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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 Nov 23, 2014.
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Developing countries fight for space on the Southbank

The Southbank Centre’s 2015 programme is rich and varied – and half its events are free – but is disappointingly light on African, Asian and Latin American events.
from Daniel Nelson on Nov 28, 2014.
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* This week's talks include Latin America- Adelante!, a day-long conference; Obiageli 'Oby' Ezekwesili on Africa Rising? What will happen when her citizens arise; Sandi Toksvig, Billy Bragg, Shami Chakrabarti, Vanessa Redgrave at the The Liberty Human Rights Awards; and Nadifa Mohamed, Chibundu Onuzo and Tope Folarin on what it means to be a ‘Diaspora’ writer; Documenting Disasters: Ten years on from the Indian Ocean tsunami; The evolving humanitarian system: a truly global approach?; a conferece on Nelson Mandela: Myth & Reality - and much more.


*  The National Theatre is staging two fascinating theatre productions. Here Lies Love is a musical that traces the journey of Imelda Marcos, former First Lady of the Philippines, from her meteoric rise to power to descent into infamy and disgrace. Now there's  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's another musical on an unlikely topic: 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. 

 

* Two interesting film festivals are unerway: the Palestine festival, from 28 November to 4 December and Discovering Latin America..

 

* Below, right: Latin America- Adelante! conference,at TUC Congress House, with sessions on virtually every country in the region, including After Chavez, the Empire Strikes Back; Cuba’s response to the Ebola crisis and 50 years of Cuban international assistance; For Peace, Development & Progress – The New Latin America in the World Today; Elections in Bolivia, Brazil and Uruguay: How the Latin American Left moves forward; and Ecuador’s Citizens’ Revolution: from neo-liberal failure to social justice for all.


Daniel Nelsoné sol no brasil

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TALKS AND MEETINGS 

 

 

Saturday 29 November

* Latin America- Adelante! conference, 9.15am–5pm, TUC Congress House, Great Russell Street, WC1. Sessions include: After Chavez, the Empire Strikes Back – Defending Venezuela Against US Intervention; Media Lies & Violent destabilisation; Cuba’s response to the Ebola crisis and 50 years of Cuban international assistance; Peace and Protest in Colombia; Europe, Latin America & Alternatives to Neo-Liberalism; For Peace, Development & Progress – The New Latin America in the World Today;Elections in Bolivia, Brazil and Uruguay: How the Latin American Left moves forward; Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras & El Salvador: Resistance and Progress; Ecuador’s Citizens’ Revolution: from neo-liberal failure to social justice for all; plus films

 

Monday 1 December

* Globalization Since Bhopal: Three Decades of Environmental Disaster, Vandana Shiva and Ravi Rajan, 6.30-9.30pm, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info: ga3@soas.ac.uk/ 7898 4557

* 'Africa Rising? What will happen when her citizens arise', Obiageli 'Oby' Ezekwesili, 6-8pm, Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, W1. Info:  RSVP@royalafricansociety.org 

* The Liberty Human Rights Awards, Sandi Toksvig, Billy Bragg, Shami Chakrabarti, Vanessa Redgrave, 7pm, £10, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SW1. Info: 7960 4200

* Africa 39, Nadifa Mohamed (Somalia), Chibundu Onuzo (Nigeria) and Tope Folarin (Nigeria) discuss their writing and what it means to be a ‘Diaspora’ writer, 6.30pm, £4, Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, EC1. Info: 7324 2570/ info@freewordcentre.com

* Truth in the Age of Twitter, Matthew Winkler, 6:30pm, City University, A130, College Building, St John Street, EC1

* Ethics Matters in Climate Change, John Broome, 6.30pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC1. Info: events@lse.ac.uk/ 7955 6043

* Bollywood’s India Hindi Cinema as a Guide to Contemporary India, Rachel Dwyer, Faisal Devji and Charlie Henniker, 6.30pm, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info: ssai@soas.ac.uk/ 7898 4390

