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Migrants on screen

The London Migration Film Festival "hopes to challenge the rhetoric that overwhelmingly reduces migrants to simplistic categories: active enemies or passive victims."
from London Migration Film Festival on Nov 3, 2018.

Shakespeare's fellow travellers: 'Why, this man IS Othello'

Shakespeare is dead. But his theatre still stands. And two African actors talk their way onto the Globe stage and award-winning performances.
from Daniel Nelson on Nov 10, 2018.

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* A group of performers last week set up a fake BP “welcoming committee” and Iraqi civilian protest in front of the I am Ashurbanipal: king of the world, king of Assyria exhibition at the British Museum. The performers from the activist theatre group BP or not BP? called for an end to BP sponsorship of British Museum exhibitions. They claim the museum and BP are whitewashing BP’s complicity in the 2003 invasion, using artefacts from modern-day Iraq.

The  performers/protesters key messages were:

A spokesperson for the group said: Both the British Museum and BP should be ashamed of this exhibition, and its sponsorship. BP has played a key role in the war and in environmental destruction in Iraq. This has fuelled the social and economic inequality that Iraqis continue to suffer from and protest against."


* The UK’s only national heritage centre dedicated to collecting, preserving and celebrating the histories of African and Caribbean people in Britain is at risk of closure because of a funding crisis. The Guardian reports that more than 100 cross-party MPs have signed a letter urging the government to step in to save the organisation in Windrush Square in Brixton.


* On screen in November, the London East Asia Film Festival, the French Film Festivalthe London Korean Film FestivalFilmAfrica, the UK Jewish Film Festival, and the London Palestine Film Festival.


* A giant step forward? The Ballet Black dance company and a dance apparel; company have created "the first UK-made ballet shoes [ballet bronze and ballet brown] specifically for the skin tones of black, mixed-race and Asian dancers." You might think this should have happened long ago, but as Cassa Pancho, the founder and artistic director of Ballet Black, said: "Although it may seem like a very small change to the outside world, I believe this is an historic moment in British ballet history and another step forward for culturally diverse dancers across the globe who wear the iconic Freed brand of shoe."


* Plenty of interesting talks and activities in the next few days, including Assessing the potential of civil organizations within regions affected by organized crimeLeaving No One Behind: A Look at the Global Compact on Refugees; How Bolivia’s Coca Growers Reinvented Democracy and two on migrants: The Perils of Our Insular Illusion, and We Refugees? Redefining Britain's East African Asians. 


* Below, right: Marsel van Oosten has won the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018 title for this image, The Golden Couplewhich frames a pair of golden snub-nosed monkeys in the temperate forest of China’s Qinling Mountains, the only habitat for these endangered primates. The photgraph is part of an exhibition of the winners in various categories at the Natural History Museum. Marsel van Oosten won the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018 title for his image, The Golden Couple



Daniel Nelson


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Thursday 15 November

* How Technology is Transforming Migration and Refugee Law, Katerina Linos, 6-8pm, Kings College, Strand Campus, WC2. Info: 7836 5454

* Has the Internet Changed News For Better or For Worse? 250 Years of Technology, Steve Schifferes, 6pm, free, Gresham College, Barnards Inn Hall, Holborn, EC1N 2HH. Info: 7831 0575/

* Assessing the potential of civil organizations within regions affected by organized crime, Irene Álvarez, Denisse Román Burgos, 5.30-7.30pm,Senate House, Malet Street, WC1. Info: 7862 8871

* Citizenship in Africa: the law of belonging, Bronwen Manby, 6:30-8pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info: 7955 6043

* Hot wars: climate change, armed conflict and security, webinar organised by Climate and Migration Coalition. Info: Webinar


Friday 16 Novenmber

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela: A Controversial Life, 9am-5.30pm, Birkbeck cinema. Info: Tickets/ 7862 8871


Monday 19 November

* Incarceration as a Weapon of War, Laleh Khalili, 6.45pm, £3/£5, Friends of Le Monde, 70/77 Cowcross Street, EC1. Info:

* A Night With Pulitzer Prize Winning Lynsey Addario, 7pm, £12.50/£10, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Street, W2. Info: 7479 8940

* Leaving No One Behind: A Look at the Global Compact on Refugees, seminar with Penelope Mathew, 6-8pm, Senate House, Malet Street, WC1. Info: 7862 8668

* Beijing from below: new light on the recent history of China’s capital, Harriet Evans, 5:30pm, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info: 7637 2388


Tuesday 20 November

* Undercover Plastic Investigation, Catherine Conway, Sarah Balch, Elena Polisano, 7pm, £12.50/£10, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Street, W2. Info: 7479 8940


Wednesday 21 November 

* How Bolivia’s Coca Growers Reinvented Democracy, Thomas Grisaffi, 5.30-7.30pm, Senate House, Malet Street, WC1. Info: 7862 8871

* Migration, Crisis and Beyond, Nicola Montagna, 5.15pm, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info: 7637 2388


Thursday 22 November

* The Perils of Our Insular Illusion, Migration Museum annual lecture, David Olusoga, 6.30pm, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info: Lecture

* We Refugees? Redefining Britain's East African Asians, Saima Nasar, 7pm, IHR, Senate House, Malet Street, WC1. Info: 7862 8740

* How Lives Change: Palanpur, India, and development economics, Oriana Bandera, Michael Lipton, Nicholas Stern, Minouche Shafik, 6:30-8pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info: 7955 6043


Friday 23 November

* New Private Financing for Development: Latin America in comparative perspective, 10am-6pm, Senate House, Malet Street, WC1. Info: 7862 8871


Sunday 25 November

* International Conference on Sharia, Segregation and Secularism, 9:30am-9pm. Info: Tickets 









* At The Still Point of the Turning World, South African artist Vivien Kohler on the scourge of homelessness, Sulger-Buell Lovell, Unit 2 La Gare, 51 Surrey Row, SE1, until 30 November. Info: 3 268 21010 


Room to Breathe, an immersive journey into the lives of migrants in Britain, Migration Museum at The Workshop, 26 Lambeth High Street, SE1, until 28 July. Info:

+ 6 Dec, Touching Home, theatre company 27 degrees presents excerpts from new show Touching Home, celebrating the everyday story oif london's migrats


Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition, £13.50/£10.50, children £8, Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7. Info: 7942 5000


10,142,942 (the number will change by the time you go), the title of Cuban artist Tania Brugera's response to the crisis in migration is an ever-increasing figure: the number of people who migrated from one country to another last year added to the number of migrant deaths recorded since the beginning of the project (data supplied by the IOM's Missing Migrants Project), Tate Modern, Bankside, SE1, until 24 February. Info:  7887 8888

+ Migration and neighbourliness at Tania Brugera's Turbin Hall commission


* Turner Prizeincludes two films by Naeem Mohaiemen, on the failure of socialism in developing countries and a man trapped in a disused Greek airport (based on his father's experience of losing his passport); a detailed work by the Forensic Architecture collective that dissects the shooting of a Bedouin villager by Israeli police; and Luke Willis Thompson's films on the shooting of black men in UK and the US, Tate Britain, Millbank, SE1, until 6 January. Info: 7887 8888


Women on Aeroplanes, Lungiswa Gqunta, Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum and Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa on the role of women in struggles for  African independence struggles, Showroom Gallery, 63 Penfold Street, NW8, until 26 January. Info: 7724 4300/


* Athi-Patra Ruga: Of Gods, Rainbows and Omissions, work from the South African artist that's an allegory of post-apartheid political, cultural and social systems, and a shimmering vision of a more humanist future, free, Somerset House, Strand, WC2, until 3 March. Info: 7845 4600


* Mimesis: African Soldier, John Akomfrah's multimedia installation remembers the millions of Africans and people of oolour who fought and took part in the First World War, free, Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, SE1, until 31 March.  Info: IWM


* From Kabul to Kolkata: Of Belonging, Memories and Identity, photographs by Moska Najib and Nazes Afroz tells the story of a century of social transformations among the Afghan community in Kolkata, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1, until 15 December.  


