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Pick your way through the London Film Festival programme

With 242 features and countless shorts, it's hard to pick your way through the London Film Festival. Here are the main full-length features from Africa, Asia and Latin America.
from Daniel Nelson on Sep 15, 2017.

The Oslo agreement: when the personal became political

The lad next to me was bored out of his mind by 'Oslo': he ate all his noisily-unwrapped treats within five minutes, stretched listlessly, put his head in his hands, looked at the ceiling and left at the first opportunity.
from Daniel Nelson on Sep 24, 2017.

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*  The Art Not Oil coalition is claiming fresh successes in its campaign against oil sponsorship of the arts in the UK . It says:

The winner of the BP Young Artist award, Henry Christian-Slane, shunned BP's sponsorship of the National Portrait Gallery by donating £1,000 of his prize money to Greenpeace. He described it as a "symbolic" act in protest against his art being used to promote the oil company.

+ It prompted The Guardian's chief arts critic Jonathan Jones wrote an op-ed where he came out against oil sponsorship -  having supported it for years.

+ Culture Unstained also responded to the story with a letter published in The Guardian laying out how BP's ties to regimes that violate human rights breaches the Gallery's own ethical fundraising policy.

* "Actor-vists"  impersonated BP staff and exposed the truth at opening of British Museum's latest blockbuster exhibition.

* The Times cut mention of BP protest from its exhibition review - after publication.

* Under pressure, the RSC published its new sposnorship policy on its website - but Culture Unstained described it as vague and woolly.



* The organisers of Art the Arms Fair, a unique art exhibition set-up in opposition to the international arms fair in East London, have raised £205,000 from the auction of a drawing by Banksy, Civillian Drone Strike.It shows drones destroying a children’s drawing of a house. The money will be split between Campaign Against Arms Trade and Reprieve.


Andrew Smith of CAAT described the fair as "a moral abomination. It thrives on dodgy deals and secrecy - regardless of the consequences. If the government is determined to keep ignoring serious accusations of war crimes, as well as terrible repression and UK public opinion, then we need to take action. This money will be used to ensure we mobilise even more people against the immoral activities of arms companies, and against the next arms fair, so that we can stop it from happening. It’s time to shut it down for good.”

Behrouz Boochani, an inmate of the Manus prison camp run by the Australian government in Papua New Guinea and co-director of Chauka, Please Tell Us the Time, has been unable to get a visa to attend a screening of his film at the London Film Festival in October. It's the second barrier he has faced: the Australian government previously refused to allow him to attend the premiere in Sydney.


"I am asking you to give me a visa to attend the London Film Festival," says his letter to High Commissioner Menna Rawlings.  "I have been here in this prison camp for more than four years, even though I have committed no crime, and I am kept here by the Australian Government who exiled me by force." 


In response, Festival director Clare Stewart has said that the festival welcomes any filmmaker wishing to support their film in the festival and fully supports human rights and freedom of speech: "Chauka is an exceptional documentary filmed inside the Manus Island detention centre first-hand by Boochani who is detained there. It reveals much about his own experience as well as that of other detainees. It also questions the impact of the detention centre on Manus Island itself, through testimony from members of the local community. It is brave, thoughtful and urgent filmmaking and has earned its selection in our documentary competition in a very strong year for documentaries." 


Another topically controversial film at the festival is The Venerable W., a documentary about a Buddhist monk in Myanmar "espousing anti-Muslim hatred ... a frighteningly resonant account of racist and nationalist rhetoric leading to horrendous violence".



* The London International Film Festival in October is already in the news, with Australia refusing to allow the director of the documentary,  Chauka, Please Tell Us The Time (below, right), to travel to the UK for the screening.

Chauka, Please Tell Us The Time


* Playwrights from Argentina, Chile and Syria are among those featured in a season of new work at the Royal Court in Sloane Square. They include Lola Arias' extraordinary Minefieldin which six Falklands/Malvinas war veterans who once faced each other across a battlefield face each other across a stage, sharing memories, films, songs and photos as they recall their collective war and embody the political figures that led them into it.