 

Tuesday 2 December

* Talking About Human Rights, Rachel Krys, 9.15-10.30am, £10-£45, Resource for London, 356 Holloway Road, N7 

* Public Relations: The Master Now, John Lloyd, 6pm, free, Royal Society of Arts,  8 John Adam Street, WC2. Info: 7451 6868/ rsa.events@rsa.org.uk 

* Open Government in the Age of Total War,  Matthew Connelly, 6.30pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC1. Info: events@lse.ac.uk/ 7955 6043

* Dying for solutions: trials of interventions to reduce early mortality, Alison Grant; Shabbar Jaffar; Stephen Lawn, 12:45-1:45pm, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, WC1. Info: events@lshtm.ac.uk

* Why Yemen matters: Development, Security and the rhetoric of Unity, Helen Lackner, 5.45pm, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info:  vp6@soas.ac.uk/ 7898 4330

 

Wednesday 3 December

* Documenting Disasters: Ten years on from the Indian Ocean tsunami, Joseph Cabon, Nick Guttmann, Imogen Wall, 7pm, £12.50, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: events@frontlineclub.com/ 7479 8940

* Campaigning against global poverty and injustice, Rafeef Ziadah, 2pm, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info: al29@soas.ac.uk/ 7898 4690 

* Does poverty drive violence against children?, Nicola Jones, Rachel Marcus, Kiya Gezahegne, Laura Camfield, Richard Morgan, midday-1.30pm, free, Overseas Development Institute, 203 Blackfriars Road, SE1. Info: 7922 0300

* Human Rights: Developments, Sir Geoffrey Nice QC, 6pm, free, Gresham College, Barnard’s Inn Hall, Holborn, EC1. Info: 7831 0575/ enquiries@gresham.ac.uk

* Joint Seminar: Gender Violence & Persons with Disabilities, Karen Devries, Maria Zuurmond and Morgan Banks, 12:45-2pm, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, WC1. Info: events@lshtm.ac.uk

* Conflicting Waters in the Middle East: An Overview of the Hydropolitical Stakes,  François Boëdec, 7pm, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info: ledc@soas.ac.uk

 

Thursday 4 December

* The Political Economy of Climate Change, Robin Hahnel, 1pm, free, Royal Society of Arts,  8 John Adam Street, WC2. Info: 7451 6868/ rsa.events@rsa.org.uk 

* Crooked Timber of Mankind: Reflections on the 1984 Anti-Sikh Pogroms, Swaran Singh, 6.30-9.30pm, Wiener Library, 29 Russell Square, WC1. Info: http://www.wienerlibrary.co.uk/Whats-On?item=166 Booking/ 7636 7247

* The evolving humanitarian system: a truly global approach?, 7.30-8.30pm, free, Overseas Development Institute, 203 Blackfriars Road, SE1. Info: 7922 0300/ odi@odi.org.uk/ http://www.odi.org.uk

* Greenness in Business and the City, Carolyn Roberts, 6pm, Gresham College, Barnard’s Inn Hall, Holborn, EC1. Info: 7831 0575/ enquiries@gresham.ac.uk

* Late developer? Afghanistan’s agrarian economy and its possibilities for transformation, Adam Pain, 5.15pm, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info: jl2@soas.ac.uk/ 7898 4505

* Welfare in the Warfare State: Nazi social policy on the international stage, Kiran Klaus Patel, 6.30pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info: events@lse.ac.uk/ 7955 6043

* Of Water, speakers include Lorenzo Pezzani on Liquid Traces: Investigating the deaths of migrants at the EU’s maritime frontier, 6-8pm, University of Westminster, 35 Marylebone Road, W1. Info: 7911 5000

 

