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Bangladesh independence war: survivors' tales

'Birangona: Women of War' highlights the stories of the female survivors of Bangladesh's 1971 liberation war during which over 200,000 women were raped and tortured
from Komola Collective on Apr 16, 2014.

Bitter onions for a sweet land

'Oh My Sweet Land' is a road trip to Syria taken by a woman who never leaves her kitchen.
by Daniel on Apr 16, 2014.

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* Coming up on screen: some interesting one-offs, including Syria - Snapshots of History in the MakingAleppo. Notes From the DarkFlying Paper, which documents an attempt by children in the Gaza Strip to break the world record for the most kites ever flown; Alone, a documentary about three sisters in a remote Chinese village; and Abu Haraz, a doc filmed over several years about a desert village affected by construction of a large dam on the Nile.


Rwanda in Photographs: Death Then, Life Now, at Somerset House until 30 April

* Right: Andrew Esiebo's picture from the exhibition Rwanda in Photographs: Death Then, Life Now, which is at Somerset House until the end of the month.


* On stage, Oh My Sweet Land tackles the topic of Syrian refugees, and Birangona: Women of War, a 55-minute presentation takes on the subject of the 200,000 women who were raped during Bangladesh's fight for independence. There's also Privacy, about the digital age and the implications of government possession of so much information about us. These productions are followed later in the month by My Name Is … , a new play about a daughter who disappears from her Scottish home, apparently kidnapped by her Pakistani father, 


Illustration: Coming up in May at the outhbank Centre: What Else You Need To Know, a day of wide-ranging events discussing the country of Pakistan, curated by author Kamila Shamsie.

Lahore Fort


Daniel Nelson







Thursday 17 April

* Protest G4S offices for Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, G4S Office, 4.30-6.30pm, 105 Victoria Street. Info:

* Soil, Soul, Society, Satish Kumar, 6.30pm, free, Nehru Centre, 8 South Audley Street, W1. Info: 7491 3567/ 7409 3360

* Outlook for Argentina in the Current Macroeconomic Context, 6.30pm, £10, Canning House, 15 Belgrave Square 


Tuesday 22 April 

* Egypt’s Roadmap, Khalid Abdalla and others, 7pm, £12.50, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 7479 8940/

* 50 Years of FeminismLaura Bates,  Beatrix Campbell,  Melissa Benn and Lesley Abdela, 7pm, free, Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road. Info: 7813 7498/ 

* Art and Revolution/ Art and Politics: an overview, Marie-Anne Mancio, 10.45am, £44, The University Women's Club, 2 Audley Square, W1. Info:


Wednesday 23 April

* Drax demo, outside the Drax AGM to call for an end to big biomass and coal and for an end to subsidies, 12 noon, Grocers’ Hall, Princes Street, EC2. Info: Biofuel Watch

* I want to work in Africa, book launch with Frances Mensah Williams, Onyekachi Wambu, Ike Anya, 6-8pm, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info: Registration


Thursday 24 April

* Contemporary Somali Culture, Nadifa Mohamed, Ismail Einashe, Rashid Ali, 7-8pm, The Mosaic Rooms, Tower House, 226 Cromwell Road, SW5. Info: 

* Fashion Revolution Day, JP Flintoff, Orsola de Castro, Carry Somers, Amisha Ghadiali marking the anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, 7.30-9pm, £12/£10, Somerset House, Strand. Info: 

* Hybrid capitalism and the development of a welfare state in Asia, Lawrence Saez, 6pm, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info: 7898 4933

Work - Are you worth what you earn?, Helen Kersley, 7.30pm, £10, The Cockpit, Gateforth Street, NW8. Info: 7258 2925


Friday 25 April

* Robot reporter: Journalism in the Age of Automation and Big Data, Emily Bell, 6.30-8pm, £8/£6/£5, 98 British Library, Euston Road, NW1. Info: 7412 7332





Rwanda in Photographs: Death Then, Life Now, intimate images of everyday life in the Great Lakes that seeks to communicate the complexities of survival after mass violence. free, Somerset House, Aldwych, WC1, until 30 April. Info: Exhibition

+  It's extraordinary: it's ordinary Rwanda

+ 'Once in a generation' chance to secure Rwanda genocide reparations


* Deutsche Borse Photography Prize, the four finalists include Richard Mosse's photos from eastern Democratic Republic of Congo: shot on discontinued military surveillance film, the images render the jungle warzone in disorienting psychedelic hues, Photographers' Gallery, W1, until 22 June. Info: 0845 262 1618


Excavations, London-based, Iraqi-born artist Jananne Al-Ani focuses on Middle East landscape, archaeology and its visual representation in the West, exploring the aerial reconnaissance and mapping techniques of modern warfare while replicating the point-of view of the fighter plane or drone, free, Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1, until 11 May. Info: 7960 4200


