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The 1984 anti-Sikh pogroms remembered

Marking the 30th anniversary of the November 1984 anti-Sikh pogroms, the Wiener Library is staging an exhibition to commemorate the events.
from Wiener Library on Oct 8, 2014.

Burqas and barmitzvahs: it's a laughing matter

I saw 'The Infidel – The Musical' two hours after watching a harrowing film about a British Pakistani being hunted down by her brother for running off with an unsuitable white English boy, and it was an enormous relief to see Muslims and Jews mocked mercilessly.
from Daniel Nelson on Oct 16, 2014.

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*  Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait won best documentary award at the London Film Festival, which finished on Sunday. Jury president Sophie Fiennes said: “The jury were deeply affected by this film. Ossama Mohammed and Wiam Simav Bedirxan's portrait of Syria is both unflinching and poetic. It is hard to watch, because the fact of war is and should be unbearable. Bedirxan's passionate and courageous quest to be a reliable witness, while trying to comprehend and survive her desperate situation in Homs, is profoundly moving. Ossama Mohammed's exile in Paris, resonates with our own safe distance from this war, but the miracle of the film is how it engages us.”

The only other film from or about a developing country to come close to an award was a commendation in the category of "most original and imaginative first feature"  for Naja Abu Nowar's Theeb,  an Arab Western about orphaned brothers on a treacherous journey across the desert in the far reaches of the Ottoman Empire on the eve of the Arab revolt.

The Best British Newcomer award went to Sameena Jabeen Ahmed for her performance in Catch Me Daddy, an unremittingly dark, intense about a British Pakistani girl on the run from her family after leaving home with her white English boyfriend: “Sameena's performance was very assured, confident and fearless. In the lead role of 'Laila', Sameena's range of emotion was breathtaking; she was the heartbeat of the film.”


* We've all become rather blase about wildlife films: we've seen such wonders that we can't believe there's anything more to see. That's how I approached the new TV series, Monsoon. I was wrong: It has some dramatic photography, of both animals and storms.  


*  The National Theatre is staging two fascinating theatre productions. Here Lies Love is a musical that traces the astonishing journey of Imelda Marcos, former First Lady of the Philippines, from her meteoric rise to power to descent into infamy and disgrace. The theatre "will be transformed into a pulsating club for an immersive theatrical event which combines heart-pounding beats with adrenaline-fuelled choreography and 360-degree staging." Audiences are advised to dress comfortably and those in the pit performance area will stand and dance with the actors.


Next up will be  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 are two other musicals on unlikely topics : The Infidel - The Musical, a laugh-a-minute romp written by David Baddiel from a book about a British Muslim who discovers he was born to a Jewish family, and the even more unexpected 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: Jon Snow is part of a 23 October panel discussion on 'Conflict and Disaster Reporting: Does the Public Still Care?'

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Monday 20 October

* The Maya Centre Charity Debate: Talk Enables Change, Leyla Hussein, Natalie bennett, Louise Howard, Vera Baird, Jill Dawson, Deana Puccio, 5.30pm, free, Free Word Lecture Theatre, 60 Farringdon Road, EC1. Info: 7324 2570/ 

* Finding ‘evidence’ for what works in security and justice programming, Mareike Schomerus, 5pm, free, Overseas Development Institute, 203 Blackfriars Road, SE1. Info: 7922 0300/

* Life Amid The Ruins of Sri Lanka's Civil War, author Rohini Mohan talks to V.V. Ganeshananthan about her journey through war-torn Sri Lanka, and its effects on those who survived, 7pm, £9.50, Kings Place, 90 York Way, N1. Info: 7520 1490/ 7520 1440

* Brazil Votes 2014 – Analysing the result, Jeremy Evans, Sergio Fausto, Antonio Sampaio, Anthony Pereira, George Seers, 6:30-8:30pm, £10, Senate House, Malet Street, WC1. Info: 7811 5600 

* The challenges of the Presidency of the International Court of Justice, Rosalyn Higgins QC, 6.30pm, £20/£15/£5, Olswang LLP, 90 High Holborn, WC1. Info: 07946 403 627/


Tuesday 21 October

* How to Fix Nigeria: A Reckoning with History, Max Siollun, Jide Olanrewaju, 7-9pm, School of oriental and African Studies, Russell Square, WC1. Info: Booking

