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Voices from contemporary slavery

Hear about the reality of slavery in the UK today, and to support Voice of Freedom, which exists to empower the victims of slavery.
from Photo Voice on Nov 12, 2014.

The slumdogs who aren't millionaires

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.”
from Daniel Nelson on Nov 19, 2014.

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From the editor


* The UK Jewish Film Festival and the Latin American film festival end this weekend: Next up is the Palestine film festival, from 28 November to 4 December.


*  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. Now there's  Behind the Beautiful Forevers by David Hare, based on Katherine Boo's book about a group of residents in a Mumbai shantytown. Zehrunisa and her son Abdul aim to recycle enough rubbish to fund a proper house. Sunil, 12 and stunted, wants to eat until he’s as tall as Kalu the thief. Asha seeks to steal government anti-poverty funds to turn herself into a ‘first-class person’, while her daughter Manju intends to become the slum’s first female graduate. But their schemes are fragile; global recession threatens the garbage trade, and another slum dweller is about to make an accusation that will destroy herself and shatter the neighbourhood.


* There's another musical on an unlikely topic: 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. 


* Below, right: My Toilet: global stories from women and girls is an exhibition that documents women and girls and their toilets to build a visual representation of the day-to-day reality and the effect this has on their lives, both positive and negative

Geeta, from Uttar Pradesh, walks almost six kilometres a day, early morning and late evening, to go to the toilet in a field. In May two girls visited a field they used as a toilet. They were were raped and hung from a tree.

Daniel Nelson


Tw: @EventsNelson







Sunday 23 November

* Climate Change - the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, David Williams, 11am, £3/£2, Conway Hall, 25 red Lion Square, WC2. Info: 7405 1818 


Monday 24 November

* Israel and Palestine – the roots of the conflict and how to solve it, Ahron Bregman, 6.45pm, £3/£2, Friends of Le Monde Diplomatique, The Gallery, 77 Cowcross Street, EC1. Info:

* Annihilation of Caste, Arundhati Roy, 7:45pm, £10, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank centre, SE1. Info: 7960 4200

* The Uprising of the Marginalised: a socio-economic perspective into the collapse of the Ba'ath rule in Syria, Shamel Azmeh, 6.30pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info: 7955 6043

* More Women Can Run: why women remain underrepresented in politics, Susan J Carroll, 6.30pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info: 7955 6043

* The Memory of the Crowd: Exploring the Potential of Digital Media Platforms to Re-imagine a National Narrative in Kenya, 5:15-7pm, School of Oriental and Afrtican Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info: 7898 4370


Tuesday 25 November

* Talking to Terrorists, Jonathan Powell, 7pm, £12.50, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 7479 8940

* Is Keeping Coal A Policy Own Goal?, Rob Gross, Tim Yeo MP, Baroness Bryony Worthington, Jessica Lennard, 4–5:30pm, Committee Room 12, Houses of Parliament, SW1. Info: 7833 6035

* Vulnerability, inclusion and empowerment: recommendations for the post-2015 framework for DRR, Emma Lovell, Hugh MacLeman, Maureen Fordham, Nick Hall, Claire Harris, Annie Patri, Jake Rom Cadag, 3.30-5pm, free, Overseas Development Institute, 203 Blackfriars Road, SE1. Info: 7922 0300 

* Who Rules the World? Flashpoints and Power Rivalries from Europe to Far East, Frank Judd, Humphrey Hawksley, Guy Arnold, Mary Dejevsky, Vijay Mehta, Luchshan Abeysuria, 6-8pm, Committee Room 4a, House of Lords, SW1. Info:

* Liberalism, Autonomy and Rights, 1pm, Gresham College, Barnard’s Inn Hall, WC1. Info: 7831 0575/

* Data journalism for social change, Monique Villa, 5-6pm, London School of Economics, New Theatre, East Building

* Crisis on Turkey’s Southern Borders: What’s at Stake?, Sir David Logan, Bülent Gokay, Robert Lowe, 6pm, free, City University, St John Street, EC1. Indo:

* From Transformational Leadership to Mafia State? Observations from South Africa's Two Decades of Democracy, Mzukisi Qobo, 6.30pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info: 7955 6043

* Panel on the Iranian Economy, Hassan Hakimian, Parvin Alizadeh, 5:45pm, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info: 7898 4330/4490


Wednesday 26 November

* The Problem with Democracy, Matthew Flinders, 6.30-8pm, £8/£6/£5, British Library, Euston Road, NW1. Info: 0330 333 1144/

* In Conversation with Noam Chomsky, 6-7.30pm, The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, SW1. Info: 7969 5200/

* The Languages of Migration, Michael Rosen, 6.30–8pm, London School of Economics, Hohghton Street, WC2

