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When work has no borders, what’s the cost?

When work has no borders, what’s the cost? A powerful and disturbing drama about globalisation and its far-reaching effects on our lives.
from Arcola on Mar 22, 2017.

Neruda’s escape pits poetry against authority

'Neruda', a biopic about the Nobel Prize-winning Chilean novelist, is a Marmite film – you’ll probably either love or hate it.
from Daniel Nelson on Mar 21, 2017.

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* Welcome back to the Bush Theatre, which has reopened after a year-long redevelopment.The plays in its return season include Guards At The Taj, set in India in 1648 as the Taj Mahal nears completion. 

+ Bush Theatre boss Madani Younis: 'I want to provoke culture'.


* After the Human Rights Watch Film Festival and the London Asian Film Festival it's the turn of the BFI Flare, "London's LGBT Film Festival"; the BBC Arabic Festival, which screens - for free - "short films and documentaries about the dramatic social and political changes taking place in the Arab world today"; and the Essay Film Festival at the ICA, which  "engages critically with the forms of cinema and at the same time casts a critical eye on the world that cinema inhabits". Next month sees India on film: Bollywood 2.0, a celebration of Indian filmmaking and films about India – from Bollywood to Tollywood (home of Telugu and Bengali cinema) – in cinemas and online. 


Viceroy's House is a costume drama of modest ambition set in the Mountbattens' household in 1947 Delhi, as Indian independence and partition are about to occur, that will benefit from a controversy over whether it is anti-colonial and unhistoric or a film that "far from ignoring the freedom struggle, celebrates it". Fatima Bhutto on Viceroy’s House: ‘I watched this servile pantomime and wept’ versus  Gurinder Chadha: My film has been wilfully misrepresented as anti-Muslim'.


* Later this month Why It’s Kicking Off Everywhere is a play about revolution that traces how we got from the optimism of the Arab Spring and the origins of the Occupy Movement to Trump’s election and the present day - through the eyes of BBC Newsnight’s Paul Mason. Audiences will participate throughout the promenade performances. 



Photo, right:  The BBC Arabic Festival screens short films and documentaries about the dramatic social and political changes taking place in the Arab world. The venue is the  art-deco Radio Theatre in central London, and tickets are free.

BBC Arabic Festival  

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Saturday 25 March  

* Global Terrorism: The Peace Movement Response, Ambassador Claus Grube, Humphrey Hawksley, Peter Price, Fiona Macaulay, Makram Khoury-Machool, Vijay Mehta, Uniting for Peace AGM 10:30-11:45am, Spring conference miday-5pm, free, Wesley's Chapel, 49 City Road, EC1. Info: 7791 1717/ 0131 446 9545/ 07760 160 906/


Monday 27 March

* Arms Trade and Counter-Terrorism: Developments in Yemen's Civil War,  7pm, £12.50/£10, Frontline Club, 12 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 7479 8940


Tuesday 28 March

* Migrant detention in the European Union: A Thriving Business, 6-8pm, Pott Street, E2. Info: Event details


Wednesday 29 March

* Does terrorism work?, Richard English, Louise Richardson, 6pm, £12.50/£15, British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, SW1. Info: 7969 5200/ 

*  A new approach to assessing ‘Leave no-one behind’, Mayita Tamangani, Momodou Touray, Olivia Tulloch, 11am-12.30pm, free, Overseas Development Institute, 203 Blackfriars Road, SE1. Info: 7922 0300/

* Refuge: Transforming A Broken Refugee System, Paul Collier and Alexander Betts, 6.30pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2

* Crossing the Mediterranean Sea by Boat: Human Dignity and Biophysical Violence, Vicki Squire, 6-8pm, £10/£5, Birkbeck, Malet Street Main Building, Torrington Square. Info: 7631 6000

* Constituting the Nation, Beyond the Constitution: A South African Future?, Njabulo Ndebele, 11am, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info:


29 Saturday-Sunday 30 April

* The Camel Conference – Camel cultures: historical traditions; Present threats, and future prospects, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info:


Thursday 30 March

* Global Perspectives: How should we think of justice? Lessons from South Sudan, Mahmood Mamdani, 6.30pm, British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, SW1. Info: 7969 5200/

* Towards the elimination of schistosomiasis in Africa, Alan Fenwick,  6pm, Imperial College,  Skempton Building, South Kensington Campus. Info: 


