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Africa on film

Film Africa, London’s biggest celebration of African cinema, returns for its fourth year with a bumper programme of films, premiers and visiting filmmakers.
from African Film Festival on Oct 20, 2014.

The black and black minstrel show

A musical about false allegations of rape, racial hatred, gross miscarriages of justices and the electric chair? Yes, sirree, that’s 'The Scottsboro Boys'.
from Daniel Nelson on Oct 21, 2014.

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*  Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait won best documentary award at the London Film Festival, which finished on Sunday. Jury president Sophie Fiennes said: “The jury were deeply affected by this film. Ossama Mohammed and Wiam Simav Bedirxan's portrait of Syria is both unflinching and poetic. It is hard to watch, because the fact of war is and should be unbearable. Bedirxan's passionate and courageous quest to be a reliable witness, while trying to comprehend and survive her desperate situation in Homs, is profoundly moving. Ossama Mohammed's exile in Paris, resonates with our own safe distance from this war, but the miracle of the film is how it engages us.”

The only other film from or about a developing country to come close to an award was a commendation in the category of "most original and imaginative first feature"  for Naja Abu Nowar's Theeb,  an Arab Western about orphaned brothers on a treacherous journey across the desert in the far reaches of the Ottoman Empire on the eve of the Arab revolt.

The Best British Newcomer award went to Sameena Jabeen Ahmed for her performance in Catch Me Daddy, an unremittingly dark, intense about a British Pakistani girl on the run from her family after leaving home with her white English boyfriend: “Sameena's performance was very assured, confident and fearless. In the lead role of 'Laila', Sameena's range of emotion was breathtaking; she was the heartbeat of the film.”


* Two of the best films in the festival are also being screened at the London African Film Festival, which opens at the end of the month: Timbuktu and National Diploma. The first is a carefully paced feature that tells the story of an accidental murder in northern Mali, when it was under the control of Islamists; the second is a fly-on-the-wall documentary about a group of students in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Both offer insights - of a very different kind - into contemporary Africa.


*  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. The theatre is "transformed into a pulsating club for an immersive theatrical event which combines heart-pounding beats with adrenaline-fuelled choreography and 360-degree staging." Audiences are advised to dress comfortably and those in the pit performance area will stand and dance with the actors.


Next up will be  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 are two other musicals on unlikely topics : The Infidel - The Musical, a laugh-a-minute romp written by David Baddiel from a book about a British Muslim who discovers he was born to a Jewish family, and the even more unexpected 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.


* Below, right: The Golden Temple, the holiest site of Sikhism. Six months after it was attacked by Indian government forces in 1984, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated, and thousands of Sikhs were killed in the ensuing pogrom in Delhi. The massacre is remembered at the Wiener Library this week with an exhibition and discussion.


Daniel Nelson


Tw: @EventsNelson







Saturday 25 October

* Anti-torture London embassy crawl, organised by Amnesty, Embankment station (Riverside entrance), 10:45am. Info: 07810 811 675/ on the day 07810 811 675

* Feminism in London 2014, conference, panels and workshops, artwork, stalls, free creche, £15-£30, Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, WC1


Saturday 25-Sunday 26 October

*  Power of People's Tribunals - Empowering Civil Society, free, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info: http// 


Monday 27 October

* Modern Day Slavery: How to Tackle Human Trafficking, Annie Kelly and Monique Villa, 7pm, £12.50, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info:  7479 8950

* Agricultural Colonialism – the new scramble for Africa, Nick Dearden, 6.4-8.30pm, £5/£3, The Gallery, 77 Cowcross Street, EC1. Info:

* Medecins Sans Frontieres: barriers to accessing healthcare in Afghanistan, 10am, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info: 7955 6043 

* Leave no-one behind: tackling inequalities through social justice post-2015, launch of the Intersecting Inequalities Report with Naila Kabeer, Ricardo Fuentes-Neva, Leandro Vergara Camus, Layla Saad, Andrew Shepherd, 10am-12.30pm, Overseas Development Institute, 203 Blackfriars Road, SE1. Info: 7922 0300


