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Challenging the rhetoric of migration on screen

The London Migration Film Festival aims to challenge the rhetoric that reduces migrants to simplistic categories: active enemies or passive victims.
from London Migration Film Festival on Nov 19, 2017.

Refugees and androids steal the show

One of the pleasures of international photographic exhibitions is the fresh and sometimes unexpected perspectives they offer on countries and peoples.
from Daniel Nelson on Nov 17, 2017.

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* A global cast that includes actors from Afghanistan, Algeria, Eritrea, Iran, Sudan, Syria, the UK and Zimbabwe - some with refugee backgrounds -  has been announced for The Jungle, which opens at the Young Vic in December. A number of the actors came through Europe’s largest unofficial refugee camp, which at its peak was a temporary home to more than 10,000 people, many desperate to find a way to enter the UK. The play "tells stories of loss, fear, community and hope, of the camp’s creation and of its destruction – and of the many intense, moving and sometimes hilarious encounters between the refugees from many different countries and the volunteers who arrived from the UK". The writers, Joe Robertson and Joe Murphy, are the joint-artistic directors of the Evening Standard Special Award-winning Good Chance Theatre that was originally based in the ‘Jungle’ in Calais and then in the north of Paris next to the refugee welcome centre for the first half of 2017. Ten per cent of tickets for The Jungle will be offered to refugees.


The Shubbak Festival, which connects London audiences and communities with the best of contemporary Arab culture, is exploring how to develop its community engagement work to increase participation and audiences in the arts: "Collaborating with artists and our partners in the field, we hope to closely engage London and UK-based Arab communities in a range of artistic projects. We would be interested to hear from local artists, community groups, schools, and anyone wishing to contribute." Contact Reem Akl at


* This week: Trophy, an in-depth look into the powerhouse industries of big-game hunting, breeding and wildlife conservation in the US and Africa unravels the complex consequences of treating animals as commodities.

Trophy: an in-depth look into the powerhouse industries of big-game hunting, breeding and wildlife conservation in the U.S. and Africa unravels the complex consequences of treating animals as commodities.




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Thursday 23 November

* What impact does Brexit have on Regional Integration in Africa?, Yenkong Ngangjoh Hodu, 6-7pm, The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, SW1. Info:

* Thinking Ibero-America: Modernity and Indigenism, Ticio Escobar in conversation with John Kraniauskas, 6.30-8.30pm, Birckbeck, University of London, Malet Street, WC1. Info: 7811 5600/

* A new dawn, Michael Keigwin and Charles Tumwesigye talk about Murchison Falls National park which experienced extreme poaching pressure and challenges from international industry but emerged as a conservation and development success story, 6:45–9pm, £15/ with canape reception £35, Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, SW7. Info: 01747 831005/

* Do Terrorists Have Human Rights Too?, Anthony Glees, Pat Magee, Will Self, Tasnime Akunjee, 7pm, £12.50/£10, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W12. Info: 7479 8960/

* Is Donald Trump’s criticism of the UN Human Rights Council justified, and what are the prospects for reform of the UN’s apex human rights body?, Marc Limon, 7pm, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC2. Info:


Friday 24 November

* I Saw My City Die, panel discussion about cities in which war has besieged the civilian population, 7pm, £12.50/£10, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W12. Info: 7479 8960/

* A nation of hunters and hunted?, the experience of Muslims in the UK, Gareth Peirce, 7pm, £15, The Institute of Psychoanalysis, 112 A Shirland Road, W9. Info:


from Friday 24 November

* BAM – Being a Man festival, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, until 26 November. Programme includes Antonythasan Jesuthasan on his journey from fighting in Sri Lanka’s civil war as a teenage soldier to starring in the award-winning film Dheepan; stand-up comedians Mawaan Rizwan, Kae Kurd, Daliso Chaponda and Prince Abdi; Beyond the Headlines: Masculinity in the Middle East, with a panel that includes Gulwali Passarlay, an Afghan political refugee and author; Why Are Most Terrorists Men?, panel that includes Hussein Kesvani. Info: Festival


Saturday 25 November

* World Religions for Peace, Uniting for Peace annual conference with Marcus Braybrooke, Imam Monawar Hussain, Roy Sutherwood, Mark Owen, Jacqui Daukes, Anna Lubelska, Vijay Mehta, 10.30am-4.30, Wesley's Chapel, 49 City Road, EC1. Info: 7791 1717/ 0131 446 9545/

* Frontline Voices: Alternatives to Mining from the Global Majority, 9:30-5pm, free, Resource for London, 356 Holloway Road, N7. Info: Eventbrite 


Monday 27 November

* The long road to the end of AIDS, Richard Hayes, 5.15pm, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, WC1. Info:

