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Human rights watching

The Human Rights Watch Film Festival returns in March with 16 documentaries that grapple with the challenges of defending human rights around the world today.
from Human Rights Watch on Feb 25, 2017.

The would-be president who aspires to Greatness

Where else can you see play about a socialist who wants to become president of Africa’s most populous country?
from Daniel Nelson on Feb 25, 2017.

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More than 200 artists, musicians, writers and art professionals from 40 countries have pledged to take part in a series of exhibitions and art projects around the world (beginning in March) that aim to confront the rise of rightwing populism. Contributors to the global art project, Hands Off Our Revolutionwhich launches on 16 February with an animated web banner created by British artist Mark Titchner, include John Akomfrah (UK), Tammam Azzam (Syria) Fiona Banner (UK), Yto Barrada (Morocco/US), Iwona Blazwick (UK), Adam Broomberg (South Africa/UK), Hasan Elahi (Bangladesh/US), Okwui Enwezor (Nigeria), Alfredo Jaar (Chile/US), Emily Jacir (Palestine), Isaac Julien (UK), Anish Kapoor (India/UK), William Kentridge (South Africa), Sigalit Landau (Israel), Steve McQueen (UK), Cuauhtémoc Medina (Mexico), Frances Morris (UK), Cornelia Parker (UK), Walid Raad (Lebanon), Yinka Shonibare (Nigeria/UK), Mark Wallinger (UK), Richard Wentworth (UK) and Marina Warner (UK). The full list is here 

web banner created by artist Mark Titchner for the launch of Hands Off Our Revolution


“We artists are united in our mission to counter small minded prejudice. Our art affirms our humanity and we insist on inclusion of all and for all. We call for action by people of good conscience to stand against the abhorrent policies of the governments that claim to represent us.” Anish Kapoor, sculptor


“We live in challenging times, to do nothing is to be complicit with intolerance and cruelty. We must all unite, regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation, to oppose all forms of bigotry. Populism must never be a guide to our conduct, empathy should be our guide. As artists we bear witness and we must never be silent or be silenced.” Yinka Shonibare, artist 


“Artists need to stay in touch with each other more than ever and to focus on making clear effective and artful plans for resistance.” Laurie Anderson, artist, composer, musician and film director 


"Economies and communities once flourished around jobs in industry, manufacturing and agriculture, jobs that are disappearing with no alternative in sight. Yet I have not heard a single politician put forward a credible strategy for devising inclusive, rewarding and sustainable forms of work. Which is why culture must step in.” Iwona Blazwick, director of Whitechapel Gallery, London


"NO to the society that demands we all be alike. NO to the coercion to consume and conform. NO to the poisoned world that drives its people to flee into introspection and solitude. NO to the dislocation, depression and anger this breeds. Art is for empathy. Art is for loving your brothers and your sisters and yourself. Art is for a chance to live.” Mark Titchner, artist 


“Siegfried Kracauer said that the artist’s “tasks multiply in proportion to the world’s loss of reality.” Indeed, we are faced today, almost on an hourly basis, with a manifold of ugly realities. There is no time to lose: we not only have to resist, artists have to keep us awake instead of putting us to sleep. You can't please all!” Chris Dercon, historian and curator, former director of Tate Modern in London, and designated director of Volksbühne Berlin.



Photo, right:  India In A DayIndia’s largest crowd-sourced documentary, is devoted to what it means to be alive in India today. Compiled on 10 October 2015, the footage is made up of a variety of anecdotes and moments, submitted by people from across the country, from Rajasthan to Kerala. It's part of the London Indian Film Festival on 9-19 March.India In A Day


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Monday 27 February

* Street Spirit: The Power of Protest and Mischief, Steve Crawshaw, 7pm, £12.50/£10, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 7479 8940

* Democratic Transitions in the Arab World, Samir Makdisi, Ibrahim El- Badawi, Noha El-Mikawy, 6pm, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info: 7898 4330/4490

* Turbulent times ahead for air travel?, Paul Williams, 6.30-8pm, free, The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, SW1. Info: 7451 2500 

* Is this the Asian Century?, Jonathan Fenby, Rana Mitter, Linda Yuah, Gideon Rachman, 8.30pm, £10.50, King’s Place, 90 York Way, N1. Part of Jewish Book Week. Info: 7520 1490/

* Capitalism for sustainable and inclusive growth, Michael Jacobs, 12:30-2pm, Overseas Development Institute, Blackfriars Road, SE1. Info;

