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India on film

A celebration of the diversity of Indian filmmaking and films about India – from Bollywood to Tollywood (home of Telugu and Bengali cinema).
from BFI on Jun 24, 2017.

There's no argument - he's an Indian who enjoys arguing, quietly

'The Argumentative Indian' is the title of a book by Indian academic Amartya Sen ("No famine has ever taken place in a functioning democracy") but a documentary of that name about Sen is determinedly undisputatious.
from Daniel Nelson on Jun 24, 2017.

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* A couple of chances to see India on film coming up: the London Indian Film Festival runs until 29 June, while India on Film continues at the BFI Southbank.


* A political thriller about  the peace negotiations that led to the 1993 agreement between the Palestine Liberation Organisation and Israel is coming to the National Theatre in September, followed by a run at the Harold Pinter Theatre. Oslo has been a hit on Broadway, and focuses on the roles of a Norwegian diplomat, who is now the ambassador to the UK, and her husband.


Asian theatremakers have warned that a “severe lack of representation” on stage is resulting in Asian audiences abandoning the arts. The warning follows the release of a Department for Culture, Media, and Sport report that found Asian audience engagement to be lower than that for both black and white communities, and that it had decreased by seven percentage points over the past 10 years. Full story in The Stage


The BBC’s first period drama with an entirely non-white cast will begin filming later this year. Vikram Seth’s novel A Suitable Boy, set in post-partition India, will be adapted into an eight-part series by screenwriter Andrew Davies. Davies has previously penned several major literary adaptations for the BBC, including Bleak House in 2005 and 2016’s War and Peace. Full story in The Stage.


An "adventurous programme of exhibitions, events and education workshops telling stories of movement to and from Britain" is promised by the Migration Museum, in a space just off Albert Embankment.This month sees Call Me by My Name: Stories from Calais and Beyond and 100 Images of Migration. They will be followed by Keepsakes, a display of personal items that keep memories of migration and identity alive.



Photo, below right:  Congolese writer Alain Mabanckou is one of the stars of Africa WritesA weekend of contemporary African literature and thought, at the British Library: book launches, panels, storytelling, poetry and workshops. This festival showcases the best new writing from the continent and the diaspora alongside family activities and an international book fair.

  2016 Puterbaugh Festival Roundtable and Keynote Talk

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Monday 26 June

* Caribbean In/Securities and Creativity: Diasporic Dialogues, £35/40, British Library, Euston Road, NW1. Info: (0)1937 546546/


Monday 26 June

* Entrepreneurship and African industrialisation, Mario Pezzini, Jonathan Said, Desné Masie, 10-11:30am, Overseas Development Institute, 203 Blackfriars Road, SE1. Info: 7922 0300/

* Investigative Reporting in Mexico, Anabel Hernandez, 7pm, £12.50/£10pm, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 7269 9030

* Political Violence or Violent Politics?, Mary Roldán, Michel Misse, Rachel Sieder, Gareth Jones, 10am-4pm, The Court Room, Senate House, Malet Street, WC1. Info: 7862 8871

* UK Asian Filmmakers and Artists on the Edge of Brexit, discussion of challenges and opportunities of this new world, 6.45pm, £6.50, BFI Southbank


Tuesday 27 June

* Nine Tenths of the Law: Property, dispossession and human rights in South Africa, Stuart Wilson, Sarah Keenan, 6pm, British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, WC1. Info:  Booking


Wednesday 28 June

* Your Money or Your Life, Gary Younge on how immigration is understood in the current age and what the consequences are in terms of migration, social anxiety and democracy, 6.30–9.30pm, £10, Migration Museum at The Workshop, 26 Lambeth High Street, SE1. Info:  Booking

*  I’m OK, I’m Pig!, discussion about book by one of South Korea’s most important contemporary poets, 7pm, free, Korean Cultural Centre. Info: or call 020 7004 2600


Thursday 29 June

* Celebrating the literature of El Salvador, Horacio Castellanos Moya, 7pm, £10, 14 Bury Place, WC1. Info: 7269 9030

* Living with HIV in 2017, Sarah Fidler and Alan Winston discuss lifelong treatments for people living with HIV, 6-7.15pm, Imperial College, Huxley Building, 180 Queen's Gate, SW7. Info:


from Friday 30 June

* Africa Writes 2017, the Royal African Society’s annual literature festival, showcasing talent from Africa and its diaspora, including book launches, readings, author appearances, discussions, youth and children’s workshops, British Library, Euston Road, NW1, until 2 July. Programme incudes 1 July, The Chibok Girls by Helon Habila; 2 July, Alain Mabanckou in Conversation; Writing Blackness: Mostly Lit LIVE,  Alex Reads, Reckless Rai and Derek W; No Place To Call Home by JJ Bola & When We Speak of Nothing by Olumide Popoola. Info:


Sunday 2 July

* Survival of the Artist, William Wells, Abdullah Alkafri, Selma and Sofiane Ouissi, Shireen Atassi, Anthony Downey, Tamara Chalabi, Larissa Sansour, Maeve Brennan, Khaled Barakeh and Khaled Jarrar on how art is responding and can thrive in situations of conflict and censorship in the Arab world, including two live performances - an audio performance For the Absent Ones, and Zarah Al-Ghamdi’s construction of an installation about the loss of heritage in Saudi Arabia, 10am-5:30pm, £15/£12, The British Museum, Great Russell Street, WC1,. Info:


Monday 3 July

* Citizens Of The Archive: Uncovering Race and Poetry, exhibition of collection of poetry by writers of colour, highlighting the Caribbean Arts Movement, radical black publishers from the 1960s onwards, small press poetry, and materials such as pamphlets, posters, and audio recordings + reading and creative writing workshop activities anda panel discussion, Workshop and panel discussion 2–5.30pm; performance: 6.30–8pm, National Poetry Library, Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, SE1. Info: Southbank Centre 


Tuesday 4 July

* No Is Not Enough, Naomi Klein on the surreal political upheavals of recent months, 7:30pm, £15/£35, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1. Info: 3879 9555

* Global trade governance, Max Mendez-Parra, Jodie Keane, Daria Taglioni, 9:30-11am, Overseas Development Institute, 203 Blackfriars Road, SE1. Info: 7922 0300/











Life in Transit, photos  about life in the Calais Jungle and Dunkir refugee camps, free, Gallery 101, 101 Queen Victoria Street, EC4, until 6 July. Info:


Sergey Ponomarev: A Lens on Syria, more than 60 photographs on life in Government-controlled areas in 2013-2014. and on the plight of people seeking refuge in Europe in 2015-2016, Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, SE1, until 3 September. Info: 7416 5000. 

Museum takes on Syria and the war sparked by graffiti


Syria: Story of a Conflict, intimate display exploring the origins, escalations and impact of the Syria conflict through objects and video, Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, SE1, until 3 September. Info: 7416 5000


* Call Me by My Name: Stories from Calais and Beyond, multimedia exhibition + Images of Migration, Migration Museum at the Workshop,  26 Lambeth High Street, SE1, until 30 July. Info:

+ 28 June, Your Money or Your Life, Gary Younge, 6.30-9.30pm, Migration Museum

+ Mud on our feet: exhibitions fit for a migrant nation


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


Sephardi Voices: Jews from North Africa, the Middle East and Iran, exhibition that looks at their lives in Britain, Jewish Museum, Raymond Burton House, 129-131 Albert Street, NW, until 7 September. Info: 7284 7384


* 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


* 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


Double Take, Lebanese artist Akram Zaatari presents portraits from the studio of Hashem el Madani in which two people of the same sex kiss or embrace, exploring their specific cultural and political histories, free, National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, WC2, until 3 September. Info: 7306 0055


Mahtab Hussain: You Get Me?, photographs exploring identity among young working-class British Asian men, Autograph ABP, Rivington Place, EC2, until 1 July. Info:

+ 28 June, (In) visibility of Muslim Womern: Race, Gender and Representation, South Asian Women's Collective London, 7pm, £3


* Rapid Response Collecting, tiny but fascinating exhbit of new acquisitions that ranges from a Ghanaian "power bank phone" 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


* People Power: Fighting for Peace, exploration of how peace movements have influenced perceptions of war and conflict from the First World War to the present day, £10/£5/£7, Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, SE1, until 28 August. Info: 7416 5000/

+ 11 July, Where are we marching: the future of protest, 6.30-8pm, £12/£9

+ Britons and the fight for peace 

+ People Power



from Sunday 2 July

* I Am, peacebuilding exhibition promoting the work of 31 contemporary women artists from the Middle East, free, St Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Aquare, until 30 August. Infoi:

+ 4 July, Women, Art and the Middle East, artists panel, 7pm, The Crypt Gallery. Info: Exhibition 



Photo: Gulabi Gang, a documentary about Sampat Pal, who raised a gang of women to tackle abuse and injustice in rural Uttar Pradesh, is part of India on Film, which runs at the BFI until December, "celebrating the diversity of Indian filmmaking and films about India - from Bollywood to Tollywood (home of Telugu and Bengali cinema) - in cinemas and online.

Gulabi Gang








* The Other Side of Hope, a Syrian refugee meets a travelling salesman who leaves everything to run a restaurant in a remote part of Helsinki, Curzon Bloomsbury, ICA, Curzon Soho, Finchley Road JW3

* East End Film Festival, includes  1 July, City of Ghosts, powerful doc about the citizen journalists who have risked their lives to report on the daily atrocities of ISIS; Insyriated, politicised take on the home invasion thriller. Info:


* Origins Festival, celebrates the world’s indigenous cultures with film, art and discussion, until 25 June, Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, E1. Info:  Programme 


* Refugee Week Film Programme, includes HOME: Aamir, which follows a young man escaping the threat of murder in Sudan, and The Good Postman, a Bulgarian who challenges the establishment by proposing a radical policy of welcoming ‘refugees’, BFI Southbank, SE1, until 25 June.  Info: Specialprogramme  