Friday 31 March

* Priority setting in NGOs: Learning across human rights, humanitarianism and conservation, workshop with Dorota Wanat, Ignacio Leon-Garcia, Eddie Game, 9am-7pm, London School of Economics, 20 Kingsway. Info:

* Justice, not revenge, Mahmood Mamdani, 6.30–7.30pm, £12/£8, British Museum, Great Russell Street, WC1. Info: 7370 9990


Friday 31-Saturday 1 April

* Built for Africa: African Solutions to African Problems, Muhammadou Kah, Anas Arameyaw Anas, Lori-Anne Theroux-Benoini, Brenda Mofya, Bukola Ayemi Oyeniyi, Obinna Ukwaniu, Stacey Brewer, Keno Omu, Moses Oketch, Kenneth Simala, Andile Cele, Oluseun Onigbinde, Chude Jideonwo, Awol Allo, Adriano Nuvunga, Joseph Hanlon, Emmanuelle Auriol, Frederic Lapeyre, Kate Meagher, Rahul Oka, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2.: Info: Conference


Saturday 1 April

* English PEN Modern Literature Festival 2017, writers perform new works created in solidarity with some of the people supported by PEN’s Writers at Risk Programme, 2pm, 4pm, 7.30pm, free, Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, E1. Info: PEN event  


Monday 3 April

* How Networks Can Change the World, Anne-Marie Slaughter, 7pm, £30/£15, Emmanuel Centre, Marsham Street, SW1.Info: Tickets

* Mapping Colonialism: The Work of ‘De-Colonizer’ in Israel, 7.30pm, Duke Street Church, Duke Street, Richmond. Info: 7700 6192/










Incoming, using an advanced thermographic weapons and border imaging technology that can see beyond 30 kilometres, registering a heat signature of relative temperature difference, Richard Mosse’s artwork is about the refugee crisis unfolding in the Aegean Sea, off the coast of Libya, in Syria, the Sahara, the Persian Gulf, and elsewhere, free, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2, until 23 April. Info: 7638 4141

+ Weapon turned into a witness to highlight the plight of migrants


Making Jamaica: Photography from the 1890s, the history of how the images of modern Jamaica as a tourist destination – and tropical commodity – was created through photography, Autograph ABNP, Rivington Street, until 18 April. Info: 7739 7855

+ Jamaica's 19th century makeover


Syngenta Photography Award, 92 images, 43 photographers, 22 countries on the theme 'Grow-Conserve', free, Somerset House, Aldwych, WC2, until 28 March. Info: Syngenta Award

+ The whole picture?

+ The exhibition online


Child's Play, Mark Neville's photographs about the right to play includes images from refugeecamps and war zones, The Foundling Museum, WC1, until 30 April


Wildlife Photographer of the Year, the best of 50,00 entries from 95 countries, Natural History Museum, South Kensington, until 10 September. Info: 7942 5000/

+ Wildlife photography judges bark up the right tree


* Afghanistan: Reflections on Helmand, examines the British arrival in 2006 and the decisions that shaped the way the conflict escalated, exploring the impact on those who were there and the lessons learned, Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, SE1, until 26 November. Info: 7416 5000


* From Amazon to Africa: Celebrating 30 Years of the Gaia Foundation, film, photography and ethnographic artifacts, Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, EC1, until 30 April. Info: 7324 2570/


* Edmund Clark: War of Terror, the artist-photographer's work on hidden aspects of state control during the "Global War on Terror", free, Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, SE1, until 28 August. Info: 7416 5000


Bright Young Tings, photographs by Michael Mayhew and a new artwork by Cherelle Sappleton, "a rare snapshot of the work developed by black theatre practitioners between 1979 and 1982", Lyttelton Lounge, National Theatre, until 15 April. Info:


* Rapid Response Collecting, tiny but fascinating exhbit of new acquisitions that ranges from a Ghanaian "power bank phone" to shoes that show Western designers' belated realisation that the pink colour 'nude' did not apply to all the world's population, free, Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road

+ Burkinis and bullets at the V&A


London, Sugar & Slavery , permanent gallery at the Museum of Docklands, No 1 Warehouse, West India Quay, E14. Info:


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


* Making Nature: How we see animals, free, Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, NW1, until 21 May. Info:


* People Power: Fighting for Peace, exploration of how peace movements have influenced perceptions of war and conflict from the First World War to the present day, £10/£5/£7, Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, SE1, until 28 August. Info: 7416 5000/ 