* Taxes for Peace Bill Rally, Jonathan Cohen, Symon Hill , 7-9pm, Friends House, 173-177 Euston Road, NW1. Info: Stop the War Coalition


Tuesday 28 February

* Rethinking Economic Policy for Social Justice: the radical potential of human rights, Radhika Balakrishnan, Diane Elson, James Heintz, 6.30-8pm, London School of Economics, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields. Info: 

* Worth Dying For?, Tim Marshall, 7pm, £10, King’s Place, 90 York Way, N1. Part of Jewish Book Week. Info: 7520 1490/

* Dance, Movement, Refugees and Migration, short talks about about dance/movemement, refugees and migration, free, 10.30am-1pm, Greenwich Dance, Royal Hill, SE1. Info: Platforma

* Ecuador Votes 2017: What is the Future of the Left in Latin America?, Grace Livingstone, Mark Keller, 6-7.30pm, Canning House, 15 Belgrave Square, SW1


Wednesday 1 March

* Fake news: Inside the problem and how to fix it, James Ball, Alastair Reed, 6.30pm, City University, Northampton Square, EC1. Info: 7040 5060

* Dispatches from the Kabul Café, Heidi Kingstone, 1pm, £8, JW3, 341-351 Finchley Road, NW3. Info: 7433 8988. Part of Jewish Book Week

* National Refugee Women’s Conference: Building a better asylum system, Mina Jaf, Zrinka Bralo, Marchu Girma, Hannah Pool, Nimco Ali, Kat Banyard, 10am, Amnesty International, 25 New Inn Yard, EC2. Info: 250 1239/

* What institutions do countries really need?, Rory Stewart MP, Luís-Felipe López-Calva,  Leni Wild,  Mushtaq Khan, Duncan Green, UK launch of World Bank Development Report, 10-11:30am, Overseas Development Institute, 203 Blackfriars Road, SE1. Info: 7922 0300/

* Commonwealth and challenges to media freedom in South Asia, Sanjoy Hazarika, Rita Payne, Salil Tripathi,  6pm, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, Senate House, Malet Street, WC1. Info: 7862 8653

* Launch of 'Climate Change and the Health of Nations’, Tony McMichael, 5-7pm, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, WC1. Info: 7636 8636


Thursday 2 March

* The Female Economic Growth Factor, Gabriela Ramos, Hiroshi Matsuura, Averil MacDonald, Reiko Kuroda, Vandita Pant, Lynn Collier, 9am-midday, Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street, W1. Info: 7307 5458

* EU Law and the Politics of 'Mass Influx’, Cathryn Costello, 6pm, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, 17 Russell Square, WC1. Info: Eventbrite

* ‘Truth for Giulio Regeni!’ Transnational Activism and Human Rights Violations in Egypt, Sherif Azer  John Chalcraft, Shane Enright , Liesbeth Ten Ham, Ayça Çubukçu, 6pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2


Saturday 4-Sunday 5 March

* Migrant Connections Festival, discussions and workshops on issues around detention, the asylum process, mental health, education access, strategies for building effective solidarity, as well as music, spoken word and theatrical performances, an art exhibition, film screenings, and art workshops, 10am, Praxis, Pott Street, E2. Info: Festival


Monday 6 March

* Islam and the West, reality and myth of a troubled relationship, Andy Haines, 6.45pm, £3/£2, Friends of Le Monde, The Gallery, 77 Cowcross Street. Info:

* African Democracy: Is Gambia an Exception or a Turning Point?, Jerome Starkey, Ludovica Iaccino, 7pm, £12.50, £10, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 7479 8940

* Climate change: catastrophe, hoax or just lukewarm?, Tim Palmer, 6.30-7.30pm, free, The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, SW1. Info: 7451 2500

* The inconvenient Muslim: An evening to launch Homegrown, 6.30-8pm, £5.90, The Young Vic, 66 The Cut, SE1. Info: 

* Evidence-informed decision-making in a complex world, Gita Sen, Irene Guijt @guijti,  Nasreen Jessani, 4-5.30pm, Overseas Development Institute, 203 Blackfriars Road, SE1. Info: 7922 0300/










Incoming, using an advanced thermographic weapons and border imaging technology that can see beyond 30 kilometres, registering a heat signature of relative temperature difference, Richard Mosse’s artwork is about the refugee crisis unfolding in the Aegean Sea, off the coast of Libya, in Syria, the Sahara, the Persian Gulf, and elsewhere, free, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2, until 23 April. Info: 7638 4141

