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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.

70 years of migration on show

It’s great, in these days of anti-immigrant hysteria, that 'Adopting Britain: 70 years of Migration', is on show at the Southbank Centre. It’s a pity it’s so predictable.
from Daniel Nelson on Apr 25, 2015.

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* We'll know when our interest in the world outside Britain has matured because TV programmes about other countries will not need the presenters' names in their titles: The Mekong With Sue PerkinsSlow Train Through Africa With Griff Rhys Jones The Cannabis Smugglers: Stacey Dooley Investigates.


* After being temporarily eclipsed in the election campaign by the NHS and personal attacks, immigration has moved back into focus. That makes the Southbank Centre's  big exhibition, Adopting Britain, 70 Years of Migration, even more topical. Even more newsworthy is Anders Lustgarten's two-hander at the Soho Theatre, Lampedusa, which makes connections between a man pulling migrants' bodies out of the Mediterranean and a payday loan collector in Britain. At the National it's the last week or so of Behind the Beautiful Forevers, about life in a Mumbai shantytown, and The Gate 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.


* New exhibitions include an absorbing display of Chinese Photobooks at the Photographers' Gallery.


* Below, right: The Chinese Photobook exhibition reveals the richness and diversity of China’s largely unexplored history of photobook publishing, and shows many key events - and attitudes - between 1900 and  2014.

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Friday 24 April

* Protest outside Pearson’s AGM, groups including the National Union of Teachers, Action Aid and Global Justice Now call on the company to withdraw from establishing fee paying private schools in the global south, 11am, 8 Northumberland Avenue, WC2


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/


Wednesday 29 April
* West Papua demo, protest against Indonesia's lack of open access to West Papua for international journalists and human rights observers, at 12 noon, Indonesian Embassy, 38 Grosvenor Square, W1. Info:

* Human Rights Beneath the Headlines, discussion, 6:30pm, Leigh Day, Priory House, 25 St John's Lane, EC1. Info: 7882 5850
* The Place of the Holocaust in the Life of the Post-war Generation in Israel, Yossi Beilin, 6.30-8pm, Wiener Library, 29 Russell Square, WC1. Info: 7636 7247
* Suffer the Little Children: The Gradual Improvement in Child Health has Left Newborns Behind, Chris Witty, 6pm, free, Museum of London, London Wall, EC2. Info: Info: 7831 0575/
* Beyond Election Day: Power, Money, Government and Responsibility, Craig Calhoun, Shami Chakrabarti, Conor Kehoe, Loretta Minghella, 6.30pm, St Paul's Cathedral, EC4. Info:


Thursday 30 April
* Europe's migrant crisis: what can be done?, Kevin Watkins, Gonzalo Fanjul, Marta Foresti, Laurence Hart, Alexander Betts, Gonzalo Vargas Llosa, Overseas Development Institute, 203 Blackfriars Road, SE1 Info: 7922 030
* Chile: building bridges in the international arena, Stuart Corbridge, 6.30-8pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info: 7955 7553
* The Tolerance Trap – what happened to the kick-ass gay rights movement?, Suzanna Danuta Walters, 7pm, £3, redeemable against any purchase, Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, N1. Info: 7837 4473/
* Harnessing private enterprise for climate compatible development, Juan Pablo Larenas, Pedro Tarak, 1pm, free, Overseas Development Institute, 203 Blackfriars Road, SE1. Info: 7922 0300/
Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary, Anita Anand discusses women’s historical involvement in suffrage movements, 6.30pm, £10/£8/£6, Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street, W1. Info: 307 5454/ 


Friday 1 May
* Palestine Speaks, Narratives of life under occupation, Cate Malek and Abeer Ayoub mark the launch of Palestine Speaks, 6pm, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info: 7898 4330 / 4490


Saturday 2 May
* Changing Britain: 1997–2015, events include 'How to be a Woman: Have women’s lives really changed for the better in the last 70 years and what battles remain?', and 'Not in My Name: Our actions in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2003 and their consequences', Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road. Info: 0844 897 991


Tuesday 5 May
* Komola Collective presents ‘Is It Only Talk?’, diversity in the theatre, 8pm, £5, Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road. Info: 7613 7498/
* Granta 131: The Map is Not the Territory, Janine di Giovanni and Charles Glass, the human realities behind the topographies of war, 7.30pm, £12.50, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 7479 8940/
* Reparations and the Human, David L Eng, 6.30-8pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info: 7955 6043
* Why We Deserve Better Politics, Zoe Williams, 7pm, £3 redeemable against any purchase, Housmans Bookshop, Caledonian Road, N1. Info: 7837 4473/
* China, the United States and Asia in the Twenty-first Century, Arne Westad, 6.30pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info: 7955 6043
* Barrel of a Gun? The Armed Struggle for Democracy in South Africa, Gillian Slovo, 6.30pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info: 7955 6043







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

+ 70 Years of migration on show


* 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, Duke of York's HQ, Kings Road, SW3, until 28 April. Info:


* 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


* 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


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

+ World in the picture


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


* 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


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 29 April

* Thomas Struth, photographs taken in Israel and Palestine in 2011-14: ‘a particle of the conflict of the region’, free, Marian Goodman Gallery, 5-8 Lower John Street, W1, until 6 June. Info: 7099 0088



Image: Adopting Britain, an exhibition at the Southbank Centre,  aims to "highlight some of the personal stories of migrants and refugees, celebrate the contribution of migrant groups to Britain's artistic landscape and open up discussion around one of the most politically sensitive and pertinent topics of this year's election."