Brick Lane, photo exhibition marking launch of Phil Maxwell's new book abiout the street that continues to be one of London's centres of migration, free, Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, until Saturday 26 April. Info: 7813 7498


The Light That Pushes Me: Stories of African Peacebuilders, exhibition featuring photographs and testimonies of Quaker peacebuilders from sub-Saharan Africa, all of whom have experienced violence, Friends House, 173 Euston Road, NW1, until 9 May. Info:

+ Film series linked to exhibition: 16 April, Beyond Forgiving, documentary about a black atheist and a white Christian who return to post-apartheid South Africa, plus discussion with executive producer Howard Grace, 6.30pm; 23 AprilIcyizere - hope, doc about post-genocide reconciation, plus discussion with Laura Shipler Chico, 6.30pm; 30 AprilAfrica United, feature about  three Rwandan kids who walk 3,000 miles to the Soccer World Cup in South Africa, plus discussion with director Debs Patterson, 6.30pm


* ...Cairo Stories, a series of short video monologues with Egyptian women, 11am-5pm, free, waterside contemporary, 2 Clunbury Street, N1, until 31 May. Info:


Burnt Generation, contemporary Iranian photography, free, Somerset House, Strand, WC1, until 1 June

+ Picturing Iran's conflicted generation


Sol Calero, Laura Bartlett's installation about Latin American hair salons, free, 10 Northington Street, WC1, until 3 May. Info: 7404 9251


Welcome to Iraq, works by 11 contemporary artists, almost all of whom live and work in Iraq, originally shown at the Iraq Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, free, South London Gallery, 65-67 Peckham Road, SE5, until 1 June. Info:  7703 6120/  

+ A welcome from Iraq


Even This Will Pass, 10 blurry, unrecognisable portraits of Eritrean refugees with their sad testimonies by Aida Silvestri, free, Roman Road Project Space, 69 Roman Road, E2, to 26 April. Info: 8981 7075

Hopefully, even this will pass


Graciela Iturbidework by Mexican photographer, Tate Modern, Bankside, SE1, until 11 May. Info:  7887 8888


* Mogadisu - Lost Moderns, Somali-British architect Rashid Ali and British photographer Andrew Cross explore the Somali capital through its architecture and urban environment, from traditional African nation via colonisation and post colonialism to emergent independent state, free, The Mosaic Rooms, A.M. Qattan Foundation, Tower House, 226 Cromwell Road, SW5, until 26 April. Info: 7370 9990/ 


Freedom Has No Script, Turkish artist Burak Delier exhibits recent work and two films exploring the relationship between capitalism and art, free, Rivington Place, Rivington Street, EC2, until 17 May. Info:


Extinction: Not the End of the World? explores the crucial role extinction plays in the evolution of life, Natural History Museum, Exhibition Road, SW1. Info: Tickets
Are we in the midst of another Great Dying?


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 3852/ 0870 444 3851/


* 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/



Image: The Island Nation is a new play set in Sri Lanka in 2009, at the culmination of a decades-long conflict. It will be performed as a rehearsed reading at the Southbank Centre on 17 May and includes a Q+A with the writer and cast

The Island Nation




Around town

Half Of A Yellow Sun, adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's superb novel about the Nigerian civil war, Curzon Mayfair, Odeon Panton Street, Brixton Ritzy, Clapham Picturehouse, Edmonton Lee Valley odeon, Greenwich odeon, Peckham Multiplex, Swiss Cottage Odeon

Apples, pears and Half of a Yellow Sun

The Lunchbox, gentle Indian romcom about what happens when Mumbai's city-wide lunchbox delivery service makes a rare error, Brixton Ritzy, Curzons, Dalston Rio, Hampstead Everyman, Gate Notting Hill, Greenwich and Hackney Picturehouses, Whitechapel Genesis


Wednesday 16 April

* Mission London, Bulgaria's ambassador in London has to ensure the Queen attends a party celebrating his country's joining the EU but chaos ensues, followed by Q&A with Alek Popov, author of the novel from which the film is adapted, 8pm, £8.50/£9.50, Riverside Studios, Crisp Road, W6. Info: 8237 1111/

* Beyond Forgiving, documentary about a black atheist and a white Christian who return to post-apartheid South Africa, plus discussion with executive producer Howard Grace, 6.30pm; in connection with 'The Light That Pushes Me: Stories of African Peacebuilders, exhibition, Friends House, 173 Euston Road, NW1. Info:

* Notes for an African OrchestraPier Paolo Pasolini’s lyrical reflections on myth, colonialism and modernity filmed in Uganda and Tanzania: it considers possible parallels between Aeschylus’ Orestes trilogy and African politics in the 1970s, 7.30pm, £5, Mosaic Rooms, A.M. Qattan Foundation, Tower House, 226 Cromwell Road, SW5. Info:  7370 9990


