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Steak, chocolate, water, potato: food takes centre stage

'Mouthful' is a darkly comic and at times heartbreaking response to the global food crisis from six dramatists in partnership with six world-renowned scientists.
from Trafalgar Studios on Aug 27, 2015.

More hell than heaven

A black man dies in police custody, where he had gone to see his son, detained for an alleged driving offence. The inquiry into his death clears a policeman alleged to have beaten him.
from Daniel Nelson on Sep 1, 2015.

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* The BBC's India Season includes Sue Perkins in Kolkata; The World’s Busiest Railway 2015  in Mumbai with Dan Snow, Anita Rani and Robert Llewellyn; The Wonders Of India and Treasures of the Indus;  a special new episode of the Asian sketch show, Goodness Gracious Me; a retrospective 90-minute documentary on the history of Indian cinema, Bollywood And Beyond: A Century Of Indian Cinema; a unique documentary musical filmed in Dharavi in Mumbai, the biggest slum in Asia -  Mumbai High - A Musical; and The White Mughal: A Story In Art , a look at the love affair between British diplomat James Achilles Kirkpatrick and Muslim princess Khair un-Nissa.


Promotion of the thrill-a-minute documentary Cartel Land includes a Superticket Initiative:  if you see the film in the first week of its release, from 4 September, you will be able to access the film’s website and get a free digital download of the film on its subsequent digital release, Director’s Cut scenes, deleted scenes, and Q&As to give context to the film. Details: The film is one of the most exciting documentaries you'll ever see, and this month sees the launch of another fascinating, high-impact documentary: How To Change the World, a rip-roaring look at the early derring-do years of Greenpeace and the organisational fall-out of its growth and success.


 Actor Steven Berkoff is to play Saddam Husein a political satire, Dinner with Saddam,  at the Menier Chocolate Factory in September, focussing on the true-life events of a family in Baghdad having dinner on the eve of the British and US invasion, when Saddam turned up at the door. Further ahead, Battlefield, a new work inspired by Peter Brook’s legendary production of The Mahabharata, will play at the Young Vic.  The theatre's artistic director, David Lan, commented: “Peter Brook’s staging of The Mahabharata is acknowledged as one of the seminal theatre works of the 20th century. Now, in Battlefield, he and his longtime collaborators, Marie-Hélène Estienne and Jean-Claude Carrière, explore the contemporary immediacy of just one of its many stories: the moment when the heroes of the epic face each other before a great battle." 



* Below, right: Cartel Land, which opens this month,  is a documentary about vigilantes on both sides of the Mexico-US border, but it's also an action-packed, adrenaline-fuelled tale of drug barons and migrants and  people taking the law into their hands.

Cartel Land

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Friday 4 September
* Minds of Caste - An Inter-Disciplinary Seminar on How Caste Identities Shape the Mind, Bhargavi Davar, Meena Dhanda, Gautam Gawali, 5.30pm, University College London, Gower Street, WC1. Info: 7679 2000/ 7679 8585/


Saturday 5 September
* Caste - out of the shadows, conference, 9am-7pm, £25/£18, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info:
* Right to Remain national conference, 11am-5pm, free, Amnesty's Human Rights Action Centre, 25 New Inn Yard, EC2. Info:  Reservations


Sunday 6 September

* Paul Mason's Guide to the Future, what follows capitalism?, 11:20am, £20, Mary Ward House, 5-7 Tavistock Place, WC1. Info:


Monday 7 September 

* Stop the Arms Fair 2015: Stop Arming Israel Day of Action, day of creative action, 8am, ExCel Centre London, Royal Victoria Dock, E16. Info:

* Climate Change: Road to Paris, Baroness Jones and André Gattolin discuss collaboration between global cities, 6.30pm, free, Institut francais, i 17 Queensberry Place, SW7. Info:

* The 2015 Liberty Human Rights Awards, 7pm, £10, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road