Tuesday 28 October

* Green Investment Bank 2nd Birthday protest, marking the bank's wilful not-green investment in biomass and waste for energy, 5pm, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, 2 King Edward Street, EC1. Info:

Macroeconomic developments in the world's poorest countries, Sean Nolan, Elizabeth Stuart, 1.30-3pm, Overseas Development Institute, 203 Blackfriars Road, SE1. Info: 7922 0300

* The Remarque Prize: A Two Minute Salute, national final of arts-in-conflict prize will feature performance poetry judged by Sebastian Faulks and photography judged by Paul Conroy of The Sunday Times; all funds raised go to War Child, to enable young people in the UK to directly help others in conflict zones across the world, 7pm, £10, Frontline Club, Norfolk Place

* Tackling the great challenges of the 21st Century, Sir Paul Nurse in conversation with Lord Stern, 6:30—8pm, free, The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, SW1. Info: 7451 2500

* Camopaign for Climate Change meeting, 6.30-8.30pm, Friends of the Earth, The Printworks, 139 Clapham Road, SW9. Info:

* Arab Development Denied: Dynamics of Accumulation by Wars of Encroachment, Ali Kadri and John Weeks, 6.30pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info:

* Media Talks: Jamie Bartlett, director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social, 5pm, free, London School of Economics, New Theatre, Houghton Street, WC2. Info:

* Nominal Democracy? Prospects for Democratic Global Governance, Robert O Keohane, 6.30pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info: 7955 6043  

* The Vietnam Wars Reconsidered, Fredrik Logevall, 7pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info: 7955 6043 

* The Role of National Courts in Applying International Humanitarian Law, Sharon Weill, 3pm, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info: 7898 4330/4490 

* Can corruption reduce conflict? Lessons from Indonesia, Elizabeth Pisani, 5.15pm, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info: 7898 4893


Wednesday 29 October

* What Sort of Story is Climate Change?, 6:30pm, free, Free Word Lecture Theatre, 60 Farringdon Road, EC1. Info: 7324 2570/ 

* The 1984 Anti-Sikh Pogroms Remembered, Lord Indarjit Singh, Schona Jolly, Parvinder Singh, 7-10pm, free, Wiener Library, 29 Russell Square, WC1. Info: 7636 7247/ Registration

* Modern Day Slavery: How to Tackle Human Trafficking, panel discussion, 7pm, £12.50, Frontline Club, Norfolk Place

* Rethinking a new development agenda for Latin America, Enrique Garcia, 6.30pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info: 7955 6043 

* The dark net: inside the digital underworld, Jamie Bartlett, 5.30-6.30pm, Imperial College,Exhibition Road, SW7. Info: 7589 5111

* Shoreditch Wild Life, book launch with Dougie Wallace, 6:30pm til late, Red Gallery, 3 Rivington Street, EC2. Info:


Thursday 30 October

* Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy, Gabriella Coleman, 7pm, £12.50, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 7479 8940

* Air quality for all, Frank kelly, Sarah Collins, James Thornton, 7-8.30pm, Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, SW7. Info: 7591 3100/

* Afghanistan: the transition, Renzo Frike, Stuart Gordon, Emma Graham-Harrison, 6.30pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info: 7955 6043

* Male Victims of Conflict Related Sexual Violence, Chris Dolan, 5-6.30pm, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info: 7898 4367 


Saturday 1-Sunday 2 November

* Amnesty Student Conference, 9am-5pm, £20, Human Rights Action Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, EC2. Info:  Booking


Tuesday 4 November  

* Hope for Zimbabwe, Ben Freeth, Christina Lamb, Sir Jeffrey Jowell, 7pm, £15, Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, SW7. Info: 01795 842341/

* Blinded by humanity, book launch with Sara Pantuliano, Martin Barber, 6pm, Overseas Development Institute, 203 Blackfriars Road, SE1. Info: 7922 0300

* After Gaza: The power of BDS, and the rise of Jewish voices for Palestinian rights, Rebecca Vilkomerson, 6:30-8pm. Info: Booking

