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Green on the screen

The UK Green Film Festival sponsored by Friends of the Earth is a network of film lovers and green thinkers in more than 20 cinemas across the country.
from Friends of the Earth on Apr 18, 2015.

Nudes fight back against propaganda in China

Sex rears its head at the beginning and end of the absorbing 'Chinese Photobook' exhibition at the Photographer’s Gallery and is firmly squashed in the middle section.
from Daniel Nelson on Apr 18, 2015.

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* Immigration seems to have been temporarily eclipsed in election campaigning by the NHS, personal attacks and by a bidding war as the two big parties try to out-offer their way into office, but the Southbank Centre is launching a big exhibition on the topic, Adopting Britain, 70 Years of Migration, and is also offering a performance of Immigrant Diaries, in which Sajeela Kershi, Nikki Bedi, Kristiane Backer, Dave Cohen, Aziz Ibrahim, Daniel Taylor and Inder Manocha share their experiences.


* Also on stage, Behind the Beautiful Forevers continues its run at the National Theatre: it is based on Katherine Boo's book about a group of residents in a Mumbai shantytown. The Gate Theatre follows up its recent play about Zimbabwe with Eclipsed, set in a rebel army base in Liberia where four young women are doing their best to survive the conditions of the war - until they are joined by two newcomers, one who can read, and an old one, who can kill. The Soho Theatre is staging Anders Lustgarten's second play in a month -  Lampedusa, in which he makes connections between a man pulling bodies out of the Mediterranean and a payday loan collector in Britain. 


* Below, right: Adopting Britain: 70 Years of Migration focuses on the stories of the many different communities that have made Britain their home, from those who came for work or for love, to those who have sought asylum, fleeing persecution or war in their own countries: from 17 April

Adopting Britain

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Monday 20 April
* Mark Thomas presents The People’s Magna Carta Part 1, 6.30pm, £10/£7, British Library, Euston Road, NW1. Info: (0)7 546546(0)7 546546/ Mark Thomas Magna Carta
* Fashion Revolution Day: Who Made My Clothes, discussion with Michael Gidney, Safia Minney and Sarah Ditty, 7-8.30pm,  £10/£8, Somerset House, Strand, WC2. Info: 7845 4600/


Tuesday 21 April
* Whose story is it anyway?, Nadifa Mohamed, Chris Cleave, Zodwa Nyoni, Tim Finch discuss the representation of refugees in novels and plays, 7:30pm, £5, RichMix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, E1
* How do you solve a problem like the rich?, Owen Jones, Ben Judah, Helen Lewis, William Cash, 7.15pm, £12/£10 con, Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, WC1. Info: Booking
* Continental loss: the quest to determine Antarctica’s contribution to sea-level change, Matt A King, 6.30-7.30pm, The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, SW1. Info: 7451 2500
* Brazil’s Water Crisis: A Case of Rain or Rainforests?, Sue Cunningham, Rogerio Simoes, Nixiwaka Yawanawa, Friederike Otto, 7pm, £12.50, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 74798940/


Wednesday 22 April
* Say no to old coal and destructive biomass, 11am-1pm, Drax Plc's AGM, Grocers’ Hall, Princes Street, EC2. Info:
* Freeing the Arctic Thirty, Ben Stewart, Frank Hewetson and Alex Harris, 7-8.30pm, £15, Kings Place, York Way, N1. Info: Info: 0330 333 6898
* Gun Baby Gun: A Bloody Journey into the World of the Gun, Iain Overton, 7pm, £12.50, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 74798940/


Monday 27 April
Saudi Arabia: A Kingdom in Peril?, panel discussion, 7pm, £12.50, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 74798940/


Monday 27-Tuesday 28 April
* Designing the development agency of the future, Overseas Development Institute, 203 Blackfriars Road, SE1. Info: 7922 0300/
* After the Election: A Debate, Paul Myerscough, Aaron Bastani, Jeremy Gilbert and Zoe Williams, 7pm, £10, London Review Bookshop, 4 Bury Place, WC1. Info: 7269 9030

Tuesday 28 April
* Farewell Kabul, Christina Lamb on two decades of reporting from Afghanistan, 7pm, £12.50, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 74798940/
* Women in Conflict: violence, injustice and power, Helen Benedict, Katherine Brown, Marsha Henry, 6.30pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info: 7955 7553
* Sleeping On Jupiter, Anuradha Roy launches her new book, 6.30pm, £10/£8/£6, Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street, W1. Info: 307 5454/








* Adopting Britain, 70 Years of Migration, free, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1, until 6 September. Info: 7960 4200


* The Chinese Photobook, exhibition on the largely unexplored history of photobook publishing in China, from 1900 to 2014, Photographers' Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies Street, W1, until 5 July. Info: 7087 9300/