* The Library of Alexandria and the Digital Library of Tomorrow, Ismail Serageldin, 6.30pm, free, British Library, Euston Road, NW1. Info: 01937 54606001937 546060/


Tuesday 8 September
* Mediterranean migration, 2:30–4pm, Westminster Hall, SWi. Info: 7219 3000
* Peace In Our Cities, discussion, 7pm, free, House of Vans, Arches 228-232 Station Approach Road, SE1, part of the Talking Peace festival
* Lighting the Home Fires: Fresh perspectives on human rights in the UK, Iain Byrne, Saimo Chahal, Sara Chandler,  Ann Gallagher, Dominic Grieve, Rick Edwards, Richard Gordon, QC, Roger Graef, Colin Harvey, William Higham, Eva Hoffman,  Timo Juetten, Sunder Katwala, Shauneen Lambe, Emran Mian, Jonathan Sklar, Dan Reisel, Rabbi Jonathan Romain, Adam Wagner, 9:30am-5pm, Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, EC1. Info: 7324 2570/
* Foreign Reporting: Past, Present & Future,  Lyse Doucet and Lindsey Hilsum, 6pm, free, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 7479 8940/
* 25 Years of Public Health Criticism, Richard Wilkinson, Catherine Will, Carrie Friese, Alex Scott-Samuel, Simon Cohn, Robin Bunton, Judith Green, Kirsten Bell and Sam Martin, 10am,  London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, WC1.


Wednesday 9 September

* Peace in Our Cities, panel discussion, 7pm, House of Vans, Arches 228-232 Station Approach Road, SE1. Info: Talking Peace Festival

* Impact on children of the Family Migration Rules: A Review and Assessment of Policy and Practice, launch of report by Office of Children’s Commissioner, 10–11:30am, Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House, Westminster. Info: Reservations 

* The impact of the Family Migration Rules on children and their families, launch of Children’s Commissioner’s Office report, 10am, Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House, Bridge Street, SW1. Info: Event


Thursday 10 September

* Burma Boys: African soldiers in Asia during World War Two, Barnaby Phillips, 6.45pm, £8/£6/£5, Asia House, Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street, W1. Info:  7307 5454/

* Detention inquiry debate, 10.30am, House of Commons Chamber, Parliament

* Good Finance, Anat Admati says the financial system must be rethought to benefit society, 1pm, free, RSA, 8 St John Adam Street, WC2. Info: 7451 6868/


Friday 11 September

* Indigenous culture in the Cyber Age, Tara Douglas, Carola Krebs, Rolf Killius, Mark Elliott, Sudipta Modi, Michael Yorke, Dhuni Soren, 6.30pm, Nehru Centre, 8 South Audley Street, W1. Info: 7491 3567/ 7493 2019

* Lusaophone Africa: Crisis or Optimism?, Luis Bernardo Honwana, AbdoolKarim Vakil and Toby Green, 5pm, King's College, Strand, WC1. Info: 7836 5454 


Saturday 12 September

* Refugees Are Welcome Here, demonstration, assemble noon, Marble Arch for march to Downing Street. Info: 7561 4830

* Remembering Claudia Jones, presentation of the findings of the Claudia Jones Research Project, part of the Malcolm X Summer Festival, 6.30pm,  £5 suggested entry fee, Black Cultural Archives, Windrush Square, SW2. Info:









* Fences Make Senses, George Barber’s exhibition rehearses and re-enacts prevailing debates at international borders, Waterside Contemporary, 2 Clunbury Street, N1, until 10 October. Info: 3417 0159


Red Kimono, photographs from a project commemorating the 2011 Fukushima nuclear catastrophe by Lis Fields, free, Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, WC1, until 30 September. Info: 7405 1818/


One Less Gun, exhibition that explores the stories behind the work of  McCrow, who works with weaponry procured directly from areas of conflict and then decommissioned in the UK, free, Gallery@oxo, Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, South Bank, SE1, until 6 September. Info:


* Witness 1979, Iranian photographer Hengameh Golestan's series, 'Iranian revolution' features pictures of tens of thousands of women protesting against the compulsory ruling on the wearing of the hijab, The Showroom, 63 Penfold Street, NW8, until 27 September. Info: 7724 4300


* Inside Out Iran – Urban Art Exhibition, CK1, FRZ, Black Hand, ABCNT, ill, Omet, Ghalamdar, PST, W.B., Blind, Shaghayegh Cyrous, 9am-10.30pm, free, Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, E1, until  26 September. Info: 7613 7498/


Street art, including conflict-affected areas, inspired by the subject of ‘peace in our cities’; the show is part of International Alert’s #ART4PEACE campaign, Shop 12, Dray Walk, The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, E1, until 20 September


* Rapid Response Collecting, small but fascinating exhibition of objects recently acquired in response to major moments in history that touch the world of design and manufacturing, including Christian Louboutin shoes in five shades of 'nude'; a cuddly toy wolf used as an object of political dissent; and the world's first 3D-printed gun: each acquisition raises a different question about globalisation, popular culture, political and social change, demographics, technology, and regulation or the law, Gallery 74a, V&A Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7, until 15 December

+ Printed guns, nude shoes and Indonesian eyelashes


The Fifth Pan-African Congress, photographs + a Film Lounge screening a programme of films exploring pan-African history and ideals, Autograph ABP, Rivington Place, EC2, until 12 September. Info: 7729 9200/

+ The moment history turned


* I think therefore I #, Celina Teague's paintings that responds to global atrocities as reported by social media, Kristin Hjellegjerde, 533 Old York Road, SW18, until 5 September. Info: 8875 0110


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

+ 70 Years of migration on show


* Women of Sierra Leone,  Lee Karen Stow's photographs, free, Horniman Museum, SE23, until 27 September. Info: 8699 1872


* Spaces of Black Modernism: London 1919–39, painting, sculpture, photographs exploring the experiences and interactions of people from diverse ethnic backgrounds in London’s art world between the wars, free, Tate Britain, Millbank, SW1, until 4 October. Info: 7887 8888


* No Colour Bar: Black British Art in Action 1960-1990:, with a special focus on the establishment by Guyanese activists Eric and Jessica Huntley of a bookshop and publishing house in London in 1969, free, Guildhall, Gresham Street, EC2, until 24 January. Info: 7332 1313 /


* Coral Reefs, Secret Cities of the Sea, £10/ £4.50, Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7, until 13 September. Info: 7942 500


* RE·THINK Migration, activities exploring, discovering, reflecting on and responding to migration + events and workshops in the space 10am–5pm daily, free, National Maritime Museum, Romney Road, SE10, until mid-November. Info:  UpdatesMaritime Museum


* Watershed: Art, Play and the Politics of Waterwork by 15 contemporary artists including Gavin Turk, Tania Kovats, Tatsuo Miyajima and Martin Parr, £8, Bexley Hall, Nourne Road, DA5, until 6 September. Info: 01322 526 57401322 526 574


* Captain Linnaeus Tripe: Photographer of India and Burma 1852-1860, V&A Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7, until 11 October,  part of the V&A India Festival. Info: 7942 2000


* Kites from kabul, free, the V&A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road, E2, until 3 January. Info: 8983 5200


* Peter Kennard: Unofficial War Artist, major retrospective of the political artist's work demonstrates how Kennard has confronted issues in world politics and British government policy at home and abroad, free, Imperial War Museum,  Lambeth Road, SE1 until April. Info: 7416 5000/


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


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/



Tuesday 15 September
* Peace In Our Cities, photos, first-hand accounts and artefacts that explores the stories of people in Beirut, Kampala, London and Tunis, Emma Cons Gardens, 103 The Cut,  SE1, until 4 October. Info:


from Friday 18 September

From Birth to Freedom: An Exhibition of Afghan Art, work by London-based Afghan artist Sadaf Ahmadi, 7pm, Metamorphosis Gallery, Islington Arts Factory, 2 Parkhurst Road, N7, until 25 September


from Saturday 19 September

* Ai Weiwei, works from the time he returned to China from the US in 1993 up to present day, including a number of large-scale installations, £17.60, Royal Academy, Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1until 13 December 


Image:  Artist McCrow  works with weaponry procured directly from areas of conflict and then decommissioned in the UK, and her exhibition at gallery@oxo explore the human stories behind the art.