+ People Power



from Monday 27 March

* Double Take, Lebanese artist Akram Zaatari presents portraits from the studio of Hashem el Madani in which two people of the same sex kiss or embrace, exploring their specific cultural and political histories, free, National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, WC2, until 3 September. Info: 7306 0055


from Tuesday 28 March

* Morgenland, Elger Esser's large format photos taken while travelling in Egypt, Israel and Lebanon, Parasol Unit, 14 Wharf Road, N1 until 21 May. Info:  7490 7373 /


from Wednesday 29 March

* Launch of refugee welcom guide, Lord Dubbs, Stella Creasy MP, Nick Cole, 6pm, St Ethelburgers Centre for Reconciliation and Peace, 78 Bishopsgate, EC2. Info: Eventbrite8964 4815/

* Refugees: German Contribution to 20th Century British Art, free, Ben Uri Gallery, 108A Boundary Road, NW8, until 4 June. Info:

* Selected Works by Eva Frankfurther (1930–1959), ‘West Indian, Irish, Cypriot and Pakistani immigrants, English whom the Welfare State had passed by, these were the people amongst whom I lived and made some of my best friends”, free, Ben Uri Gallery, 108A Boundary Road, NW8, until 18 June. Info:



* Image, below right: Richard Mosse's exhibition, Incoming, is at the Barbican: "I am European. I am complicit. I wanted to foreground this perspective in a way, to try to see refugees and illegal immigrants as our governments see them. I wanted to enter into that logic in order to create an image that reveals it. So I chose to represent these stories, really a journey or series of journeys, using an ambivalent and perhaps sinister new European weapons camera technology. The camera is intrusive of individual privacy, yet the imagery that this technology produces is so dehumanised – the person literally glows – that the medium anonymizes."

Venice Biennale: Irish Pavilion








* Viceroy's House, intrigue and gossip in Lord Mountbatten's household in 1947 Delhi, Barbican, Cineworld Fulham Road,  Curzon Mayfair, Cineworld Fulham Road, Cineworld Haymarket, Odeon Panton Street, Barnes Olympic Studios, Finchley Road JW3, Greenwich Picturehouse, Wimbledon HMV Curzon,

+ Fatima Bhutto: 'I watched this servile pantiomime and wept'

+ Gurinder Chadha: My film has been wilfully misrepresented as anti-Muslim


* BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival. Programme includes 26 Mar, Out Run, political wannabes start the world's first LGBT political party in The Philippines; Out of Iraq, two soldiers fall in love during the Iraq war and when one leaves for the US the other decides to follow


* BBC Arabic Festival, short films and documentaries about the dramatic social and political changes taking place in the Arab world today, free, Broadcasting House, W1, until 30 March. Info: Festival


* Essay Film Festival, programme includes Le Moulin, the cultural and political history of Taiwan under Japanese colonial rule through the prism of dissenting artists and poets; Jocelyne Saab's Beirut trilogy, shot in the 1970s and '80s, which documents the destruction wrought by war and the resilience of the city's citizens, Tongpan restages the debates between peasants and intellectuals about a controversial  dam in 1970s Thailand; Perfidious Albion assesses Britain’s historical reputation for treachery; FilmFarsi, "the cinema of a nation [Iran under the Shah][ with a split personbality"; ICA, Birkbeck Cinema, Goethe Institute, until 1 April. Info: 7930 3647/


Tuesday 28 March

* Portraits of a Search, more than 20,000 people disappeared in Mexico during the war on drugs waged by former President Calderón. Putting a human face on the most harrowing of statistics, the film captures the stories of three mothers as they search for their missing children, followed by Q&A with director Alicia, 7pm, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 7479 8940


Wednesday 29 March

* Sea Tomorrow, the disappearance of the Aral Sea is one of the most disastrous human-caused catastrophes in world history. It was once among the four largest lakes on the planet covering an area of over 26,000 square miles, but decades of over reliance on its tributaries for agriculture has turned it into an arid wasteland, 6.30pm, £8, Picturehouse Central


Thursday 30 March

* Neruda, biopic mixing fact and fiction, as the fleeing Chilean poet is pursued by a detective for his communist leanings, 6.30pm, £12, Institut français, 17 Queensberry Place, SW7. Info: 7871 3515/