* Exhibiting Africa, Tim Rice examines the uses of film in early 20th century colonial exhibitions, 7pm, Goethe Intitute, 50 Princes Gate, SW7. Info: 7596 4000/

* Irish Migrant Teachers in Britain: new opportunities and enduring stereotypes, Louise Ryan, 6.30-8pm, free, Room T138, London Metropolitan University, Tower Building, 166-220 Holloway Road, N7. Info: Registration

* Can the war on tobacco be won?, Martin McKee, Richard Horton, Vinayak Prasad, Pascal Diethelm, 5:45-6:45pm, free, London School of Hygiene and tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, WC. Info:

* High-Risk Activism and Popular Struggle Against the Israeli Occupation of the West Bank, Joel Beinin, 6.30pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info: 7955 6250.

* Food Policy: ethics for your kitchen and beyond, Luc Bovens, Elena Rivilla Lutterkort, Duncan Williamson, 6.45pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info: 7955 6043

* Are there just wars? The history and philosophy of bellum justum, Costas Douzinas, 8.30pm, Birkbeck College, Malet Street, WC1. Info: 7631 6000






* 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


A World to Win: Posters of Protest and Revolution, a century of posters agitating for political change drawn from the V&A collection, including acquisitions gathered from recent outbursts of protest, free, Victoria & Albert Museum, South Kensington, SW5, until 2 November. Info: 7942 2000


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, Victoria & Albert 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: 7749 1240/  Exhibition/ 

+ Ending the historical absence of the black presence 


Some Are Smarter Than Others, Filipino artist Pio Abad on the cultural legacy of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos, free, Gasworks, SE11, until 16 November. Info: 7582 6848


* 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 in the picture


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


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


Living Africa: Through the Art of Its Children, work from Gambia, Nigeria, South Africa and Tanzania, free,  Islington Museum, until 18 November. Info: 7527 2837 


* Davide Montelone: Spasibo, Italian photographer's work, mainly on Chechnya,  free, Saatchi Gallery, SW3, until 3 Nocvember. Info: 7811 3070


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

+ 18  November, exhibition tour, 1-1.45pm, £5/£3

+ 7, 14, 28 November, lunchtime talks, 1-145pm, £5/£3 


Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014, the work of professionals and amateur photographers from around the globe, Natural History Museum, South Kensington


* The Colours of Myanmar, Maxime Bulloch's photographs, free, Upstairs at the Ritzy, SW2, until 3 November. Info: 08717 042 065

Living Africa: Through the art of its children, free, Islington Museum, 245 St. John Street, EC1, until 18 November. Info: 7527 2837/


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/


Peckham Square Studio, black and white portraits of local residents taken by Eileen Perrier on Peckham Square, free, Peckham Square Studio, until 16 November


* 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 27 October

* Barruiers to Accessing Healthcare in Afghanistan, photos by Andrea Bruce and Mikhail Galustov, free, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info:  7955 6043


from 29 October

* The 1984 Anti-Sikh Pogroms Remembered, photographs and text, Wiener Library, 29 Russell Square, WC1. Info:

+ 29 October, discussion with Philip Spencer, Lord Indarjit Singh, Schona Jolly and Parvinder Singh, 7-10pm 



Image: Women Entirely Women is a documentary about the use of a medical procedure in Burkina Faso to restore the clitoris for girls and women who have been subjected to female genital mutilation. It is being shown as part of the London African Film Festival, with the screening followed by a panel discussion.