+ Weapon turned into a witness to highlight the plight of migrants


Making Jamaica: Photography from the 1890s, the history of how the images of modern Jamaica as a tourist destination – and tropical commodity – was created through photography, Autograph ABNP, Rivington Street, until 18 April. Info: 7739 7855


Bangla Is Not My Mother Tongue, Saif Osmani's paintings trace the remnants and resurgence of Sylheti Nagri, Husk Gallery, 649 Commercial Road, Limehouse, E14, until 27 February. Info:


Child's Play, Mark Neville's photographs about the right to play includes images from refugee camps and war zones, The Foundling Museum, WC1, until 30 April


Wildlife Photographer of the Year, the best of 50,00 entries from 95 countries, Natural History Museum, South Kensington, until 10 September. Info: 7942 5000/

+ Wildlife photography judges bark up the right tree


* Mahwish Chishty, the Pakistan-born US-based artist’s work combines silhouettes of military drones with decorative Pakistani folk art patterns to highlight the way in which foreign drones over Pakistan have become a feature of the physical, psychological and cultural environment of the country, free, Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, SE1, until 19 March. Info: 7416 5000

+ Chishty introduces her work

20 MarchCovert War and Cultures Colliding, discussion with Chishty, Lisa Barnard and Clare Carolin on the challenges of creating artworks which represent and comment on covert war, 2pm, free. Info: Booking


* Afghanistan: Reflections on Helmand, examines the British arrival in 2006 and the decisions that shaped the way the conflict escalated, exploring the impact on those who were there and the lessons learned, Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, SE1, until 26 November. Info: 7416 5000


* From Amazon to Africa: Celebrating 30 Years of the Gaia Foundation, film, photography and ethnographic artifacts, Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, EC1, until 30 April. Info: 7324 2570/


* Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line, how maps made the world we live in, British Library, Euston Road, NW1, until 1 March. Info: (0)1937 546546


* Edmund Clark: War of Terror, the artist-photographer's work on hidden aspects of state control during the "Global War on Terror", free, Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, SE1, until 28 August. Info: 7416 5000


* Rapid Response Collecting, tiny but fascinating exhbit that ranges from cheap Indonesian-made eyelashes to shoes that show Western designers' belated realisation that the pink colour 'nude' did not apply to all the world's population, free, Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road

+ Burkinis and bullets at the V&A


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


* Making Nature: How we see animals, free, Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, NW1, until 21 May. Info:




* Image, below right: Richard Mosse's exhibition, Incoming, is at the Barbican: "I am European. I am complicit. I wanted to foreground this perspective in a way, to try to see refugees and illegal immigrants as our governments see them. I wanted to enter into that logic in order to create an image that reveals it. So I chose to represent these stories, really a journey or series of journeys, using an ambivalent and perhaps sinister new European weapons camera technology. The camera is intrusive of individual privacy, yet the imagery that this technology produces is so dehumanised – the person literally glows – that the medium anonymizes."

Venice Biennale: Irish Pavilion








* Lion, drama about an Indian boy adopted by an Australian couple who seeks out his original family, Odeon Covent Garden, Dalston Rio, East Finchley Phoenix, Kensal Rise Lexi


* Denial, film about the true story of David Irving's thankfully unsuccessful legal attempt to undermine the reality of the Holocaust - given topical urgency by current controversy over our "post-truth" society, Wimbledon HMV Curzon;  27 Feb, Everyman on the Corner, Screen on the Green, Maida Vale Everyman; 1 Mar, Barnes Olympic Studios


* P.S. Jerusalem, returning to her hometown with her young family after several years abroad, Danae Elon offers an intimate, ground's eye view of one of the most fiercely contested cities in the world, 6.30pm, £9/£7, Curzon Bloomsbury, until 1 March


Monday 27 February

* The Viceroy's House, the Viceroy is Lord Mountbatten, charged with handing India back to its people. Mountbatten. He lived upstairs together with his wife and daughter. Downstairs lived their 500 Hindu, Muslim and Sikh servants + Q&A with director Gurinder Chadha, 6.30pm, Curzon Mayfair


Wednesday 1 March

* Viceroy's House, intrigue and gossip in Lord Mountbatten's household in 1947 Delhi, 6.30pm, Barbican Cinemas

Cameraperson, odd but strangely compelling episodic assembly of shots by professional cameraperson Kirsten Johnson, Peckham Montpelier