Friday 5 December

* Nelson Mandela: Myth & Reality, conference with Khalo Matabane, Stephen Ellis, Tom Lodge, Moses Anafu, Hugh MacMillan, Saul Dubow, Funmi Olonisakin, Desne Masie, Knox Chitiyo, Paul Holden, Merle Lipton, Winston Mano, Peter Biles, Richard Dowden, £15/£30, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, Senate House, Malet Street, WC1.  Info: Registration

* China and Responsible Protection, Ruan Zongze, 6.30pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info: events@lse.ac.uk/ 7955 6043

* Do interventions to prevent violence against women affect children?, Nambusi Kyegombe, 12:45-2pm, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, WC1. Info: events@lshtm.ac.uk

* Political Prisoners and the Challenge of Democracy in Pakistan, Mahvish Ahmad and Ammar Ali Jan, 6pm, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info:  ssai@soas.ac.uk/ 7898 4390

* Global China: past and present, Jonathan Fenby, Steve Tsang, Elizabeth Wright, Linda Yueh, 6.30–7.30pm, £5/£3, British Museum, Great Russell Street, WC1. Info: 7323 8181

* Discover Korean History, Do-Hyung Kim, 6.30pm, Korean Cultural Centre, 1-3 Strand, WC2

 

Friday 5-Sunday 7 December

* Building an Alliance Against Secrecy, Surveillance and Censorship, John Pilger, Seymour Hersh, Laura Poitras, Lowell Bergman, Charles Lewis, Julian Assange, Jacob Appelbaum, Annie Machon, Sarah Harrison, James Bamford, Susan Schuppli, Richard Stallman, Beatrice Edwards, Nicky Hager, Andy Müller-Maguhn, Olia Lialina, Karin Spaink, Ross Anderson, £60-£245, Barbican, Silk Street, EC2. Info: events@tcij.org/ 7717 2256

 

Saturday 6 December

* TEDxEuston: Facing Forward, Zain Asher, Binyavanga Wainaina, Kene Mkparu, Yvonne Owuor, Chude Jideonwo, Tutu Agyare, Agnes Binagwaho, Sunday Oliseh, Pius Adesanmi, Pumeza Matshikiza, 9am-11pm, £50/£70, The Mermaid Conference Centre, Puddle Dock, Blackfriars, EC4. Info: http://www.tedxeuston.com/

 

 

 

EXHIBITIONS

 


Bhopal: Facing 30, photographs, 9am-5pm, Human Rights Action Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, EC2, until 12 December. Info: www.bhopalfacing30.wordpress.com


The 1984 Anti-Sikh Pogroms Remembered, photographs and text, Wiener Library, 29 Russell Square, WC1, until 23 December. Info: info@wienerlibrary.co.uk/ http://www.wienerlibrary.co.uk/

No justice for 1984 anti-Sikh bloodshed

 

* Tangled Yarnsexplores the politics and morality of the textile industry and the cotton trade, beginning with  the violent campaign by English weavers against imported Indian cotton in the early 18th century, when gangs attacked women wearing patterned cotton gowns or petticoats, to the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory building, which killed 1,138 Bangladeshi garment workers, William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park, Forest Road, E17, until 25 January. Info: 8496 4390

 

Conflict, Time, Photography, photographers who have looked back at moments of conflict, from seconds after a bomb is detonated to 100 years after a war has ended, £14.50/ £12.50, Tate Modern, bankside, SE1, until 15 March. Info: http://www.tate.org.uk/ 7887 8888

+ Photographers at war: 'Max Max collides with the Canterury Tales'

War photography: what happens after the conflict?