Syrian playwright and documentary filmmaker Llwaa Yazji's Goats is set In a small Syrian town where soldiers are celebrated as heroes and grieving families are nourished on propaganda. As the coffins pile up, the local party leader decides on a radical compensation scheme: a goat for each son martyred. The New Yorker magazine described Chilean playwright Guillermo Calderón’ as "an authentic genius of the theatre", and his play, B, is part of the season: "Alejandra and Marcela are planting bombs in the middle of the night.They don’t want violence. They just want to be heard. Prison’s not much of a threat when most of your friends are inside. But José Miguel is from another generation, and he’s committed to change by any means possible."

* After a month's closure, the Museum of Migration has re-opened with No Turning Back: Seven Migration Moments that Changed Britain.



Photo: A day-long hackathon looking at how bots can be used to spread the message of peace (below, right) is part of International Alert's forthcoming Talking Peace Festival, "a global arts and cultural platform designed to engage people in the most urgent issues of peace and conflict around the world."

  Bots for Peace

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Tw: @EventsNelson










Monday 25 September

* What ISIS in Libya tells us about the changing terrorist threat, Alia Brahimi, 6.45pm, £3/£2, Friends of Le Monde, 70/77 Cowcross Street, EC1. Info:

* Palestinian human rights defenders, Issa Amro, Farid al-Atrash, Hugh Lanning, Ashira Ramadan, 6.45–8pm, free, Human Rights Action Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, EC2. Info: Eventbrite

* Fintech in Africa: how to scale impact, 6-9, £24, London Business School,  26 Sussex Place, NW1. Info:


Tuesday 26 September

* Ending the Rohingya crisis: what will it take?, Veronique Barbelet, Dennis McNamara, Lilianne Fan, Ro Nay San Lwin, 10-11:30am, free, Overseas Development Institute, 203 Blackfriars Road, SE1. Info: 7922 0300

* The Soft Power of Diasporas, the European Research Council presents the findings from a survey of over 500 interviews with members of diaspora populations, with Tony Barber, Maria Koinova, Dženta Karabegovic, Ben Margulies, 7pm, £12.50/£10, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 7479 8940

* The Good Immigrant, one year after publication, three contributors discuss the impact of the collection of of essays by 21 British writers of colour, 7.30pm, £5,  Archway Methodist Church, N19.


Wednesday 27 September

* Can Technology Fix Nigeria?, 6.15-8.30pm, free,  London School of Economics, 54 Lincoln's Inn Fields, WC2. Info: Eventbrite

* How are we changing humanitarian action?, András Derzsi-Horváth, Sir Brendan Gormley, Paul Knox-Clarke, Melissa Pitotti, 3.30-5pm, Overseas Development Institute and streamed online, 203 Blackfriars Road, SE1. Info: 7922 0300/

* What happens when ideas are silenced?, 6:30-8.15pm, £5, Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, EC1, part of #BannedBooksWeek. Info: 7324 2570


Thursday 28 September

* Standing With Salman, Lisa Appignanesi, Melvyn Bragg, Frances D’Souza, Sara Khan, 7-8.30pm, £10/£7, British Library, Euston Road, part of Banned Books Week. Info: (0)1937 546546/

* Doing Business in Latin America – Does Brexit Matter?, conference, 8.30am-1.30pm, Honourable Artillery Company, Armoury House, City House, EC1. Info:

* Mahatma Gandhi for the 21st Century, Satish Kumar, 6.30pm, free, Nehru Centre, 8 South Audley Street, W1. Info: 7491 3567


Thursday 28-Friday 29 September

* Position Nigerian Modernismexamine strategies of cultural independence and reflect on the impact of transnationalism and de-colonisation in art criticism and museum collections, £22/ conc available, Tate Modern, Bankside, SE1. Info: 7887 8888