+ Neruda's escape pits poetry against authority


Friday 31 March

* Tickling Giants, in the midst of the Egyptian Arab Spring, heart surgeon Bassem Youssef decides to become a full-time comedian and his weekly programme quickly becomes the most viewed television program in the Middle East. His problems are just beginning, 6.30pm, £9/£7, Curzon Bloomsbury

+ Egyptian comedy straight from the heart


from Friday 31 March

* Fear Eats the Soul, superb early Fassbinder feature about an elderly woman who walks into an immigrants bar and starts a relationship with a handsome young Moroccan, Brtish Film Institute, Belvedere Road, SE1, until 13 April. Info: 7928 3232 


Saturday 1 April

* Jean Rouch: West African Rituals, + introduced by Travis Miles, 6.15pm, £8.80-£12.10, BFI, Belvedere Road, SE1. Info. 7928 3232


Sunday 2 April

* Sembene, fascinating documentary about “the father of African cinema”, 4pm, 7.30pm, £7.88, Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Town Hall Approach Road, Tottenham Green, N15. Info: Tickets

+ Moving portrait of the father of African film

* Moi, un Noir (Me, a Black Man), ‘ethnofiction’ documenting a week in the lives of immigrants in an Ivorian slum, 3.50pm, £8.80-£12.10, BFI, Belvedere Road, SE1. Info: 7928 3232

* Black Girl, Ousmane Sembène’s film adopts an African perspective as a young Senegalese woman takes a job with a French family, 5.50pm, £8.80-£12.10, BFI, Belvedere Road, SE1. Info: 7928 3232


from Monday 3 April

* India on film: Bollywood 2.0, celebration of Indian filmmaking and films about India – from Bollywood to Tollywood (home of Telugu and Bengali cinema) – in cinemas and online. Programme includes previews of new films, independent cinema, restorations of classic titles, and opportunities to meet stars and filmmakers, BFI, Belvedere Road, SE1. Info: BFI

+ India on film

* Neruda, biopic mixing fact and fiction, on the Chilean poet who was pursued by a detective for his communist leanings, 6.15pm, £12-£16.50, BFI, Belvedere Road, SE1. Info: 7928 3232

+ Neruda's escape pits poetry against authority










* Made in India, three women meet in a surrogacy clinic in Gujarat, Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, W1, until 25 March. Info: 7478 0100


* Black Lives, Black Words, series of short plays responding to the campaign to ask ‘Do black lives matter today?, Bush Theatre, 7 Uxbridge Road, W12, until 25 March. Info: 8743 5050/  https://www.bushtheatre/ 


Saturday 25 March

* An Evening with an Immigrant, Inua Ellams, £15.50, Tara Theatre, 356 Garratt Lane, SW18. Info: 8333 4457

+ The Good Immigrant Off The Page, post-show event curated by Vera Chok, with readings from The Good Immigrant, and guest artist responses, 9.15pm, £5 or free with a ticket to Ellams' show

* Anger, an experimental performance about the political landscape we face today and the way society deals with it, £10, Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, E1. Info:  Booking


Tuesday 28-Thursday 30 March 

* Why It’s Kicking Off Everywhere,  a story of the networked generation traces how we got from the optimism of the Arab Spring and the origins of the Occupy Movement to Trump’s election and the present day, through the eyes of BBC Newsnight's Paul Mason, with audience participation, Young Vic, The Cut, SE1. Info:


Thursday 30 March

* The Diary Of A Hounslow Girl, coming of age account of a teenage British Muslim, £12/£10, Artsdepot, 5 Nether Street, N12. Info; 8369 5454


from Tuesday 4 April

* Expensive Shit, an all-female Black cast star in Afrobeat-filled exploration of female empowerment, moving from modern day Glasgow to Fela Kuti’s Shrine club in 1980s Nigeria, Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, W1, until 22 April. Info:  7478 0100









Slim pickings this week for coverage of people, events and issues in Africa, Asia and Latin America



Tuesday 28 March

* Costing the Earth: Unfrozen North, 3.30pm, R4


Wednesday 29 March

Costing the Earth, 9pm, R4

Thursday 30 March

* Galapagos, wildlife, 9pm, BBC1

* Natural World, 11pm, BBC4

* Crossing Continents, 11am, R4

* Architectural Links Between Letchworth and New Delhi, 10.45pm, R3


Friday 31 March

* Unreported World, why has Aung San Suu Kyi been such a disappointment in Myanmar?, 7.30pm, C4