 

HIV/AIDS: Controlling and eradicating a modern epidemic, exhibition examining the development of prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS and research underway at the School, 10:00am-4pm, London School of Hygiene Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, WC1, until 30 December. Info: events@lshtm.ac.uk

 

* 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

 

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, V&A 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: info@rivingtonplace.org/ 7749 1240/  Exhibition/ 

+ Ending the historical absence of the black presence 

 

* 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 architecture in the picture

 

* Voice of Freedom, exhibition from work with a project that supports African women who have escaped trafficking in the Sudan and Sinai, by appointment, Matrix Chambers, Griffin Building, Gray's Inn, WC1, until 30 December. Info: matt@photovoice.org for admission details. Info:  VoF website 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

End User, the title refers to the general public who must usually agree to an End User License Agreement, an often-mindless 'one-click' legal contract that binds us, and all of our information to these companies, free, Hayward Gallery Project Space, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SW1, until 18 January. Info: Southbank 

 

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/ info@museumoflondon.org.uk

 

* 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/ reception@buildingcentre.co.ukCentre

 

Saturday 29-Sunday 30 November

* Exploring migrant stories, photos, films, audio, comic strips and music by diverse Londoners, free, 10am-6pm/ 10am-5pm, Paddington Arts, 32 Woodfield Roa, W9 . Info: 7286 2722/   EmilyCZ@migrant@migrants.org.uk/ http://www.paddingtonarts.org.uk

 

Monday 1-Monday 22 December and 5-9 January

* India’s Disappearing Railways: A Photographic Journey, Angus McDonald'S photographs, Mon-Friday 10am-8pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, free, Royal Geograophical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, SW7. Infdo: 7591 3000

 

Image: Tangled Yarns explores the politics and morality of the textile industry and the cotton trade, from the 18th century to the present day.

Alke Schmidt: Tangled Yarns

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FILM

 

* CitizenFour, documentary about Edward Snowden, Prince Charles Cinema,  ICA, Odeon Panton Street, Tricycle

 

* InRealLife, fascinating, wonderfully frank documentary about the effects of the Internet on teenagers, £3-£6,  ICA, The Mall, SW1, until 4 December. Info: http://www.ica.orhg.uk

 

* We Are The Giant, documentary filmed largely in secret that shows the lives of six ordinary citizens in the Middle East  grappling with the question of whether to take up arms and fight or to stick to non-violence, Curzon Victoria, St James's Park, SW1

+ We are the people, we are the giant

 

Concerning Violence, illuminating (and occasionally graphically shocking) essay on the African liberation movements of the '60s and '70s, with footage of Thomas Sankara and Amilcar Cabral, held together by the spoken words of Frantz Fanon’s study 'The Wretched of the Earth'; ICA, Curzon Victoria, until 4 December; BFI, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1, until 9 December. Info: 7928 3232

Colonialism: where violence begets violence 

 

* Argentine Film Festival, until 30 NovemberProgramme includes 30 Nov, Street Years, documentary that follows four street-kids over 12 years, 3pm, Brixton Ritzy

 

* Discovering Latin America Film Festival, "critically acclaimed gems and quality entertainment films that until now have remained secrets outside Latin America itself", until 4 December.  Programme includes Distance, Tomas Choc's 150 kilometre journey to see Lucía, his only living daughter, kidnapped 20 years ago by the Guatemalan army;  Meet My World, 'How-to' films written by indigenous children from the Andes of Peru.

* London Palestine Film Festival, until 4 December. Info: Programme

+ 29 Nov, Giraffada, family-friendly drama in which 10-year-old Ziad and his zoo veterinarian father embark on a journey to save the West Bank’s only giraffe.

My Love Awaits Me By The Sea, documentary chronicles the director’s first journey back to her homeland, Palestine

+ 30 Nov, Villa Touma, dark comedy of manners about the three unmarried sisters who retreat to the family’s crumbling Ramallah villa

+ 1 Dec, Cinema Palestine, documentary exploring the life and work of several generations of Palestinian filmmakers

+ 2 Dec, Mars at Sunrise, Inspired by the testimony of an artist subjected to torture

+ 3 Dec, The Palestinians, documentary + panel with Taylor Downing, Mike Dibbon and others on Palestine on UK television

+ 4 Dec, Ramallah: A Triple Bill, three different accounts of the city

 

