 8pm, R4

Friday 26 December

* Tsunami: 10 Years On, 9pm, More4

* Tsunami: Caught on Camera, 10pm, More4

Monday 29 December

* Crossing Continents: Abdi and the Green Card Lottery, about a Somali refugee, 9pm, R4

* Word of Mouth: Ebola - hos should we talk about it?, 11pm, R4

New Year's Eve

* Afghan women: Speaking Out, Losing Lives, 3pm, R4

Thursday 1 January

* David Attenborough's Conquest of the Skies, first iof three (and to be clear, it's not he who conquered the skies but insects and birds), 7pm, Sky1

* Tsunami: 10 Years on, 11.40pm, More4

* Crossing Continents: Colombia, 11am, R4

Friday 2 January

* Correspondents' Look Ahead, forecasts for the year, 8pm, R4