Thursday 17 April

* Alone, documentary about sisters - aged 4, 6 and 20 - in a remote Chinese village without their parents, 8pm, £7/£5, Riverside Studios, Crisp Road, W6. Info: 8237 1111/


Sunday 20 April

The Act of Killing - Director's Cut, extraordinary documentary in which a group of elderly Indonesians who took part in the anti-leftist massacres of the 1960s are invited to make a film about their crimes, 12.20pm, ICA, The Mall, SW1. Info: ICA, Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Square

+ The surreal insides of Indonesian killers' heads– Director's Cut

+ Don't give an Oscar to this snuff movie

+ The Act of Killing has helped Indonesia reassess its past and present


Tuesday 22 April

* Chronicle of a Disappearance, comic and poignant commentary on the Israeli occupation of Palestine, part of the 'Discover Arab cinema' series, 6.20pm, BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, SE1. Info: 7928 3535


Tuesday 22-Wednesday 23 April

* A Separation/ The Past, superb Iranian film about a couple splitting up and their teenage daughter, 6pm, followed at 8.30 by Asghar Farhadi's latest feature, about family secrets,  Riverside Studios, Crisp Road, W6. Info: 8237 1111/


Wednesday 23 April

* Icyizere - hope, doc about post-genocide reconciationin Rwanda, plus discussion with Laura Shipler Chico, 6.30pm; in connection with 'The Light That Pushes Me: Stories of African Peacebuilders' exhibition, Friends House, 173 Euston Road, NW1. Info:


Thursday 24 April

* Aleppo. Notes From the Dark, unique and poignant account of life in Aleppo from the perspective of seven of its residents, plus Q&A, with co-directors Michal Przedlacki and Wojciech Szumowski, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2,. Info: 7479 8940/ 

* Papusza, the story of the first Roma woman who put her poems into writing and published them, followed by Q&A with director and actress Jowita Budnik, 7pm, Riverside Studios, Crisp Road, W6. Info: 8237 1111/

* Plot for Peace, documentary about an aspect of Nelson Mandela’s release from prison featuring a protagonist straight out of a John le Carré novel, plus Q&A with Jean-Yves Ollivier, 8pm, Tricycle Cinema, 269 Kilburn High Road, NW6. Info: 7328 1000


from Thursday 24 April

* Kinoteka, Polish film festival, until 30 May. Info:Programme includes 19 May, Abu Haraz, documentary filmed over several years about a desert village affected by construction of a huge dam on the Nile, followed by Q&A with Maciej





Oh My Sweet Land, Amir Nizar Zuabi, founder of Haifa-based theatre company ShiberHur, returns to the Young Vic with a play that explores the crisis in Syria through the stories of some of its 2 million refugees,  £10, £19.50, Young Vic, 66 The Cut, SE1, until 3 May. Info: 7922 2922

+ Bitter onions for a sweet land

Cooking up a Syrian storm


Birangona: Women of War, 55-minute play that tackles the subject of the hundreds of thousands of women who were raped during Bangladesh's fight for independence, £13/£11, The Lost Theatre, 208 Wandsworth Road, SW8, until 20 April. Info: 0844 847 1680 / Tickets

+ Reclaiming thre honour of Bangladesh's Birangona

Bangladesh independence war: survivors' stories

Global summit to end sexual violence in conflict


* Kingston 14, the story of a black British police officer sent to Kingston to investigate the murder of an English tourist and who uncovers corruption hidden in a corner of Jamaica, £22.50/ £5, Theatre Royal Stratford East, until 26 April. Info: The play


* Privacy, inspired by the Edward Snowden revelations, the play looks at the digital age and the implications of governments' scrutiny of our personal information, Donmar Warehouse, WC2, until 31 May. Info: 0844 871 7624 


Saturday 26 April

* Even if we lose our lives, scripted reading of piece based on the testimonies of Afghan women, 8pm, free, St Peter’s Church, St Peter’s Road, CR0 1HG. Info:





Tuesday 15 April

* Costing the Earth, 3.30pm, R4


Wednesday 16 April

* Monkey Planet, tool-making and problem-solving, 9pm, BBC1

* Costing the Earth, 9pm, R4


Thursday 17 April

* Botany: A Blooming History, why photosynthesis is so important, 8pm, BBCc4

* Deep, Down & Dirty: The Science of Soil, 9pm, BBC4


Friday 18 April

* Unreported World, 7.30pm, C4

* Natural World: Honey Badgers - Masters of Mayhem, 9pm, BBC2

* Caribbean Domino Club, Benjamin Zephaniah on the clubs' popularity in Britain, 11am, R4