* London Indian Film Festival, until 29 June.  Programme includes 25 June, The Cinema Travellers, documentary about India's travelling cinemas; 26, 28 June, A Billion Colour Story, as a Hindu-Muslim couple run into a financial problem, their son hatches a plan to save the day; 27 June, The Argumentative Indian, doc about Amartya Sen; 26 June, White Sun, searing portrait of post-civil war Nepal. Info:

+ There's no argument - he's an Indian who likes arguing, quietly


* Stranger in Paradise, film essay set in a classroom in Sicily on the mechanisms through which Europe tackles refugees’ desire for happiness, £3-£11, ICA, the Mall, SW1, part of  Crossings: Stories of Migration. Info:


Wednesday 28 June

* Transgender Short Films: The Trans Sex Workers of Istanbul + Sununú: The Revolution of Love, about the first transgender parents in South America, 7pm, £12.50/£10, Frontline Club, 14 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 7269 9030

* Lady of the Lake, drama about a fisherman defending his home aganst the Manipur state givernment + Q&A with director Haobarn Paban Kumar, 8.30pm, NFT


Wednesday 28-Thursday 29 June

* The Other Side of Hope, a Syrian refugee meets Wikström, a travelling salesman who leaves everything behind to run a restaurant in a remote part of Helsinki, Regent Street Cinema


from Wednesday 28 June

* Pavilion & Pavilion V, two shorts by Said Adrus revisit the role of South Asian soldiers during the Great War and the story of the Muslim Burial Ground at Horsell Common, Woking, screened on a continuous loop, Autograph ABP, Rivington Place,  EC2, until 1 July

+ 29 June, Representation and Remembrance, Said Adrus and Priya Jay, 6:45pm, £2


Thursday 29 June

* By The Time It Gets Dark, experimental Thai film with a 1970s university massacre at its heart, ICA









* The Kite Runner, adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's novel set in Afghanaistan, Playhouse Theatre, WC2 until 26 August. Info: 0844 871 7627 


* Barber Shop Chronicles, for generations, African men have gathered in barber shops to discuss the world, National Theatre, until 8 July. Info: 7452 3000/ Theatre

+ 'Africans don't go to the pub, they go to the theatre'


* These Trees Are Made Of Blood,  blends cabaret and original live music to tell a story about Argentina’s Dirty War, £12-£22, Arcola, 24 Ashwin Street, E8, until 15 July. Info: 7503 1646

+ Oh! What A Lively War (review of previous production)


* Hear Her Singing, project by Taiwanese artist Charwei Tsai that features perspectives from women refugees in the UK through film portraits of song and storytelling, free, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1, until 2 July. Info: Hear Her


Monday 26 June

* Dreams of Freedom, performance inspired by children’s book that combines the words of human rights heroes such as Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama, Anne Frank, Malala Yousafzai and Aung San Suu Kyi with illustrations from international artists including Oliver Jeffers and Chris Riddell, £10-£25, Royal Albert Hall. Info: 7589 8212/ school or group bookings


from Tuesday 27 June

* The View From Nowhere, a brilliant biochemist's experiments show a leading herbicide is carcinogenic. He fights against entrenched interests but is hindered by his dreadlocks and the chip on his shoulder, Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, N4, until 22 July. Info: 7870 6876 


Wednesday 28 June

* The Crows Plucked Your Sinews, May 2011 - a Somali woman sits in a Woolwich council house watching the assassination of Osama Bin Laden unfold on TV; upstairs her ailing grandmother is talking to ghosts, The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, SE8, until 14 July. Info: 8692 4446/


from Wednesday 28 June

* RADA Festival, over 60 performances, rehearsed readings, films and discussions, including an examination of the caste system in India and an adaptation of Giles Foden's novel The Last King of Scotland; tickets from £5, until 8 July. Info: Festival


Friday 30 June

* Combustion, Asif Khan's comic take on young British Muslim lives in the north of England, £10/£5, RADA, 62-64 Gower Street, WC1, until 8 July. Info: 7636 7076/

+ Asif Khan serves up a slice of northern English life









Monday26 June

* Frontier Borneo, wildlife, 8pm, Eden

Our Man in The Middle East1.45pm, R4


Tuesday 27 June

* Who Should We Let In? Ian Hislop on the First Great Immigration Row,  11pm, BBC4

Our Man in The Middle East1.45pm, R4


Wednesday 28 June

* Natural World: Sudan - The Last of the Rhinos, 9pm, BBC2

* Fighting for King and Empire: Britain's Caribbean Heroes, midnight30, BBC4

Our Man in The Middle East1.45pm, R4


Thursday 29 June

Who Should We Let In? Ian Hislop on the First Great Immigration Row 11.15pm, BBC2

Our Man in The Middle East1.45pm, R4


Friday 30 June 

Our Man in The Middle East1.45pm, R4