* Will the new US Afghan policy stop cross-border terror in the region?, Dawood Azami, Emily Winterbotham, Thomas H Johnson, 6pm, The Senate Room, Senate House, Malet Street, WC1. Info: 74095113  

* The Great Leveler: violence and the history of inequality from the Stone Age to the future, Walter Scheidel, 6.30pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info: 7955 6043


Tuesday 28 November

Peace, youth and the Commonwealth: what role for education?, Hillary Briffa, Patricia Crosby, Anwar Akhtar, 6pm, Goodenough College, Mecklenburgh Square, WC1. Info:

* What are the bold global health ideas for WHO?, 5.15pm, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, WC1. Info:

* Mines and Money Toxic Tour Demothrough the heart of London’s finance and mining district., 2.30-4pm, Business Design Centre, The Angel, N1. Info:

Tuesday 28-Wednesday 29 November

* Primate Society of GB 50th Anniversary, Jane Goodall, Frans de Waal, Robin Dunbar, Bob Martin and Russ Mittermeier + sales, auctions, signings, social events, roundtables, Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, SW7. Info: Tickets

Wednesday 29 November

* East West Street: Personal Stories about Genocide and Crimes against Humanity, Philippe Sands QC, 7[m, Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdn Road, EC1. Info:

* Sewing Borders, artist Mohamad Hafeda‘s short film uses maps to explore experiences of displacement with residents of Beirut + panel discussion on displacement and the representation of borders in the Middle East, 7pm, free, The Mosaic Rooms, Tower House, 226 Cromwell Road, SW5. Info:

* The UN Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People: How to end 70 years of injustice?, Tommy Sheppard MP, Manuel Hassassian, Hugh Lanning, Jenny Tonge, Ghada Karmi, Zaher Birawi, 5.30-8.30pm, Committee Room 9, House of Commons, SW1

* Chile 2017: what’s next for the country?, Maria Luisa Puig and Javier Sajuria, 6-7.30pm, £10/£5, Canning House, 14/15 Belgrave Square, SW1. Info: 7811 5600/

* News on a Knife-Edge: Gemini and development journalism today, 9:30am-6pm, free, Senate House, Malet Street, WC1. Info: 7862 8871/

* Enemies and Neighbours: Arabs and Jews in Palestine and Israel, 1917-2017, Ian Black, 6.30pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info: 7955 6043

* Sovereignty, Serena Ferente, Carmen Pavel, David Runciman, 6.30pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info: 7955 6043

Thursday 30 November

* The Balfour Declaration’s Backstage Story, Shelagh Weir, Bernard Regan, Ghada Karmi, 6.30pm, £3/£5, P21 Gallery, Chalton Street, NW1. Info: 7121 6190/ 

* Grassroots conservation, fundraiser for The Whitley Fund for Nature, 7-11pm, Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, SW7. Info: 7221 9752/ 

* Mines and Money Closing Gala Demo, coinciding with the Mines & Money Gala Dinner, "as investors and company reps celebrate deals, we’ll affirm our commitment to defend land, water and life", 6.30-8pm, Grand Sheraton, Park Lane, W1








Gagged, exhibition about censorship and repression of cartoons and cartoonists around the world, free, Westminster Reference Library, 35 St Martin's Street, WC2, until 1 December.  Info: Index

25 Nov, workshop, with Banxx Cartoons and The Surreal McCoy, 2-4pm, Free. Registration

28 Nov, discussion, Andy Davey and Jodie Ginsberg, 6-8pm, free. Registration.


* Gambia Has Decided! Grant Fleming's photographs of the momentous events that took place in West Africa in January 2017, free, Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, E1, until 30 November. Info: 7613 7498


* City, David Levene's photographs from around the world, Foyle's, 107 Charing Cross Road, WC2, until 7 December. Info:


*  Age of Terror: Art Since 9/11, exhibition showcasing over 40 contemporary artists’ responses to war and conflict since the terrorist attacks, from artists including Ai Weiwei, Grayson Perry, Gerhard Richter, Jenny Holzer, Mona Hatoum, Alfredo Jaar, Coco Fusco and Jake & Dinos Chapman, £15/ £10.50/child £7.50/ National Art Pass £7.50, Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, SE1, until 28 May. Info: 7416 5000

+ Art in an age of terror


John Akomfrah: Purple, immersive six-channel video installation addressing climate change, human communities and the wilderness, free, Barbican, Silk Street, until 7 June. Info: 7638 8891/ Purple


* No Turning Back: Seven Migration Moments that Changed Britain, art, photography and personal stories, Migration Museum at the Workshop, free, 26 Lambeth High Street, SE1, until 25 February. Info:

+ Migration moments to remember

+ 29 Nov, Dirty, Pretty Things, feature film about migrants in UK caught up in an underworld scam, 7pm, £8


* Wildlife Photographer of the Year, £13.50/£12.50/£8/£7, Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7, until 28 May. Info: 7942 5000


Hassan Hajjaj: La Caravane, the British-Moroccan artist's "blend of the glossy aesthetic of a fashion shoot with Moroccan tradition and street culture ...  witty and poignant images, although outwardly light-hearted, challenge Western perceptions of the hijab and female disempowerment", free, Somerset House, Strand, WC2, until 7 January. Info: 7845 4600/


* lluminating India, season of exhibitions and eventst celebrating India's contribution to science, technology and maths, free. Includes Photography 1857-2017, and 5,000 Years of Science and Innovation. Science Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7, until 31 March. Info: 7942 4000

+ 5,000 years of Indian science history on display


* 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


* The independence of India from British rule and the birth of West and East Pakistan, display from the archives at LSE Library that give a British perspective on the Indian subcontinent during the 20th century, free, London School of Economics, Library Gallery, Houghton Street, WC2, until 15 December. Info: exhibitions 


* Law and Nationhood: India at 70,  exhibition highlighting the shared legal background of Gandhi, Nehru, Ambedkar and Krishna Varma, lLondon School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2, until 7 December. Info: 7955 6043/


* Behind the Indian Boom: Inequality and resistance at the heart of economic growth, the situation of Dalits and Adivasis, School of Oriental and Afrcan Studies, Brunei Gallery, Thornhaugh Street, WC1, until 16 December.


* Ayurvedic Man: Encounters With Indian Medicine, mapping encounters between medical practitioners, cultures, and continents - across India and beyond, Wellcome Foundation, 183 Euston Road, NW1, until 8 April. Info: 7611 2222/


The Show Has A Long Title That I Don't Recall Any More, Lebanese artist Pascal Hachem "interrogates his experiences of his home city of Beirut", free, The Mosaic Rooms, Tower House, 226 Cromwell Road, SW5, until 2 December. Info: 7370 9990


* Rapid Response Collecting, tiny but fascinating exhibit 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


* The City Is Ours, global challenges, local innovations, Museum of London, 150 London Wall, EC2, until 2 January. Info: Exhibition

+ This could have been a slicker city


* Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, WC2, until 6 February. Info: 7306 0055/

+ Refugees and androids steal the show

+ Taylor Wessing prize: who is the main in the photograph?



Photo: "Newsroom, political platform, local hot spot, confession box, preacher-pulpit and football stadium. For generations, African men have gathered in barber shops to discuss the world. These are places where the banter can be barbed and the truth is always telling": Barbershop Chronicles returns to the National Theatre from 20 November.

Barber Shop Chronicles









* Hotel Salvation, gntle comedy-drama about an adult son who accompanies his father to Varanasi, to die, Brixton Ritzy, and Picturehouses Central, Crouch End, East Dulwich, Greenwich, Hackney and Stratford 


* UK International Jewish Film Festival, until 26 November. Programme includes  25 Nov, Shalom Bollywood: The Untold Story of Indian CinemaJews in the Indian film industry. Info:


* Felicite, honest, slice-of-life feature about a proud, free-willed woman working as a singer in a bar in Kinshasa whose life is thrown into turmoil when her 14-year-old son has an accident,  £3-£11, Cine Lumiere, Picturehouse Central 

+ A tough and touching song of Africa


* Gaywise FESTival, films, performances, art exhibition and debates. Programme includes  until 25 November. Info:


* IWM Short Film Festival, nearly 40 documentaries, dramas and animations from the Syria conflict to modern terrorism, Imperial War Museum, until 26 November, part of  Age of Terror: Art Since 9/11, see Exhibitions

* Trophy, investigates the businesses of big game hunting, breeding, and wildlife conservation, Curzon Bloomsbury, until 29 November


* Thank You For the Rain, over five years Kisilu Musaya, a Kenyan farmer, documented his family, his village and the effects of climate change, Curzon Bloomsbury, until 30 November.


* West of the Jordan River, describes the efforts of Israelis and Palestinians trying to overcome the consequences of the ongoing occupation, ICA, until 7 December.


Thursday 23 November

* Happy End, family saga set in Calais against the backdrop of the European refugee crisis + Q&A with Michael Haneke, 6.15pm, £15-£20.50, Curzon Chelsea


from Friday 24 November

* Jane, the story of British primatologist Jane Goodall's work on chimpanzees, £9/£7/£5, Curzon Bloomsbury, ICA, until 30 November.