* Rituals and Ritualism in the International Human Rights System, Hilary Charlesworth, 6.30pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info: 7955 6043

* Inequality and the 1%, Danny Dorling, 7pm, £9, London Review Bookshop, 14 Bury Place, WC1. Info: 7269 9030

* The Middle East: a story too dangerous to cover?, Rageh Omaar, Lyse Doucet, 6.30pm, free, City University, College Building, St John Street, EC1. Info:  7040 8037

* A global perspective on Black History Month, when did Black History Month begin? Where did it come from? Why does it exist?, UCL, 25 Gordon Street, WC1. Info: 7679 7392/ 

* Brazil Votes 2014: Analysing the result, 6.30pm, Institute of Latin American Studies, Senate House, Malet Street, WC1. Info: 7862 8853/


Wednesday 22 October

* Eyes Wide Shut? Will the Future of Journalism Mean We Are Better Informed?, launch of autumn edition of Index on Censorship magazine with Richard Sambrook, Raymond Joseph, Rachel Briggs, Amie Ferris-Rotman, 6:30pm, Frontline Club, Norfolk Place

* Human Rights Law conference, 9am-5.30pm, Church House Conference Centre, Deans Yard, Westminster, SW1. Info: Booking

* A Changing World and China, Ambassador Wu Jian Min, 6.30pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info: 7955 6043 

* Dammed Progress: hydropower, modernization and the politics of development in Southern Africa, Allen Isaacman, 5-6:30pm, School of Oriental and African Studioes, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info: 7898 4330/4490

* Framing the Poor: Media Illiteracy, Stereotyping and Contextual Fallacy to Sopin the Crisis, Christian Garland, 2-4pm, Westminster University, Harrow campus, Watford Road, Northwick Park, Middlesex HA1 3TP


Thursday 23 October

* Conflict and Disaster Reporting: Does the Public Still Care?, Juliana Ruhfus, Marc DuBois, Jon Snow, Eva Svoboda, 8.30pm, £12.50, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 7479 8940

* Understanding and Addressing Information and Communication Needs of Iraqi IDPs,  Jacobo Quintanilla, Alexandra Sicotte-Levesque, Madara Hetteriachchi, 9:30am-midday, Action Aid Conference Room, 33-39 Bowling Green Lane, EC1. Info: Reservations

* Global News Media: the next horizon, Andrew Miller, 6.30pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info: 7955 6043 

* Art and Activism: reflections on the anti-apartheid struggle and two decades of South African democracy, Hugh Masekela, 6.30pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info: 7955 6043

* Evo's Bolivia: continuity and change, Linda Farthin, 6-8pm, UCL, Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, WC1. Info: 7898 4370

* Migrant Voice AGM, 6pm, Lighthouse West London, 111-117 Lancaster Road, W1. Info: 7221 6708/

* Do no harm, launch of report on migrants' access to healthcare, Maureen Baker, Leigh Daynes, Max Wind-Cowie, 5.30-7.30pm, RCGP, 30 Euston Square, NW1. Info: 7367 6314 


Saturday 25 October

* Anti-torture London embassy crawl, organised by Amnesty, Embankment station (Riverside entrance), 10:45am. Info: 07810 811 675/ on the day 07810 811 675

* Feminism in London 2014, conference, panels and workshops, artwork, stalls, free creche, £15-£30, Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, WC1


Saturday 25-Sunday 26 October

*  Power of People's Tribunals - Empowering Civil Society, free, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info: http// 


Monday 27 October

* Modern Day Slavery: How to Tackle Human Trafficking, Annie Kelly and Monique Villa, 7pm, £12.50, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info:  7479 8950

* Agricultural Colonialism – the new scramble for Africa, Nick Dearden, 6.4-8.30pm, £5/£3, The Gallery, 77 Cowcross Street, EC1. Info:

* Medecins Sans Frontieres: barriers to accessing healthcare in Afghanistan, 10am, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info: 7955 6043 

* Leave no-one behind: tackling inequalities through social justice post-2015, launch of the Intersecting Inequalities Report with Naila Kabeer, Ricardo Fuentes-Neva, Leandro Vergara Camus, Layla Saad, Andrew Shepherd, 10am-12.30pm, Overseas Development Institute, 203 Blackfriars Road, SE1. Info: 7922 0300