* Beyond Timbuktu: Preserving the Manuscripts of Djenne, Mali, small photographic display, British Library, Euston Road, NW1, until 6 January. Info: 01937 546 546/


* Oceania, the arts of the region, Royal Academy of Arts, £20, Picadilly, W1, until 10 December. Info: 7300 8000


* Fashioned From Nature, explores the relationship between fashion and nature since 1600, £12, V&A, Cromwell Road, SW7, until 27 January. Info: 7942 2000/


* World Gallery, human creativity, imagination and adaptability in over 3,000 objects from the museum's internationally important anthropology collection, Horniman Museum, 100 London Road, SE23. Info:  8699 1872/ Horniman


* 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


* Acquisitions and long-term loans - highlights since 2001, the work of immigrant artists, £5/£4, Ben Uri Gallery, 108a Boundary Road, St John’s Wood, NW8, until 2 December.


* Anote's Ark looks at the effects of climate change on the people of Kiribati. It is being shown at the Science Museum on Friday, together with a panel discussion on whether geoengineering could provide an answer to the global climate crisis.Anote's Ark: A look at the devastating effects that climate change has on the people living on Kiribati, a low-lying atoll in the Pacific.






Nae Pasaran, modest but superb documentary that reveals the impact made by Scottish factory workers 40 years ago against General Pinochet's dictatorship when they halted work on the junta's jets, ICA; 15 Nov, Kilburn Kiln

No, Mr President, these jet engines shall not pass 


* Matangi./Maya. MIA, documentary about the politically aware Sri Lankan singer, ICA


* The UK Jewish Film Festival,  cinemas across London, Manchester, Leeds, Nottingham, Brighton and Glasgow, until 22 November. Programme Includes  17 Nov, The Waldheim Waltz,  allegations about his Nazi past didn't stop him becoming Austrian Premier; 20 Nov, Work_in_progress, influential YouTubers engage in dialogue with fellow Israelis who are on the other end of the political spectrum; 21 Nov, Unsettling, liberal Iris Zaki moves to a new settlement and tries to strike up conversations with her new neighbours; The Patriot, story of French-Israeli hacker Gregory Chelli, a controversial fighter in the war against the leaders of an extreme antisemitic movement in France and their army of activists. Chelli often crosses the boundary between lawful and criminal actions + panel discussion with Joseph Cohen, Gideon Falter and Ella Rose on 'the New Antisemitism' "which is sure to touch on Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour party";


* Time for Ilhan,  portrait of the Somali-born politician challenging the status quo as she runs for a seat in the US House of Representatives, £9/£7/£5, Curzon Bloomsbury


Friday 16 November

* Windrush Generations, the latest cinema programme from the 1000 Londoners project is a collection of video portraits of people who travelled to London from the Commonwealth Caribbean between the 1940s and '60s, and the subsequent generations + short discussion, 7pm, £10/£8, National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, WC2. Info: 7306 0055

* Anote's Ark, documentary that follows Kiribati's former president on his journey through international halls of power ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference + Could geoengineering solve the climate crisis? panel with with Joanna Haigh, Jack Stilgoe, Naomi Vaughan and Oliver Morton, £10, 7.30-10.45pm, Science Museum, South Kensington, SW7. Info:


from Friday 16 November

* London Palestine Film Festival, Barbican, Curzon Soho, ICA, Phoenix, Rio, SOAS, until 28 November. Programme includes 16 Nov, Ghost Hunting, director Raed Andoni assembles a group of ex-prisoners to re-enact their experiences of imprisonment and torture; 19 Nov, The Tower, an 11-year-old Palestinian girl in a refugee camp collects her family’s testimonies; 21 Nov, 3000 Nights, the story of a newlywed Palestinian schoolteacher who is falsely arrested and incarcerated in an Israeli prison where she gives birth to her son; 23 Nov, Degrade, a Gaza Strip beauty salon is disrupted by gunfire - a gangland family has stolen the lion from Gaza’s only zoo, and Hamas decides it’s time to settle old scores; 26 Nov, Ambulance, a first-person account of the 2014 war in Gaza; 27 Nov, Coffee For All Nations and Rough Stage; 28 Nov, Us Children of the Camp + panel discussion on making Palestinian refugees visible. Info:


Saturday 17 November

* Windrush Generations, portraits of people who travelled to London from the Commonwealth Caribbean between the 1940s and '60s, and the subsequent generations, 3pm, £10.50, Barbican Cinema 3


from Saturday 17 November

* This Is Home, follows four refugee families in Baltimore, US, as they try to start a new life, with a new language and culture, 6.30pm, £9/£7/£5, Curzon Bloomsbury, until 22 Novenber.

* Underwire Film Festival, Rich Mix, until 25 November. Programme includes 18 Nov, Bechdel Test Fest: Can I Touch It?, series of shorts that explores how hair is a vital part of black female identity, culture and experience









* Forgotten, inspired by the story of the 140,000 Chinese Labour Corps labourers who left everything and travelled around the world to work for Britain and its allies behind the front lines in World War One, Arcola, 24 Ashwin Street, E8, until 17 November. Info: 7503 1646 

+ Moment in the spotlight for China's forgotten World War One workers

+ Remember the Chinese Labour Corps


The Moors, two Africans arrive in London looking for Shakespeare. Alas, Shakespeare is dead! However, his theatre still stands and they find themselves swept up and placed on stage in front of an expectant audience. Fame, fortune, and two smitten actresses await. But, can they survive the hostile environment?, Tara Theatre, 356 Garratt Lane, SW1, until 24 November. info: 8333 4457

Shakespeare's fellow travellers: 'Why, this man IS Othello' 

+ 15 Nov, post-show discussionwith Two Gents Productions, Tonderai Munyevu and Arne Pohlmeier


The Blacktress Season, 19 plays, Tristan Bates Theatre, 1A Tower Street, WC2, until 22 December. Info: 3841 6601/


* Ear for Eye, snapshots of lives and experiences of protest; violence vs non-violence, direct action vs demonstration, the play follows characters navigating their way through society riddled with racism, Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, SW1, until 24 November. Info: 7565 5000


White Teeth, the everyday chaos of Kilburn High Road in an extraordinary revelry of NW6 as Zadie Smith's novel takes to the stage, £10-£32.50, Kiln Theatre, 269 Kilburn High Road, until 22 December. Info: 7328 1000/


A Small Place, Jamaica Kincaid's searing story of Western colonial exploitation, Gate Theatre, 11 Pembridge Road, W11, until 1 December. Info: 7229 0706

+ 20 Nov, In Conversation with Winsome Pinnock, 9pm,£5/£2.50 pay what you can


Saturday 17 November

* The Black Comedy Revolution, day of events will bring together comedians from different generations, 3pm, £9.20-£12.65, National Film theatre, Southbank, Belvedere Road


from Tuesday 20 November

The Fishermen, in a small Nigerian town, Ben and Obembe slip away to fish at a forbidden river – until the prophecy of a madman changes the course of their lives, Arcola, 24 Ashwin Street, E8, until 1 December. Info: 7503 1646


Thursday 25-Friday 26 October

* Not Bound Within, battle-cry response to the need to tackle discrimination against Black women and place their unheard voices centrestage, 8pm, £7/£5, Tristan Bates Theatre, 1A Tower Street, WC2. Info: 3841 6611/







Wednesday 14 November

* Costing the Earth, 9pm, R4


Thursday 15 November

* Immigration: Who Do We Let In?, 8pm, ITV

* Inside the Foreign Office, 9pm, BBC2

* From Our Own Correspondent, 11am, R4


Friday 16 November

* Unreported World, North Korea, 7.30pm, C4