* Korean Literature Night: Shadow of Arms, 6.30-8.30pm, free, Korean Cultural Centre UK, Grand Buildings, 1-3 Strand, WC2 Info: 7004 2600

* South Korean economy, Byung-Hoon Choi, 6.30-8.30pm, free, Korean Cultural Centre, Grand Buildings, 1-3 Strand, WC2. Info:

* An End to Impartiality - Reporting with Honesty,  Martin Bell, Peter Oborne, Richard Sambrook, Christina Lamb, Parvathi Menon, 6.30-8pm, £5/students free, Senate House, University of London, Malet Street, WC1. Info:  Tickets

* Journalism’s new risks and new rewards, Christine Ockrent, 6.30pm, free, City University, Northampton Square, EC1

* The Global Public Sphere, Ingrid Volkmer, Mary Kaldor, 6.30pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info: 7955 6043

* Power Politics and the Humanitarian Impulse: the United Nations in the post-Cold War era, Mats Berdal, 6.30pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info: 7955 6043

* The Languages of Migration, Michael Rosen, 6.30pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info: 7955 6043

* The IPCC Synthesis Report: linking science with policy relevance, Jim Skea, 6pm, Imperial College, South Kensington Campus, SW7. Info: 7589 5111 


Thursday 27 November  

* Working with the Grain, book launch with Brian Levy and Sue Unsworth, 6-7.30pm, Overseas Development Institute, 203 Blackfriars Road, SE1. Info: 7922 0300

* Command and Control, Eric Schlosser on the dangerous history of the management of nuclear weapons – and the grave risk they still pose to humankind, 1pm, Royal Society of Arts, 8 John Adam Street, WC2. Info: 7451 6868/

* NO, screening and discussion of Nadia Kaabi-Linke’s video installation which focuses on the rigorous visa process that people must go through to enter the UK, 6.30pm, free, Iniva, 1 Rivington Place, EC2. Info:

* The Global Campaign for Microbicides, 12:45-1:45pm, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, WC1. Info:

* On Progress and Human Development, Paul Anand, Catherine Audard, Jonathan Wolff, 6.30pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info: 7955 6043

* The Business of Immigration Enforcement: The role of the voluntary sector, Imogen Tyler, Frances Webber, 6-8pm, Institute of Race Relations, 2-6 Leeke Street, WC1. Info:


Friday 28 November

* Groundwater, poverty and development, 5pm, Oveseas Development Institute, 203 Blackfriars Road, SE1. Info: 7922 0300/ 01525 405147)

* Our journey: talks and workshops exploring the use of multimedia and the arts to tell migrant stories, 9.30am-5pm, free, Paddington Arts, 32 Woodfield Road, W9. Info: 7834 2505 x208/ 


Saturday 29 November

* Latin America- Adelante! conference, 9.15am–5pm, TUC Congress House, Great Russell Street, WC1. Sessions include: After Chavez, the Empire Strikes Back – Defending Venezuela Against US Intervention; Media Lies & Violent destabilisation; Cuba’s response to the Ebola crisis and 50 years of Cuban international assistance; Peace and Protest in Colombia; Europe, Latin America & Alternatives to Neo-Liberalism; For Peace, Development & Progress – The New Latin America in the World Today;Elections in Bolivia, Brazil and Uruguay: How the Latin American Left moves forward; Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras & El Salvador: Resistance and Progress; Ecuador’s Citizens’ Revolution: from neo-liberal failure to social justice for all; plus films


Monday 1 December

* Globalization Since Bhopal: Three Decades of Environmental Disaster, Vandana Shiva and Ravi Rajan, 6.30-9.30pm, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info: 7898 4557

* 'Africa Rising? What will happen when her citizens arise', Obiageli 'Oby' Ezekwesili, 6-8pm, Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, W1. Info: 

* The Liberty Human Rights Awards, Sandi Toksvig, Billy Bragg, Shami Chakrabarti, Vanessa Redgrave, 7pm, £10, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SW1. Info: 7960 4200

* Africa 39, Nadifa Mohamed (Somalia), Chibundu Onuzo (Nigeria) and Tope Folarin (Nigeria) discuss their writing and what it means to be a ‘Diaspora’ writer, 6.30pm, £4, Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, EC1. Info: 7324 2570/

* Truth in the Age of Twitter, Matthew Winkler, 6:30pm, City University, A130, College Building, St John Street, EC1

* Ethics Matters in Climate Change, John Broome, 6.30pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC1. Info: 7955 6043

* Bollywood’s India Hindi Cinema as a Guide to Contemporary India, Rachel Dwyer, Faisal Devji and Charlie Henniker, 6.30pm, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info: 7898 4390







My Toilet: Global Stories From Women and Girls, free, Royal Opera Arcade Gallery, SW1, until 22 November. Info: 7930 8069/