* 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


A World to Win: Posters of Protest and Revolution, a century of posters agitating for political change drawn from the V&A collection, including acquisitions gathered from recent outbursts of protest, free, Victoria & Albert Museum, South Kensington, SW5, until 2 November. Info: 7942 2000


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, Victoria & Albert 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 


Some Are Smarter Than Others, Filipino artist Pio Abad on the cultural legacy of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos, free, Gasworks, SE11, until 16 November. Info: 7582 6848


* 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 in the picture


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


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


Living Africa: Through the Art of Its Children, work from Gambia, Nigeria, South Africa and Tanzania, free,  Islington Museum, until 18 November. Info: 7527 2837 


* Omer Fast, using carefully edited video footage, Fast examines the conventions of media reportage, storytelling and historical representation, free, Tate Modern, Bankside, SE1, until 30 November. Info: 7887 8888/ 


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

+ 18  November, exhibition tour, 1-1.45pm, £5/£3

+ 24 October, 7, 14, 28 November, lunchtime talks, 1-145pm, £5/£3 


* The Colours of Myanmar, Maxime Bulloch's photographs, free, Upstairs at the Ritzy, SW2, until 3 November. Info: 08717 042 065

Living Africa: Through the art of its children, free, Islington Museum, 245 St. John Street, EC1, until 18 November. Info: 7527 2837/

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/


Peckham Square Studio, black and white portraits of local residents taken by Eileen Perrier on Peckham Square, free, Peckham Square Studio, until 16 November


* 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 24 October

* Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014, the work of professionals and amateur photographers from around the globe, Natural History Museum, South Kensington


Image: When atrocities are committed , Human Rights Watch sends in the E-Team - which is the subject of a documentary showing at Rich Mix this week. 





Gone Too Far, amusing but slight feature that follows estranged teenage brothers - one in London, the other visiting from Nigeria - as they struggle to accept each other, Odeon Panton Street,  Brixton Ritzy, Edmonton Lee Valley Odeon, Enfield Cineworld, Greenwich Odeon, Newham Showcase, Peckhamplex, Wood Green Cineworld

Not far enough


Tuesday 21 October

* Manuscripts Don't Burn, "Defying a 20-year work ban, dissident Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof blasts state censorship in this politically charged murder thriller based real events," says The Holllywood Reporter, 6.15pm, JW3 Cinema, 341-351 Finchley Road, NW3. Info: 7433 8988/


Wednesday 22 October

* Night Will Fall, documentary about the Allied plan to make a film about the Nazi death camps at the end of World War Two - a film that was never shown, 2.30pm, JW3 Cinema, 341-351 Finchley Road, NW3. Info: 7433 8988/


Thursday 23 October

* Casablanca Calling, follows three Morchidat – Hannane, Bouchra and Karima – as they set out to change their country from street level, plus Q&A session with director Rosa Rogers, 7pm, £10/£8, Leighton House Museum, 12 Holland Park Road, W14. Info: 7602 3316/

* E-Team, documentary about the team sent in by Human Rights watch when atrocities are committed, 8pm, Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, E1. Info: 7613 7498

* Finding Fela, documentary on the Nigerian musician and activist, plus Q&A with  Kwaku on the music and politics of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, 7-10pm, Mildmay Community Centre, 21-23 Mildmay Park, N1. Info:


Tuesday 28 October

* Fire In The Blood, "how Western pharmaceutical companies and governments aggressively blocked access to low-cost AIDS drugs for the countries of Africa and the global south in the years after 1996 - causing ten million or more unnecessary deaths -  and the improbable group of people who decided to fight back", 7pm, St Luke's Community Centre, 90 Central Street, EC1


Wednesday 29 October

* Citizenfour, documentary about a series of encounters with Edward Snowden, 7pm, £10, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 7479 8950


Thursday 30 October

* Iranian Cinema: History and Current Practice, Zeydabadi-Nejad, Pejman Danaei, 8pm, £5/£3, Chelsea Theatre, 7 World's End Place, King's Road, SW10. Info: 7352 1967