One Less Gun




Around Town



* The President, Mohsen Makhmalbaf's feature about a toppled dictator on the run who finds out about how people are living,  ICA, Picturehouse Central


In Short Film Festival, with a focus on diversity, human rights and empowerment, films from the Dominican Republic, Japan, Ecuador and India plus a Focus on Iran section, day pass £20, Rich Mix, until 5 September. Info: 7613 7498/ Festival


* Also Like Life: Hou Hsiao-Hsien season, BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, until 6 October. Info: BFI


Friday 4 September

* Cartel Land, Matthew Heineman rip-roaring documentary goes deep into the world of Mexican drug cartels by embedding himself with two vigilante groups on either side of the US-Mexico border + Q&A with Heineman, 7pm, £10/£8, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 7479 8940

+  Mad Max meets Mexico: hell on earth as the vigilantes take over


Monday 7 September 

* Shorts, from around the world, 7pm, £10/£8, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 7479 894


from Monday 7 September

* Warriors From The North, chilling insight into what fuels the current trend of Western Muslim youth leaving the West to join radical terrorist groups abroad, 6.30pm, £9/£7/£5, Curzon Bloomsbury, The Brunswick, WC1.Info: Info: Dochouse


Tuesday 8 September

* Kanraxël: The Confluence of Agnack, screening of documentary about linguistic and cultural diversity in a small village in Southern Senegal + discussion with Friederike Lupke, Anna Sowa, Remigiusz Sowa, Samantha Goodchild, 6-7.30pm, free, The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, SW1. Info: 7969 5200

* The Land Between Us, shorts that explore the lives of those who are forced to seek refuge in countries that deliver few promises and little respite from the past - Xenos, The Call,  A Life On Hold, Jungle Life, Shipwreck, Sill Life, 6.30pm,  £9/£7, Curzon Bloomsbury, The Brunswick, WC1. Info:


Tuesday 8-Thursday 10 September

* Shadow in Baghdad, documentarty about Jewish Iraqi journalist Linda Menuhin's search for her father, kidnapped in the 1970s, a journey that also uncovers the fate of the once thriving Iraqi Jewish community, JW3, 341-351 Finchley Road, NW3. Info: 7433 8988/


from Tuesday 8 September

* The Colour of Money, films on the theme of money, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, until 20 September. Programme includes 10 September, Inequality for All, documentary on the widening income gap between rich and poor + panel discussion with Polly Toynbee and Dr Ann Pettifor, 7pm; 11 September, The Storm Makers, doc about slavery in Cambodia, 7pm; 12 September, Tigers, real-life story of a Pakistani salesman who takes on a babyfood company + discussion with  Andy Paterson, Patti Rundall and Diamond Emmanuel, the medic involved in the original story; 13 September, Hyenes a women returns to her impoverished Senegalese village ‘as rich as the World Bank’ and makes a  proposition to its residents: kill the man who got her pregnant and abandoned her, and receive a fortune, 6.15pm; 16 September, Life and Debt, doc that shows how policies determined by rich Western countries are keeping the Caribbean poor; 17 September,  debate on A Tale of Two Cities - Is Inequality Killing London?, with Mick Owens, Hannah Fearn and Jamie Ratcliff, 7pm; 20 September, The White Balloon, Iranian film about a girl's attempts to recover money she lost on her way to buy a goldfish, 4pm