Bhopal: Facing 30, photographs, 9am-5pm, Human Rights Action Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, EC2, until 12 December. Info:

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

+ 26 NovCrooked Timber of Mankind: Reflections on the 1984 Anti-Sikh Pogroms, Swaran Singh, 6.30-9.30pm. Info:  Wiener Library

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, William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park, Forest Road, E17, until 25 January. Info: 8496 4390


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, 10:00am-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


* Black Chronicles II, exhibition exploring black presences in 19th and early 20th century Britain, through the prism of photography – particularly studio portraiture, Rivington Place, EC2, until 29 November. Info: 7749 1240/  Exhibition/ 

+ Ending the historical absence of the black presence 


* 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 


* Animal Photography Prize Exhibition, free with zoo ticket, London Zoo, Regent's park, until 12 December. Info:  449 6200/


World Press Photos of the Year, 185 award-winning photographs, covering topics from hard news to sports and portraits, 10am–11pm, free, Royal Festival Hall Belvedere Road, SE1, until 26 November


Helmand Return, photos by Robert Wilson, Gallery One and a Half, 1 1/2 Ardleigh Road, N1, until 30 November. Info: 7923 1430


* Re-Imagine: Black Women in Britain, Tuesday-Sunday 10am-6pm, Black Cultural Archives, 1 Windrush Square, SW2, free, until 30 November. Info: 3757 8500/

+ 28 November, lunchtime talks, 1-145pm, £5/£3 


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

*Tall Storeys - Evolution in Hong Kong Architecture 1963-2014, free, RIBA, W1., until 26 November. Info: 7580 5533


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 Wednesday 26 November

* Conflict, Time, Photography, Tate Modern until 15 March. Info:

+ War photograophy: what happens after the conflict?


from Thursday 27 November

* 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 


Saturday 29-Sunday 30 November

* Exploring migrant stories, photos, films, audio, comic strips and music by diverse Londoners, free, 10am-6pm/ 10am-5pm, Paddington Arts, 32 Woodfield Roa, W9 . Info: 7286 2722/


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




* CitizenFour, documentary about Edward Snowden, Prince Charles Cinema,  ICA, Odeon Panton Street


* InRealLife, fascinating, wonderfully frank documentary about the effects of the Internet on teenagers, £3-£6,  ICA, The Mall, SW1, until 4 December. Info:


* UK Jewish Film Festival, 95 films and 159 screenings, until 23 November Info: 176 0048. Programme highlights include:

23 NovThe Green Prince, extraordinary documentary about the relationship between an israeli intelligence officer and the son of a Hamas leader he recruited as a spy 

+ Prince of deception


* London Latin American Film Festival, films from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Guatemala, UK, until 23 November. Info: Programme includes a number of documentaries - Hombres de cocodrilosportrait of a Cuban village fighting fior survival; Body games, Capoeira and ancesrty; They Are We, about the cultural link between Cuba and Sierra Leone; Chilean Time, on post-coup Chilean exiles; The Heart of Caracvas;  on the Huarani people of Ecuador; and 586k North Border(less), problems of life on both sides of he Colo,bian-Ecuadorean border


* We Are The Giantfilmed largely in secret over the past two years this documentary shows us the lives of six ordinary citizens grappling with the question of whether to take up arms and fight, or to advocate change through peace and non-violence, Curzon Victoria, St James's Park, SW1

+ We are the people, we are the giant


Concerning Violence, documentary based on Frantz Fanon’s landmark 1961 book, 'The Wretched of the Earth'

23 Nov, 1pm + Q&A with director, Brixton Ritzy

24 Nov,  6.25pm + Q&A with director,Curzon Soho

28 Nov-3 Dec, ICA, 

Colonialism: where violence begets violence 


* Return to Nicaragua: The Process of Revolution, 35 years on from the Sandinista revolution, an opportunity to view one of the most committed documentary projects of the late 20th century in its entirety, plus discussions, UCL, Darwin Building, Gower Street, WC1, until 23 November. Info: Booking


Monday 24 November 

* Manhunt, for 20 years a small team of female agents known as “The Sisterhood” tracked the activities of al-Qaeda but their warnings were ignored until the 9/11 attacks, when all the rules changed + Q&A with Greg NBarker, 7pm, £10/£8, The Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 74798940/ 


Tuesday 25 November

* Nour short film evening, five short films curated by Yasmin El Derby, 7pm, £15/£12, Leighton House Museum, 12 Holland Park Road, W14. Info: 7602 3316

* Syrian Shorts Programme, "personal dramas and thoughtful documentaries from everyday Syrians", 6.20pm, BFI, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1. Info: 7928 3232