Children at play in the Beeston area of Leeds, 2005,



Around Town

*  The Good Liea group of Sudanese refugees given the chance to resettle in America arrive in Kansas City where their encounter with an employment agency counsellor changes their lives, Holloway Odeon, Odeon Panton Street, West India Quay Cineworld

* The Emperor's New Clothes, Russell Brand and Michael Winterbottom team up for a polemic about the financial crisis and gross inequality, Barbican, Prince Charles, Rich Mix, Rio Dalston, Hackney Picturehouse


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


Sunday 26 April
* German Concentration Camps Factual Survey, recently restored postwar documentary that was never shown at the time + Q&A, 3.30pm, £9/£7, Bertha DocHouse, Curzon Bloomsbury, The Brunswick, WC1. Info:
The Story of the Weeping Camel, a nomadic family in the Gobi desert must try to save the life of a newborn camel abandoned by its mother, 1pm,  £4/£11.75/£9.20, BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road

Wednesday 29 April
* BBC Storyville: (T)error + Q&A with directors via Skype, the story of "Shariff", a 62-year-old former Black revolutionary turned terrorist informant for the FBI, 6.15pm, Curzon Soho


from Thursday 30 April
* India's Daughter – Directors Cut, the story of the gang rape and murder of 23-year-old medical student Jyoti on a bus in Delhi in 2012 and the unprecedented protests and riots it ignited + director Q&A, £12.50/£10, Curzon Bloomsbury


Friday 1 May
* Those Who Feel the Fire Burning, poetic boundary-blurring film on the realities of immigration to Europe + Q&A with director Morgan Knibbe, 7pm, £10, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 7479 8940/
La Santa Muerte, examines the Mexican cult forming around Saint Death, taking us on a tour of the altars, jails, and neighborhoods in Mexico where the saint's most devoted followers can be found + Q&A with the director, 8.30pm, ICA, The Mall, SW1. 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, £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?

+ Refugees don't need our tears. They need us to stop making them refugees


* Behind the Beautiful Forevers, play based on Katherine Boo's book about lives in a Mumbai slum, £15/£25/£35, National Theatre, South Bank, SE1. Info: 7452 3000
+ The slumdogs who aren't millionaires


* 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?


* 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/ 


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


* Cuckooed, comedian and activist Mark Thomas brilliant re-telling of the true story of how he discovered a 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, until 2 May. Info: 7223 2223
+ Thomas exposes the corporate spy cuckoo in the campaigners' nest


* 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

+ Bill Clinto and the rebel commander's 'wives'


* 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 action paintings in seven evening performances in the gallery until 30 April, 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


from Tuesday 28 April
* Blood, new play by Emteaz Hussain in which Caneze meets Sully in the college canteen, makes her move in the sweet smoke of a shisha bar - but neither of them bargained on the lengths to which her brother would go to keep them apart, Soho Theatre, Dean Street, W1, until 17 May. Info: 7478 0100
* My Children, My Africa, Athol Fugard play set in apartheid South Africa where a brilliant young black man's teacher insists that education, even the inferior “Bantu” education, is the way to liberation: but the man has begun to listen to angrier voices, £14/ £11, Tristan Bates Theatre, 1A Tower Street, WC2, until 16 May. Info: 7240 6283/


from Thursday 30 April

* Love Letters to the Home Office, true stories of people separated by Family Immigration Rules, in an exploration of the real impact of the UK's immigration policies and media-fuelled public opinion, Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, SW11, until 1 May, pay what you can. Info: 7223 2223/


30 April, 1, 7, 8, 21, 22 May
* The People Vs Democracy, live action game about power and politics in the UK, 7-8.30pm, Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, EC1. Info: 7324 2570/


Tuesday 1 May
* Settled Wanderers: Poetry and Protest From Western Sahara, talks by John Hillary and M Limam Mohamed Ali,  plus poems, recordings of from the Tindouf refugee camps, photos from Emma Brown and music, 7.30pm, free, Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road. Info: 7613 7498






Monday 27 April
* Slow Train Through Africa With Griff Rhys Jones, this time it's East Africa, 11.20pm, ITV
* India's Hospital Train - Lifeline Express, taking healthcare to rural areas, 11.20pm, BBC4
* 20 years of Hate, discussion of trhe film La Haine, a feature about deprivation in a Paris immigrant community,  4pm, R4

Tuesday 28 April
* Costing the Earth: China's search for water resources, 3.30pm, R4

Wednesday 29 April
* Two Rooms, discussion of the pros and cons of immigration, 8pm, R4

Thursday 30 April
* Wild China, 8pm, BBC4
* My Mother's Sari, Shahidha Bari on her attitudes to traditional Bengali Muslim clothes, 11.30pm, R4

Friday 1 May
* Unreported World, the outstanding reportage programme continues with a piece on the exploitation of young West African footballers looking for opportunities abroad, 7.30pm, C4
* Slow Train Through Africa With Griff Rhys Jones, Zambia and Zimbabwe, 9pm, ITV