Saturday 29 November

* Benda Belili, joyous documentary about a band of disabled Congolese street musicians, 1pm, Free, Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road. Info: 7613 7498/ http://www.richmix.org.uk/whats-on/event/film-screening-benda-bilili/

* Syrian Shorts Programme, "personal dramas and thoughtful documentaries from everyday Syrians", 8.40pm, BFI, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1. Info: 7928 3232

 

Sunday 30 November

* Manakanama, 11 unedited encounters from inside a cable car in Nepal, shot entirely with a fixed camera, 11am, Hackney Picturehouse, 270 Mare Street, E8. Info: 0871 902 5734/ hackney@picturehouses.co.uk

+ Eleven journeys in a Nepalese cable-car

 

Tuesday 2 December

* Unchosen: Voices from Modern-Day Slavery, films and photography about modern slavery, 6-9pm, £15/£25 proceeds to Photovoice's participatory photography project that works with formerly trafficked women in the UK, Israel and Ethiopia, O2 Hub, 16 Hoxton Square, N1. Info: http://bit.ly/VOFunchosen Booking

* I Am Yours, feature about Mina, a 27-year-old actress, second generation Pakistani and single mother of four-year-old Felix. She’s separated from her husband, whom her family adore, 6.30pm, ArtHouse Crouch End. Info: http://www.day-for-night.org/nff-i-am-yours

 

 

PERFORMANCE

 

Behind the Beautiful Forevers, David Hare's adaptation of Katherine Boo's book about life in Mumbai shantytown, National Theatre, Southbank, SE1. Info: 7452 3000/ Production

The slumdogs who aren't millionaires

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: A spotlight on Mumbai's poor

 

* 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 Scottsboro Boys, an infamous story of injustice against nine African-Americans  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/ ScottsboroMusicalLondon.com

+ The black and black minstrel show

 

* East is East, revival of British comedy about growing up in a mixed-race family in 1970s Salford, Trafalgar Studios, until 3 January. Info: 0844 871 7632

 

* State Red, short sharp drama about a mixed race cop, and his black mother, white father and white boyhood friend, which cleverly combines personal family struggle against the need to challenge racism in the Met, £10/£12, Hampstead Theatre, Swiss Cottage, SW3 until 6 December. Info: 7722 9301

 

* Theatre Uncut, playwrights respond to the political situation and make the plays available for anyone to perform, here, each performance here will be followed by Q&A on issues raised by the plays, 7pm except Sundays 5.30pm, Soho Theatre, Dean Street, W1, until 30 November. Info: Theatre Uncut

 

* Olaudah Equiano, The Enslaved African, fact-based drama, £5/£8/£9/£10,  Sutton House, 2 and 4 Homerton High Street, E9, until 29 November. Info: 8986 2264/ suttonhouse@nationaltrust.org.uk

 

Saturday 29-Sunday 30 November

* A Song of Good and Evil, human rights lawyer Philippe Sands narrates an original piece exploring modern justice through words and music by Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Aragon, Mizraki and Leonard Cohen, £20/£15, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1. Info.0844 847 9911

 

from Sunday 30 November

* Obama-ology, When African-American college graduate Warren takes a job with the 2008 Obama campaign, he’s fired up  – until he lands in the troubled streets of East Cleveland and learns that changing society isn’t as easy as he imagined, Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, SW10. Info: 0844 847 1652/ Finborough

 

Monday 1-Saturday 13 December

* Mark Thomas: Cuckooed, the true story of how he discovered his close friend was spying on him for Britain's biggest arms dealer, winner of Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award at the Edinburgh Fringe, £23/£19/£16, Tricycle Theatre, 269 Kilburn High Road, NW6. Info:  7328 1000/ 7372 6611/ info@tricycle.co.uk

 

 

 

TV AND RADIO

 

Friday 28 November

* Syria: Bread and Bombs, black comedy, 10.45am, 7.45pm, R4

* Terror Through Time, Northern Ireland, 1.45pm, R4

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