Wednesday 26 November

* Excuse My French, comedy about an Egyptian child whose life is turned upside down by the death of his father, the discovery of huge debts and a move to a public school when he is forced to hide being a Christian + Q&A with director Amr Salaman, 7pm, £8/£6, Leighton House Museum, 12 Holland Park Road, W14. Info: 7602 3316

* Libya Hurra, documents director Fritz Ofner’s road trip through Libya during the last weeks of the revolution against Muammar al-Gaddafi’s regime, 7pm, Austrian Cultural Forum, 28 Rutland Gate, SW7. Info: 7225 7300

* I Am Yours, feature about Mina, a 27-year-old actress, second generation Pakistani and single mother of four-year-old Felix. She’s separated from her husband, whom her family adore + Q&A with Amrita Acharia, 8.30pm, Hackney Picturehouse






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

25 NovDocumentary and Verbatim Theatre, Alecky Blythe, Bella and Chris Megson, 2.30–5.30pm, £20/£15

27 Nov, David Hare, Peter Ansorge, Richard Eyre, 10.30am–5pm, £45/£35

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


* State Red, short sharp drama about a mixed race cop, and his black mother, white father and white boyhood friend, which cleverly combines personal family struggle against the need to challenge racism in the Met, £10/£12, Hampstead Theatre, Swiss Cottage, SW3 until 6 December. Info: 7722 9301


* The Collector, a tale of murder, evil and betrayal in occupied Iraq, Arcola Theatre, 24 Ashwin Street, E8, until 22 November. Info: 7503 1646/ Collector


Saturday 22 November

* The Poetry of War and Conflict, day-long workshop, 11am-5pm, £60, Somerset House, Strand, WC2. Info: 7845 4600/


Sunday 23 November

* Benefit for Kurdish Red Crescent, Nabil Abdulrashid, Jeremy Hardy, Nadia Kamil, Tim Key, Josie Long, Mark Thomas, Andy Zaltzman, 7.30pm, £15/£8, Bloomsbury Theatre, Gordon Street, WC1. Info:


Tuesday 25-Sunday 30 November

* Theatre Uncut, playwrights respond to the political situation and make the plays available for anyone to perform, anywhere: each performance here will be followed by Q&A on the issues raised by the plays, 7pm except Sundays 5.30pm, Soho Theatre, Dean Street, W1. Info: Theatre Uncut


Wednesday 26-Saturday 29 November

* Olaudah Equiano, The Enslaved African, fact-based drama, £5/£8/£9/£10,  Sutton House, 2 and 4 Homerton High Street, E9. Info: 8986 2264/






Saturday 22 November

* Natural World: Grizzlies of Alaska, 7pm, BBC4


Sunday 23 November

* The Mekong River with Sue Perkins, 8pm, BBC2

* World's Greatest Food Markets, Mexico City's Central de Abasto - the world's biggest?, 9pm, BBC2


Monday 24 November

* Terror Through Time, Mossad, the Israeli security agency, first of new series, 1.45pm, R4

* Syria: Bread and Bombs, black comedy, 10.45am, 7.45pm, R4

* The Meaning of Mongol, a Mongolian looks at the etymology of trhe word, 8pm, R4

* Crossing Continents: Hunting the Taliban, 8.30pm, R4

* Shared Planet: Mangroves - Putting Nature Back?, 9pm, R4


Tuesday 25 November

* World's Greatest Food Markets, Mexico City's Central de Abasto, 11.20pm, BBC2

* Shared Planet: snapping turtles, 11am, R4

* Terror Through Time, state-sponsored killers, 1.45pm, R4

* The Design Dimension, the history and use of design in protests, 3pm, R4 (see also: Exhibitions - Disobedient Objects)

* Front Row, include a look at a new exhibition - Conflict, Time, Photography (see: Exhibitions)

* Syria: Bread and Bombs, black comedy, 10.45am, 7.45pm, R4

* Afghanistan: The Lessons of War, 8pm, R4


Wednesday 26 November

* The Killing Fields, political thriller set in the time of the Khmer Rouge genocide in Cambodia, 9pm, BBC4

* Terror Through Time, Afghan dawn, 1.45pm, R4

* Syria: Bread and Bombs, black comedy, 10.45am, 7.45pm, R4


Thursday 27 November

* The Mekong River with Sue Perkins, 11.20pm, BBC2

* Crossing Continents: ebola in Liberia, 11am, R4

* Terror Through Time, Sri Lankas' Tamil Tigers, 1.45pm, R4

* Syria: Bread and Bombs, black comedy, 10.45am, 7.45pm, R4


Friday 28 November

* Syria: Bread and Bombs, black comedy, 10.45am, 7.45pm, R4

* Terror Through Time, Northern Ireland, 1.45pm, R4