Friday 29 September

* Financing Development: how the World Bank and other development institutions are meeting global needs, Kristalina Georgieva, 6:30-8pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, EC2. Info: 7405 7686 

* Inequality in China: emotional costs and political risks, Wanning Sun, Bingchun Meng, 6:30pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, EC2. Info: 7405 7686 


Monday 2 October

* Saraba Magazine Launch, Emmanuel Iduma, Irenosen Okojie, Abiola Oni, Ayòbámi Adébáyò (via Skype), 7.15–8.30pm,  £8/ £5,  School of Oriental and African Studies, Russell Square, WC1. Info:  Tickets

* Magazines and Young Women in 20th Century South India, Sneha Krishnan, 5.30pm, free, British Library, 96 Euston Road, NW1. Info: 96 Euston Road, NW1. Info: 01937 546546/

* The Sustainable Development Goals, Myles Wickstead, 6.30-8.30pm, K2.40 King's College, Strand campus. Info: 7836 5454 

* Analyst, Advocate or Activist: how can a scientist support (good) climate policies?, Gavin Schmidt, Leonard Smith, 6:30-8pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info: 7405 7686











* No Turning Back: Seven Migration Moments that Changed Britain, art, photography and personal stories. Contributors include Alex Daw, Andy Barter, Angélica Dass, Deirdre Kelly, Empathy Museum, Hormazd Narielwalla, Leyla Reynolds, Liz Gerard, Majid Adin, Malgosia Stepnik, Nick Ellwood and Kamal Kaan, Rock Against Racism collective members, Rob Pinney, Roman Lokati, Shao-Jie Lin, The Singh Twins and Susan Stockwell; Migration Museum at the Workshop, free, 26 Lambeth High Street, SE1, until 25 February. Info:

+ Migration moments to remember


Somnyama Ngonyama: Hail the Dark Lioness, South African visual activist photographer Zanele Muholi presents her self-portrait series of more than 60 photographs in which she uses her body as a canvas to confront the politics of race and representation in the visual archive, Autograph ABP, Rivington Place, EC2, until 28 October

+ 29 Sept, artist's talk, 6.30-8.30pm

+ 'I'm Scared. But tthis work needs to be shown': Zaneli Muholi's 365 protest photographs 


* Indian Treasures, earliest photographic views of the Subcontinent, free, Getty Images Gallery, 45 Eastcastle Street, W1, until 7 October. Info: 7291 5380/ Exhibition


* Living Histories, recent acquisitions of work on paper by contemporary Arab artists, including many from post-2011 Syria, free, British Museum, Great Russell Street, WC1, until 22 October. Info: 7323 8181/


* Polly Alakija: The Five Cowries Flotilla, outdoor installation of traditional Lagos fishing boats, free, Queens Walk by Tate Modern, Bankside, SE1, until 26 September


* 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


* This is (not) the time to (get up) and walk away, work by Johanna Magdalena Guggenberger after a visit to Karachi that explores migration between high and low culture, Western and Eastern perception of art and social contextualisation, Belmacz, 45 Davies Street, until 28 September. Info: 7629 7863


* Comics and Cartoon Art From the Arab World, free, British Library, Euston Road, NW1, until 29 October.  Info: 0843 208 1144


The Show Has A Long Title That I Don't Recall Any More, Lebanese artist Pascal Hachem "interrogates his experiences of his home city of Beirut", free, The Mosaic Rooms, Tower House, 226 Cromwell Road, SW5, until 2 December. Info: 7370 9990


* 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


* Future Dust, Maria Arceo's large-scale installation aims to visualise the huge amount of plastic collected from 40 locations along the Thames foreshore, on tour to riverside locations across London, 11am-11pm, free, Watermans, 40 High Street, TW8; until 30 Sept: Canary Wharf Pier, E14. Info: Oxo Tower


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


* The City Is Ours, global challenges, local innovations, Museum of London, 150 London Wall, EC2, until 2 January. Info: Exhibition

+ This could have been a slicker city




Photo: No Turning Back at the Migration Museum explores seven turning points in migration to Britain: "Some brought people together, others moved people apart; all had a profound effect on individuals who lived through them – and on the country as a whole. Each moment is explored thematically through a combination of art, photography and personal stories."