Thursday 2 March

* Talking about Human Rights, Dwayne Menezes presents his short film, My Enemy, My Brother, on two Iranian and Iraqi refugees in Canada, followed by discussion on film as a medium to promote dialogue about refugee rights, 6pm, Senate House, Malet Street, WC1. Info: 7862 8871


Saturday 4 March

* The Nights of Zayandeh-Rood, Mohsen Makhmalbaf introduces a partial restoration of his 1991 film, which has a complex history entwined with Iranian political history. The film is about the struggles of a university lecturer and his daughter, before, during and after the 1979 cultural revolution, 4.30pm, Curzon Bloomsbury  


Monday 6 March

* Viceroy's House, intrigue and gossip in Lord Mountbatten's household in 1947 Delhi, + Q&A, Belsize Park Everyman










The Kite Runner, Afghanistan is on the verge of war and two childhood friends are about to be torn apart. But neither Hassan or Amir can foresee the incident that will shatter their lives, Wyndham's Theatre, 32 Charing Cross Road, WC2, until 11 March. Info: Tickets/ 0844 482 5138


* The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin, off-Broadway musical about how women have been defined by others and themselves from the 1960s to present day, with a score fusing Motown, pop and R&B, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Gerry Raffles Square, E15, until 11 March. Info: 8534 0310/


* New Nigerians, political satire by British-Nigerian writer Oladipo Agboluaje, Arcola Theatre, Ashwin Street, E8, until 11 March. Info: 7503 1646

+ Plenty of laughs as a socialist heads for power in Nigeria

The would-be president who aspires to greatness/


* Chigger Foot Boys, based on tevents in the lives of Jamaicans who fought in World War One and set amid the banter in a rum bar near Kingston Harbour, four young men tell their stories of death and glory as the end of the British Empire looms, Tara Theatre, 356 Garratt Lane, SW18, until 11 March. Info: 8333 4457/ TARA@TARA-ARTS.COM


* Grounded, gripping play about a female drone pilot, Gate Theatre, 11 Pembridge Road, W11, until 18 March. Info: 7229 0706


from Tuesday 28 February 

* My Country: A Work in Progress, National Theatre, a play based on words gathered during a National Theatre nationwide listening project in the wake of the Brexit vote, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1, £15-£35, until 22 March, then on tour


Wednesday 1 March

Waiting, an account of the writer’s time volunteering at the ‘unofficial women and children’s centre’ in Calais, 6.45pm, 7.45pm, 8.45pm, 9.45pm, The Vaults, SE1. info: 7401 9603


from Wednesday 1 March

* Labels, solo show about being mixed heritage and racism, £12, The Vaults, SE1, until 5 March. info: 7401 9603


Thursday 2 March

* UK asylum, first-hand accounts of the UK asylum system in the words of people who have experienced it, told by members of the Actors For Human Rights network, including testimonies from individuals claiming asylum on the basis of their sexuality, 6.15pm, 7.15pm, 8.15pm, 9.15pm, £5, The Vaults, Leake Street, SE1. Info: Vault Festival 


Sunday 5 March

* Upfront Comedy, Kat B, Aurie Styla, Athena Kugblenu, Ola, 7.30pm, £15/£12, Kilburn Tricycle. Info: 7328 1000/ 

from Wednesday 8 March

Made in India, three women meet in a surrogacy clinic in Gujarat, Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, W1, until 25 March. Info: 7478 0100

+ 15 March, post-show Q&A









Monday 27 February

* Born Too White, excellent, sad and alarming exploration of the plight of albinos in Tanzania and Malawi, 11pm, BBC4

* Has Political Correctness Gone Mad?, 11pm, C4

* Walking the Nile, 1am, C4

* Neither Here Nor There, what helps and hinders integration, 1.45pm, R4


Tuesday 28 February

+ Planet Earth 11, 10.25pm, BBC4

* Neither Here Nor There, divisions among Guyanese expats in the US, 1.45pm, R4

* Costing the Earth, 3.30pm, R4


Wednesday 1 March

* Wild China, 8pm, BBC4

* Neither Here Nor There, 1.45pm, R4

* Costing the Earth, 9pm, R4


Thursday 2 March

* Thailand, Earth's Tropical Paradise, 8pm, BBC4

* Neither Here Nor There, experiences of migration, 1.45pm, R4

* Radioactive Art, the nuclear industry turns to artists for help in marking waste sites,  11.30am, R4


Friday 3 March

* Philip Schofield's South African Adventure, shopping in Cape Town, 8pm, ITV

* Neither Here Nor There, experiences of migration, 1.45pm, R4