Wednesday 9 September

* How To Change The World, live satellite premiere, powerful documentary with unseen archive material about the birth of Greenpeace in 1971 + panel discussion with Vivienne Westwood, Jerry Rothwell, Emily Hunter

+ The Ship of Fools that changed the world

Chinese Dreamland + Q&A with director David Borenstein, 7pm, £10, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 7479 8940/ 


Wednesday 9-Friday 11 September

* The Salt Of The Earth, documentary on Sebastião Salgado, by his son and Wim Wenders, Whirled Cinema, 259-260 Hardess Street, SE24


Thursday 10 September 

* Energized (Macht Energie), a journey through the crazy world of energy, from the perspective of those affected as well as of pioneers and critics, documenting attempts to tap the planet’s last oil and gas deposits and to conceal the risks of nuclear energy, 7pm, free, Austrian Cultural Forum, 28 Rutland Gate, SW7. Info:  7225 7300/

* Timbuktu, a cattle herder and his family living amid the dunes of Timbuktu find their ordinarily quiet lives suddenly disturbed, Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Town Hall Approach Road, Tottenham Green, N15. Info:  8365 5450

+ A beautifully observed Timbuktu story


Friday 11 September

* CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap, documentary examines the reasons why more girls are not seeking opportunities in computer science + Q&A with irector Robin Hauser Reynolds, 7pm, £10/£8, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 479 8940/









* Black Spartacus, presentation about Toussaint L'Ouverture, the leader of a slave uprising in Haiti in 1791, Courtyard Theatre, The Courtyard, Bowling Green Walk, 40 Pitfield Street, N1, until 12 September. Info: 0844 477 10000844 477 1000


* This Heaven,  European premiere of play by Aboriginal playwright Nakkiah Lui that tells a universal story of an indigenous Australian family at breaking point, Finbororugh Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, SW10, until 15 September. Info: 0844 847 16520844 847 1652/  

+ More hell than heaven


*  Call My Brothers, a car has exploded: Amor wanders the city, doing his best to blend in. He must not attract any suspicious glances. But what is normal behaviour? And who is a potential perpetrator?, by Jonas Hassen Khemiri’s play explores where the lines between criminal and victim, and fantasy and reality, blur, Arcola,  24 Ashwin Street, E8, until 19 September. Info: 7503 1646


Friday 4 September

* The Bogus Woman,  Krissi Bohn bring to life 51 characters who retell the experiences of a young African woman seeking safety and asylum in England but who is indefinitely confined, interrogated, humiliated and abused, 7:30pm, £12/£10, Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch. Info: 7613 7498


Saturday 5-Sunday 6 September

* Discover Indonesia, music, dance, puppetry, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1. Info: Southbank


from Tuesday 8 September

* A Brimful of Asha, real-life mother and son Asha and Ravi Jain share their compelling story of generational culture clash over the search for a potential bride, Tricycle, 269 Kilburn High Road, NW6, until 19 September. Info: 7328 1000/


from Thursday 10 September

* Martur, Benjamin won't do swimming at school because he has found God and mixed-sex swimming lessons offend him. Fundamentalism and tolerance clash in this funny, provocative play, Unicorn Theatre, 147 Tooley Street, SE1. Info: 7645 0560/


from Friday 11 September

* Mouthful, darkly comic and at times heartbreaking response to the global food crisis from dramatists in partnership with six scientists, £15-£25, Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall, SW1, until 3 October. Info: 0870 060 6632/ Ticket information

+ Post-show discussions, 10-10.45pm - 14 Sept, Dan Crossley; 15 Sept, Tim Benton; 21 Sept, Inua Ellams, Suzanne Filteau and Tara Garnett; 22 Sept, Jay Rayner and Tim Benton; 28 Sept, Caroline Drummond; 29 Sept, Tim Lang







Thursday 3 September

Giant Otters of the Amazon: Natural World, 10pm, BBC4

Stephen Fry in Central America, more meanderings, 9pm, ITV

In Business: Colombian Women, 8.30pm, R4