No Turning Back









* An Inconvenient Sequel: The Truth To Power, Al Gore's climate change sequel discusses the progress made in tackling climate change and convincing government leaders to invest in renewable energy, Curzon Bloomsbury (until 27 September)


* Raindance Film Festival, features, shorts, WebFest, and VR, until 1 October. Programme includes RiverBlue: Can Fashion Save the Planet?, a journey that uncovers the dark side of the fashion industry; City of Joy, documentary about students at a leadership centre in eastern Congo; I Still Hide To Smoke, Fatima is a hamman masseuse in 1995 Algiers who witnesses a terrorist attack and has difficulty maintaining order; VR documentaries Iranian Kurdish Female Fighters, about the hundreds of Iranian Kurds, many of them women, who have volunteered to defeat IS and fight for a Kurdish homeland, and ¡Viva La Evolución! in which DJ Joyvan Guevara struggles between the recent opportunity for global success and a responsibility to the culture he helped build in the face of commercialisation; social impact VR - Aftershock: Nepal’s Untold Water Story, about a post-'quake plumber, Munduruku: The Fight to Defend the Heart of the Amazon and You Are There. On the Road to Ending Polio, which meets a nine-year-old polio victim and a dedicated vaccinator in a Kenya village.

+ In Another Life, in search of a safer one


* My Pure Land, three rural Pakistani women fight to protect their home from armed invaders, Odeon Panton Street until 28 Sept.


* In Between follows the lives of three independent-minded Israeli-Palestinian women sharing an apartment in Tel Aviv, away from the constraints of their families and tradition + Q&A with director Maysaloun Hamoud, 8:40pm, £8-£12, ICA,; Cine Lumiere, Hackney Picturehouse, Barbican 


* In The Last Days of the City, fictional story of a Cairo filmmaker struggling to depict the soul of a city on the edge while facing loss in his own life, £3/£6, ICA, The Mall, SW1, until 28 September. Info:


Tuesday 26 September

* Almost Heaven, a teenage Chinese mortician who has moved to the city in search of work learns her new trade + Q&A with director Carol Salter, 8.25pm, Phoenix East Finchley


Thursday 28 September

* Almost Heaven, follows 17-year-old Ying Ling, away from home for the first time and training to become a mortician at one of China’s largest funeral homes, 6.30pm, £12.50/£10, Curzon Bloomsbury

* The Sparrow, a police officer and a journalist join up to search for corrupt Egyptian officials who are stealing war weapons in Youssef Chahine's 1972 film, 6.30pm, £10.50, Barbican Cinema 2


Friday 29 September

* South African Experimental Theatre and Filmmakingthree experimental films spanning the 1970s to today with discussion around the birth of subversive theatre and filmmaking during  Apartheid and beyond, 7.30pm, £5/£7 door, The Horse Hospital, Colonnade, WC1. Info: 7833 3644









* Angel, inspired by the story of a female sniper - the Angel of Kobani – who held ISIS in check for over a year in the besieged town of Kobani. It is alleged that she killed 100 extremists, who believe that if they are killed by a woman they cannot enter Paradise, Arcola Theatre, 24 Ashwin Street, E8, until 7 October. Info: 7503 1646/

+ Avenging Angel

+ Henry Nayor: Angel, This Week, interview


* Half Breed, ‘I am that mixed raced kid, like 50/50, on the fence, luke warm, in-between maybe. Trust me, around here I’m about as black as it goes…", Soho Theatre, Dean Street, W1, until 30 September.