Women Entirely Women




Tuesday 28 October

* Fire In The Blood, "how Western pharmaceutical companies and governments aggressively blocked access to low-cost AIDS drugs for the countries of Africa and the global south - causing at least10 million  unnecessary deaths -  and the improbable group of people who decided to fight back", 7pm, St Luke's Community Centre, 90 Central Street, EC1

* National Diploma, fascinating documentary about a group of students in D R Congo who rent a flat to study for a crucially important exam, 6.30pm, Brentford Watermans Arts Centre. Info: 8232 1010

+ National Diploma passes with distinction


Wednesday 29 October

* Citizenfour, documentary on Edward Snowden, 7pm, £10, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 7479 8950


Thursday 30 October

* Iranian Cinema: History and Current Practice, Zeydabadi-Nejad, Pejman Danaei, 8pm, £5/£3, Chelsea Theatre, 7 World's End Place, King's Road, SW10. Info: 7352 1967

* Unearthed, inquiry into fracking plans in South Africa + Q&A with director, 6.30pm, £11/£8, ICA, The Mall, SW1. Infor: ICA

* We Are the Giant, documentary featuring inspirational stories of six individuals who spoke their minds + Q&A, 6.20pm, BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, SE1. Info: 7928 3232/ 7928 3535


Thursday 30 October-Saturday 1 November

* Native Spirit Film Festival, Bolivian Andes, Guatemala, Australia, Congo frainforests, and a rare documentary on the Ainu of Japan, plus guest speaker Nixiwaka Yawanawá, Rudolph Steiner House, 35 Park Road, NW1 and School of Oriental & African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info: Programme/ 


Friday 31 October

* Shorts at the Frontline Club, 7pm, £10, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 7479 8940


from Friday 31 October

* CitizenFour, documentary about Edward Snowden, Curzons Mayfair, Victoria and Wimbledon, ICA

* Film Africa, the Royal African Society's annual film festival, until 9 November. Info: Films include

1 November Fadhma N’Soumer, biopic of  the “Joan of Arc of Kabylia”

Women, Entirely Women, documentary about surgical restoration of the clitoris in Burkina Faso

Suffering Is A School of Wisdomdocumentary filmmaker Astrid Atodji looks for her father in Cameroon, who left Benin 40 years ago, exploring notions of identity and belonging that help her understand her story and a wider history

Ken Bugul: Nobody Wants Her, filmic ode to revered Senegalese writer The Art of Ama Ata Aidoo 

1994: The Bloody Miracle, documentary on how a group of hard men nearly thwarted South African democracy 

2 NovemberKinyarwanda, depiction of the human resilience and the struggle of brave Rwandans during the genocide

Ady Gasy: The Malagasy Way, poetic doc that follows artists, farmers and craftsmen as the wise voices building a new society

Difret a 14-year-old Ethiopian girl is seized by horsemen, shoots one of her captors and looks certain to be found guilty of murder until a women's rights' lawyer takes up her case: based on a real incident

4 November, 100% Dakar - More Than Art, one of Africa's most vibrant art scenes + Under the Starry Sky, three members of the diaspora become entwined as they make their way between Turin, Dakar and New York

5 NovemberA Doomed Generation charts the struggle of Tunisian cyber-dissidents against censorship

Miners Shot Down, doc about the 2012, Marikana strike and massacre in South Africa

Soft Vengeance, the Albie Sachs story

6 November, The Supreme Price, an "action-thriller doc" that follows Hafsat Abiola + Q&A with Abiola and Joanna Lipper

White Shadow disturbing coming-of-age story of a young albino Tanzanian  trying to navigate the world with a price on his head

7 NovemberVirgin Margarida, restrained, thought-provoking film set in Mozambique in 1975 that tells the story of a group of female sex workers captured by revolutionary soldiers and sent for ‘re-education

9 November, Timbuktusuperb drama set in northern Mali after its takeover last year by Islamic fundamentalists

A beautifully observed Timbuktu story.


Saturday 1 to Sunday 9 November

* London Iranian Film Festival,  £10/£12, Ciné Lumière, 17 Queensbury Place, SW7. Info: 7871 3515/ Films include

The Paternal House, strong attack on patriarchal authority,that was banned for two years

I'm Not Angry, post-2009 election drama that offers insight into the social circles and ways of life in Tehran  +  Lady Urmia, documentary about the threat to Lake Rezaiyyeh


Sunday 2 November

* Women Behind the Camera, an evening with some of the Middle East’s foremost and upcoming female filmmakers - Rose Issa, Sara Ishaq, Tina Gharavi, Nadine Khan, 5.30pm, £12.50, The Electric Cinema, 191 Portobello Road, W11. Info: 7908 9696