* Albion,  play set in an East End boozer that examines the rise of the new far right in modern-day Britain: when it embraces diversity, just how far can the far right go?, Bush Theatre, 7 Uxbridge Road, W12, until 25 October. Info: 8743 5050

+ A sing-along with the English Protection Army

* Teh Internet is Serious Businessfictional account of the origins of Anonymous and LulzSec, the swarm who took on powerful capitalist forces from their bedrooms, Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, SW1, until 25 October

+ Hacking democracy: Tim Price on his new play


* The Vertical Hour, revival of 2008 David Hare play that starts with a conversation about Iraq and pits personal philosophies against global politics, £19.50/£15/£16, Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, N4, until 26 October. Info: 7870 6876/ Park

+ Personal trumps political at the Park

+ Clash of opinion


* 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 Infidel - The Musical, about a British Muslim who discovers he was born to a Jewish family, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Gerry Raffles Square, E15, until 2 November. Info: 8534 0310

+ Burqas and barmitzvahs: it's a laughing matter


* The Scottsboro Boys, an infamous story of injustice against nine African-Americans is 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, iconic British comedy about growing up in a mixed-race family in 1970s Salford enjoys a revival, Trafalgar Studios, until 3 January. Info: 0844 871 7632


* How Nigeria Became A Story, And A Spear That Didn't Work, written and directed by Gbolahan Obisesan, £10-£16, Unicorn Theatre, SE1, until 9 November. Info: 7645 0560


* Das Ding, "a globetrotting comedy of globalised connections",  £12.50/£14.50, The New Diorama Theatre, until 1 November. Info: 0844 209 0344


* The African Renaissance, art, talks, workshops, food, design, music and fashion, Hoxton Square, until 19 October. Info:


Monday 20 October

* Hurried Steps, play based on women's testimonies about violence, as reported by Amnesty and in newspapers, 12.30pm and 9.30pm, £7/£10, Kensington Town Hall, Hornton Street, W8. Info: 01892 710122


23 October-1 November

* Pandora's Box, on holiday with her streetwise son, a British-Nigerian mother is in turmoil: should she leave him in a strict Nigerian boarding school, or return him to the battlefields of inner London? Thursday 23 October, Broadway Theatre, Catford, SE6. Info: 8690 0002; Friday 24-Saturday 25 October, Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Town Hall Approach Road, Tottenham Green, N15. Info: 8365 5450/; Monday 27-Friday 31, The Bussey Building aka The CLF Art Cafe, 133 Rye Lane, SE15Info: 7732 5275/; 1 November, Arcola Theatre, 24 Ashwin Street, E8. Info: 7503 1646/





Sunday 19 October

* Wonders of the Monsoon, 8pm, BBC2

* Sacred Rivers with Simon Reeve, the Yangtze, 9pm, BBC2

Monday 20 October

* Panorama: Inside the Taliban, 8.30pm, BBC1

* Wonders of the Monsoon, 11.20pm, BBC2

* On Language Location, looks at Bhutan, 11am, R4

* The Digital Human, 4.30pm, R4

* Hidden histories of the Information Age, 1.45pm, R4

Tuesday 21 October

* Sacred Rivers with Simon Reeve, the Yangtze, 11.20pm, BBC2

* Hidden histories of the Information Age, 1.45pm, R4

* Costing the Earth, 3.30pm, R4

* File on 4: why ebola was not taken more seriously, 8pm, R4

Wednesday 22 October

The Wonder of Animals, snakes, 8.30pm, BBC4

* Soldiers of the Empire: Indian soldiers in World War One, 11am, R4

* Costing the Earth, 9pm, R4

* Hidden histories of the Information Age, 1.45pm, R4

Thursday 23 October

* Life Story, the return of David Attenborough with yet more amazing wildlife phorography, 9pm, BBC1

* Panorama: Inside the Taliban, midnight20pm, BBC2

* From Our Own Correspondent, 11am, R4

* Cuba Offline, Cuba and the Internet, 11.30am, R4

* Hidden histories of the Information Age, 1.45pm, R4

Friday 17 October

* Unreported World, young Russian women trying to break into China's fashion trade, 7.35pm, C4

* Hidden histories of the Information Age, 1.45pm, R4

* Plants: from Roots to Riches, 9pm, R4