Tuesday 26 September

* The Fall, as the statue of colonialist Cecil Rhodes came down at the University of Cape Town, seven students wrote this play, which "goes to the heart of how race, class, gender, power and history's voices intersect", Royal Court, Sloane Square, SW1,  until 14 October. Info:  7565 5000


from Tuesday 26 September

* CASA Latin American Theatre Festival, opens (26-30 Sept, with Otelo, reimagining Shakespeare’s tragedy focused on Desdemona’s murder to explore Latin America’s record of femicide, Southwark Playhouse, 77-85 Newington Causeway, SE1, until 28 October. Info: Playhouse 


from Wednesday 27 September

* What Shadows, drama about Tory politician Enoch Powell's infamous 1968 Rivers of Blood speech, Park Theatre, N4, until 28 October. info: 7870 6876


from Thursday 28 September

* Hijabi Monologues, stories of Muslim women from all over the world – unfiltered and uncensored, Bush Theatre, 7 Uxbridge Road, W12, until 30 September. Info:  8743 5050/

* B, "We used to kill kings. We used to kill millionaires. And now all we do is make threats on the Internet. That’s why I’m offering you the chance to start a war", by Chilean playwiright Guillermo Calderón, Royal Court, Sloane Square, SW1, until 21 October. Info: 7565 5000/

* An Evening With An Immigrant, Inua Ellams had a Muslim father and a Christian mother in Boko Haram territory, moved to UK aged 12, then Ireland before returning to London as a writer and graphic designer, Tricycle, NW6, until 29 September. Info: 7328 1000

* Girls, Theresa Okoko's story of three friends kidnapped in Nigeria, £18/£15, The Mix, Walthamstow Town Square Gardens, E17, until 7 October. Info: High Tide Festival

* Borderline, Jungle comedy created by 13 refugees and European performers + Q&A, £13/£10, The Cockpit, Gateforth Street, NW8


from Friday 29 September

* My Name is Rachel Corrie, in March 2003 Rachel Corrie stands between a Palestinian house and an armoured bulldozer, £15/£20, Young Vic, The Cut, until 21 October. Info: 7922 2922/

* Child of the Divide, amid the violent political upheaval of Partition young Pali’s fingers slip from his father’s hand and he is taken in by a Muslim family, given a new name, a new faith and a new life - but then his father returns to claim him, Polka Theatre, 240 The Broadway, SW19, until 15 October. Info:  8543 4888/


Saturday 30 September

* (Un)covered, dance artist Zosia Jo explores her experiences of living in Egypt and the UK, the prejudice she encountered in both places and within herself, 7.30-9pm, Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, E1. Info: 7613 7498/

from Saturday 30 September

* Latinx Feminist Festival, free series of feminist talks, workshops and events in Spanish, Portuguese and English, Feminist Library, 5a Westminster Bridge Road, SE1, until 4 November. 30 Sept, launch party, 1-5pm; 7 Oct, Brazilian film + discussion, 6pm; 21 Oct, Feminist Crafternoon, 2-5pm; 28 Oct, Peruvian film, 2-5pm; 4 Nov, Latinx History Walk, 12-3pm. Info: 7261 0879/  









Monday 25 September

* The Vietnam War, first of 10-part doc series, 9pm, BBC4

* World's Busiest Cities: Delhi, 11.45pm, BBC2

* Crossing Continents: Panama's Vanishing Islands, 8.30pm, R4

* Natural Histories: Baobab, 9pm, R4

Tuesday 26 September

* Reggie Yates: The Insider, Ghana, to visit one of the world's biggest e-waste dumps, 10.45pm, BBC1

* Jerusalem: the making of a Holy City, 10pm, BBC4

* Drama: Lights, Camera, Kidnap!, based on the true story of North Korea's kidnap of two South Korean filmmakers, 2.15pm, R4

* Costing the Earth: Guardians of the Environment?, 3.30pm, R4

Wednesday 27 September

* Unreliable Evidence: The Law and Climate Change, 8pm, R4

* Costing the Earth, 9pm, R4 

Thursday 28 September

* From Our Own Correspondent, 11am, R4

Friday 29 September

* Unreported World, Western pop in China, 7.30pm, C4