* 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 Infidel - The Musical, about a British Muslim who discovers he was born to a Jewish family, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Gerry Raffles Square, E15, until 2 November. Info: 8534 0310

+ Burqas and barmitzvahs: it's a laughing matter


* The Scottsboro Boys, an infamous story of injustice against nine African-Americans is 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/

+ The black and black minstrel show


The Vertical Hour, revival of 2008 David Hare play that starts with a conversation about Iraq and pits personal philosophies against global politics, £19.50/£15/£16, Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, N4, until 26 October. Info: 7870 6876/ Park

Personal trumps political at the Park

Clash of opinion


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


Albion,  play set in an East End boozer that examines the rise of the new far right in modern-day Britain, Bush Theatre, 7 Uxbridge Road, W12, until 25 October. Info: 8743 5050

A sing-along with the English Protection Army


* How Nigeria Became A Story, And A Spear That Didn't Work, written and directed by Gbolahan Obisesan, £10-£16, Unicorn Theatre, SE1, until 9 November. Info: 7645 0560


* Das Ding, "a globetrotting comedy of globalised connections",  £12.50/£14.50, New Diorama Theatre, until 1 November. Info: 0844 209 0344


Teh Internet is Serious Business, fictional account of the origins of Anonymous and LulzSec, who took on capitalist forces from their bedrooms, Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, SW1, until 25 October

Hacking democracy: Tim Price on his new play


* Pandora's Box, on holiday with her streetwise son, a British-Nigerian mother is in turmoil: should she leave him in a strict Nigerian boarding school, or return him to the battlefields of inner London?, until 1 November. Saturday 25 October, Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Town Hall Approach Road, Tottenham Green, N15. Info: 8365 5450/; Monday 27-Friday 31, The Bussey Building aka The CLF Art Cafe, 133 Rye Lane, SE15Info: 7732 5275/; 1 November, Arcola Theatre, 24 Ashwin Street, E8. Info: 7503 1646/


Saturday 25 October

* Dirty Paki Lingerie, the stories of six Pakistani-American Muslim women in post 9/11 America, from a six-year-old girl to a 65-year-old woman - cross-cultural sparks fly and preconceptions about Muslim women, sex, and politics are hilariously shattered, 7.30pm, £10/£8, Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethanl Green Road. Info: 7613 7498


Friday 31 October  

* Eau de Toilette, a contemplative look at one of London’s unnoticed: the toilet attendant - expect exotic dancing with perfume bottles, whirling dervishes, throat singing and toilet roll, 7pm, £5, Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road. Info: 7613 7498




Sunday 26 October

* Four Lions, comedy about four British jihadis prepring for a bombing, 10.05pm, C4

* The Afghan war, two-parter on British involvement in Afghanistan, 9pm, BBC2


Monday 27 October

The Digital Human, 4.30pm, R4

Shared Planet,  9pm, R4

Tuesday 28 October

* Wonders of the Monsoon, 11.20, BBC2

Shared Planet,  protecting albatrosses from fishing, 11am, R4

* Afternoon Drama: Tommies, the first soldiers from the Indian army arrive at the battlefields of France, 2./15pm, R4

* Costing the Earth, 3.30pm, R4

* File on 4: child abuse in British Asian families, 8pm, R4


Wednesday 29 October

* The Wonder of Animals, birds of prey, 8.30pm, BBC4

* On Assignment, includes a report from The Philippines a year after typhoon Haiyan, 10.40pm, ITV

Costing the Earth, 9pm, R4


Thursday 30 October

The Afghan war, two-parter on British involvement in Afghanistan, 11.20pm, BBC2

* Rwanda's Untold Story, repeat of programme that has angered today's Rwandan government, 11.20pm, BBC2

* In Our Time:  nuclear fusion, 9am, R4


Friday 31 October

* Assassination: When Delhi Burned, a look at events after the murder of Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, 11am, R4

* Plants: from Roots to Riches, 9pm, R4