Saturday 25 November

* Wùlu, a hard-working 20-year-old Malian driver begins a new life as a drug runner, 8.40pm, BFI Southbank

* Vaya, taut thriller that follows three characters arriving separately in Johannesburg, 6.10pm, £8.80-£12.10, BFI Southbank


Saturday 25-Sunday 26 November

* London Labour Film Festival, on the theme of modern slavery. Programme includes Ghosts, about the Morecambe Bay cockle pickers tragedy, and  Sex, My British Job, about brothels + panel discussions; Prince Charles Cinema and 01zero-one. Info:


Saturday 25-Tuesday 28 November

* Winnie, documentary that presents a complex portrait of Winnie Mandela, £12.10/ £9.70, BFI Southbank


Monday 27 November

* Vaya, taut thriller that follows three characters arriving separately in Johannesburg, 8.30pm, £8.80-£12.10, BFI Southbank

* Viva Cuba, thoughtful feature about two youngsters who take to the road when their parents' decisions threaten to make them unhappy, 7.30pm, free, The Calthorpe Arms, 252 Grays Inn Road, WC1. Info:








* Oslo, the true story of two maverick Norwegian diplomats whose quiet heroics led to the Oslo Peace Accords, Harold Pinter Theatre, Panton Street, SW1, until 30 December. Info: 0844 871 7627

+ The Oslo agreement: when the personal became political


Coronet International Festival, five-week festival of art from across the globe, Print Room at the Coronet, 103 Notting Hill Gate, W11, until 29 November. Info: Programme 


* Season of Bangla Drama, Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, E1, until 27 November. Info: 7613 7498/


* #Hashtag Lightie, "heart-warming and hilarious exploration of the conflicting ideas of what it means to be mixed race in Britain today" + Q&As after select performances, Arcola Theatre, 24 Ashwin Street, E8, until 2 December. Info: 7503 1646


Barber Shop Chronicles. One day. Six cities. A thousand stories. Inua Ellams conjures up a barber shop teeming with African anecdotes and arguments, £15-£35, National Theatre, South Bank, SE1, until 9 January. Info: Info: 7452 3000/ 

28 NovMy Fro and Me: Black Womens’ Hair Stories, 6pm

29 NovTalk: The Accents in Barber Shop Chronicles, 6.30pm

+ 1 Dec, Palimpsest Symposium: A Celebration of Black Women in Theatre, 1.30pm

+ 2 Dec, Palimpsest Talk: A Celebration of Black Women in Theatre, 4.30pm

+ 7 Dec, Talk: Inua Ellams on Barber Shop Chronicles, 6.15pm

+ 8 Dec, The Fade, film screening and director Q&A, 6pm

* First Drafts, programme includes Nightclubbing, about being a woman and a person of colour; Iron Dome Fog Dome, Salwa watches her friends kidnap an Israeli settler and has to flee; The Yard Theatre, Unit 2A, Queen’s Yard, White Post Lane, E9, until 15 December. Info: 3111 0570.


* The Sex Workers Operamultimedia production created & performed by sex workers and friends,  featuring over 60 stories sent in from around the world, £15/£10/£9, Ovalhouse, 52-54 Kennington Oval, SE11, until 2 December. Info: 7582 0080/


Friday 24 November

* Arabs Are Not Funny!, Prince Abdi, Esther Manito, Mo Saffaf, 9:30-11:30pm, £15, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, SW7. Info: 7589 8212/


from Friday 24 November

* Goats, new work by Syrian playwright and documentary filmmaker Liwaa Yazji developed as part of the Royal Court’s long-term project with writers from Syria and Lebanon, Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, SW1, until 30 December. Info: 7565 5000/


Saturday 25 Novenber

* King of the Yees, Lauren Yee’s father has been a driving force in the Yee Family Association, a seemingly obsolescent Chinese men’s club formed 150 years ago in the wake of the Gold Rush. But when her father goes missing, Lauren plunges into the rabbit hole of San Francisco Chinatown to confront a world both foreign and familiar, £5-£10, Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, E1. Info: 7613 7498

* ourselves + others: african feminist re-CREATIONS, unique mix of intellectual spaces, performances, and community inspired by Nigerian scholar Obioma Nnaemeka’s theory of nego-feminism, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info:







Thursday 23 November

* Exodus: Our Journey Continues, real-life refugee tales, midnight15pm, BBC2

* Crossing Continents: The Tula Toli Massacre, 11am, R4

* Book At Bedtime: Exit West by Mohsin Hamid, 10.45pm, R4


Friday 24 November

* Extreme Wives with Kate Humble, the matrilineal Khasi people of India, 9pm, BBC2

* Book At Bedtime: Exit West by Mohsin Hamid, 10.45pm, R4