+ Nudes fight back against propaganda in China


* Deutsche Börse, annual photography prize finalists, including Zanele Muholi's tender, unflinching portraits and testimonies of the South African LGBTI community, and Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse's collaborative ‘photo/graphic’ album of images and text on the history of a once elite, now abandoned high-rise apartment block in Johannesburg, Photographers' Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies Street, W1, until 7 June. Info: 7087 9300/

+ 28 May, award ceremony


* My Home, My Farm, photos taken by farmers struggling to survive in rural Ghana, Kahaila café, 135 Brick Lane, E1, until 5 May


* Skate Girls of Kabul, Jessica Fulford-Dobson's photographs of skateboarding schoolgirls in Afghanistan, Saatchi Gallery, The Duke of York's HQ, Kings Road, SW3, until 28 April. Info:


* Majajani, Chila Kumari Burman’s images of contemporary Asian Feminisms, Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, until 30 April. Info: 7613 7498/


Thinking Chinese Exhibition, Chinese-British history and exchange of ideas, free, until 12 May, University College London, WC1. Info: 7679 2540


* Coral Reefs, Secret Cities of the Sea, £10/ £4.50, Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7, until 13 September. Info: 7942 5000


* Life Is A Time-Based Medium, Diana Thater's vidio installation shot at India's Galtaji Temple, free, Hauser & Wirth, W1, until 16 May. Info: 7287 2300


* Outsiders in London. Are you one, too?, 40 individuals who have perceived themselves as ‘out,siders’, St Martin-in-the-Fields, WC2, until 8 May. Info: 7766 1100


In Black and White: Prints and Posters From Africa and the Diaspora, free, V&A, South Kensington, until 6 July. Info: 7942 2000


* Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience, 1950s–1990s,  photographs drawn from the V&A’s collection,  part of the Staying Power project to increase the number of Black British photographers and images of Black people in Britain, Black Cultural Archives, 1 Windrush Square, SW2, until 24 May. Info: 3757 8500/

+ The black experience: portraits of a community


The William Morris Family Album, a Morris-inspired photographic exhibition by Turner Prize nominee Yinka Shonibare that encourages viewers to reflect on Morris’ political views by connecting his socialist ideals with the history of Empire, 10am-5pm Wednesday to Sunday, free, William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park House, 531 Forest Road, E17, until 7 June. Info: 8496 4390


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


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:


* 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 22 April
* Looks, group exhibition including work by Juliette Bonneviot, Andrea Crespo, Morag Keil, Wu Tsang and Stewart Uoo exploring the ways mass digital culture informs how identity is constructed, performed and challenged, ICA, 12 Calton House Terrace, SW1, until 21 June. Info:  7930 3647


from 23 April

* Indigenous Australians, British Museum, WC1, until 2 August. Info:


from 24 April

* The Dangerous Frontier, Laila Essaydi challenges Western representations of Arab female identity, free, Kashya Hildebrand, 22 Eastcastle Street, W1, until 6 June. Info: 73588 1195

+ 23 April, panel discussion, 6-8pm

* Sony World Photography Awards, £6.50-£8.50, Somerset House, The Strand, until 10 May. Info: 7845 4600


Image: In Between Worlds, an opera inspired by the events of 9/11, a disparate group of individuals is trapped high up in one of the Twin Towers, caught between earth and heaven, life and death.

Freedom Tower






* Drone, investigates the human consequences of the covert CIA drone war, ICA, The Mall, SW1, until 21 April. Info:

+ 'Drones have changed everything'


* Good Kill, feature about a US drone pilot increasingly anxious about his work, Shoreditch Aubin


Sunday 19 April
* Mongolian Treasures: Before Rising Up the Rank/ Remote Control/ Yellow Colt, rare showcase of new and old films from Mongolia, 2-9pm, Cinema Museum, 2 Dugard Way London, SE11. Info: 7840 2200
Rosewater, based on inclident involving journalist and filmmaker Maziar Bahari who was arrested on false charges while covering the elections in Iran and held in Evin prison + Q&A with Banari, 3pm, £15, Tricycle Theatre, 269 Kilburn High Road, NW6. Info:


Tuesday 21 April
* The Emperor's New Clothes, comedian Russell Brand joins forces with director Michael Winterbottom on a polemical documentary about the financial crisis and gross inequality + satellite Q&A with Russell Brand, 6.45pm, Curzons Victoria, Bloomsbury, Richmond


Tuesday 21-Wednesday 22 April
Rock The Casbah, set in 1989 during the first Intifada, the film follows four solders assigned to a rooftop in the midst of the local Palestinian town, JW3


Wednesday 22 April   
* Haunted (Maskoon), documentary by Syrian director Liwaa Yazji about Syrian people’s relationship with their homes during the war,  7.30pm, £6.50, The Mosaic Rooms, Tower House, 226 Cromwell Road, SW5. Info: 7370 9990


Thursday 23 April
* Uyghurs, Prisoners of the Absurd, documentary that tells the story of 22 Uygher men from China’s Xinjiang province who escaped to Afghanistan where they were captured, sold and then imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay as terrorists, £12.50/£10, Curzon Bloomsbury
* 37 IUses For A Dead Sheep, mixing ethnographic and authored documentary forms, this film is a unique record of the Kirghiz people stuggling to adapt to their new surroundings and modern life + director Ben Hopkins Q&A, 3pm, £8/£5, Curzon Bloomsbury, The Brunswick, WC1. Info:


Saturday 25 April
* Night Will Fall, tthe story, through original footage and eyewitness testimony, of Sidney Bernstein’s film (screened on 26 April) and reveals the unimaginable devastation that greeted the liberating troops + director Q&A, 3.30pm, £9/£7, Bertha DocHouse, Curzon Bloomsbury, The Brunswick, WC1. Info:





* Lampedusa, one man’s job is to pull bodies out of the Mediterranean; while in the UK a payday loan collector tramps from door to door hearing complaints about immigration and the jobs crisis, the latest offering from Britain's most prolific political playwright, Anders Lustgarten, £10/£16, Soho Theatre, Dean Street, W1, until 26 April. Info: 7478 0100

+ A glimpse of hope in a sea of sorrows

+ Lampedusa: a punch in the face for a disgraceful migration policy?

+ Lampedusa facts



* Between Worlds, opera based on the attack on the World Trade Centre on 9/11, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2, until 25 April. Info: 7638 8891

+ How can you make an opera about 9/11?



from Monday 20 April

* Stand, real-life stories of courage and conscience from ordinary people who stood up for something, or someone, they believed in,£15/£12, Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, SW11, until 9 May. Info: 7223 2223/ 


from Tuesday 21 April

* I Wish To Die Singing - Voices From the Armenian Genocide, documentary drama, Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, SW10, until 16 May. Info:


from 22 April
* Cuckooed, comedian and activist Mark Thomas brilliant re-telling of the true story of how he discovered his close friend was spying on him for Britain's biggest arms dealer - revealing, riveting, funny and thought-provoking, 8pm, £15/£12, Four Thieves, 51 Lavender Gardens, SW11. Info: 7223 2223
+ Thomas exposes the corporate spy cuckoo in the campaigners' nest


from Thursday 23 April
* Eclipsed, at a rebel army base in Liberia four young women are doing their best to survive the conditions of the war but sometimes the greatest threat comes not from the enemy’s guns, but from the brutality of those on your own side, Gate Theatre, 11 Pembridge Road, W11, until 16 May Info: 7229 0706


Friday 24 April
* Immigrant Diaries, comedians and entertainers share their stories of immigration, Sajeela Kershi, Nikki Bedi, Kristiane Backer, Dave Cohen, Aziz Ibrahim, Daniel Taylor, Inder Manocha, 8.30pm, £10, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank centre, Belvedere Road. Info: 7960 4200


Friday 24-Thursday 30 April
* Whip it Good: Spinning from History's Filthy Mind, retraces the footsteps of colonialism and maps the contemporary reverberations of the triangular slave trade via a series of performances, 7pm, that will result in a body of new ‘action’ paintings seven evening performances in the gallery followed by a seven-week exhibition by Danish-Trinidadian artist Jeannette Ehlers, free, Rivington Place, EC2. Info: 7749 1240
+ 7 May–20 June, Exhibition of action paintings based on the performances





Monday 20 April
* The Mekong With Sue Perkins, 7pm, BBC2
* Slow Train Through Africa With Griff Rhys Jones, this time it's East Africa, 11.20pm, ITV
* The Digital Human, 4.30pm, R4
* Crossing Continents, 9.30pm, R4

Tuesday 21 April
* The Cannabis Smugglers: Stacey Dooley Investigates, this time it's East Africa, 9pm, BBC3
* The Mekong With Sue Perkins, 7pm, BBC2
* Costing the Earth, 3.30pm, R4

Wednesday 22 April
* World's Richest Terror Army, how IS became rich, 9pm, BBC2
* The Mekong With Sue Perkins, 7pm, BBC2
* The Cannabis Smugglers: Stacey Dooley Investigates, this time it's East Africa, 1am, BBC3
* Costing the Earth, 39pm, R4

Thursday 23 April
* The Mekong With Sue Perkins, 7pm, BBC2
* Wild China, 10pm, BBC4
* Crossing Continents, 11am, R4

Friday 24 April
* Unreported World, the outstanding reportage programme continues, with a piece on a Cambodian reality show with an extraordinary ending, 7.30pm, C4
* Slow Train Through Africa With Griff Rhys Jones, Zambia and Zimbabwre, 11.20pm, ITV
* Macau - Monte Carlo of the Orient, 11am, R4