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Intifada women's doc opens the Human Rights Watch Film Festival

Half the 14 documentaries at the forthcoming Human Rights Watch Film Festival are directed by women.
from Human Rights Watch on Feb 2, 2018.

If the shoe fits, hear it

You walk into a giant shoebox, are given a pair of shoes your size and an audio commentary, and walk around for 10 minutes listening to a migrant’s story.
from Daniel Nelson on Feb 11, 2018.

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* Plastic is in the news, so the forthcomong Frontline Club discussion on plastic in the ocean between environmental film-maker Jo Ruxton (director of documentary A Plastic Ocean, below,right) and investigative journalist Oliver Steeds is highly topical. The 1 March conversation will cover how both visually stunning and shocking images can be used in environmental activism, and the best tactics to bring about change. Other big topics of discussion in the next few days include Does Global Health Really Care About the Planet?, The End of Famine? Prospects for the elimination of mass starvation by political action and Has Aid from Europe to the Middle East and North Africa Changed after the Arab Spring?A Plastic Ocean



* On stage later this month: Returning to Haifa (below, right), the first English-language adaptation of the classic novella by Ghassan Kanafani. It's "a story of two families – one Palestinian, one Israeli – forced by history into an intimacy they didn't choose". The play was originally commissioned by New York’s Public Theater which had committed to programming it but subsequently abandoned the production after political pressure from the board. It now receives its world premiere at the Finborough Theatre, 


Returning to Haifa


* Satyagraha, composer Philip Glass' meditation on the early years in South Africa of Mahatma Gandhi (below), traces the progress of his concept of non-violent protest as a positive force for change. Glass’ use of repetitive musical structures – ‘minimalism’ – "creates a mesmerising soundscape, quite unlike traditional operas." It's at the English National Opera.

Mahatma Gandhi



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Thursday 22 February

* Universal Health Coverage in the Global South: what is needed to make it work?, Ken Shadlen, 6:30-7:45pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info: 7405 7686/ 7955 6043/


Friday 23 February

* Violence, uncertainty, and resilience among refugee women and community workers: An evaluation of gender-based violence case management services in the Dadaab refugee camps, report launch with Charlotte Watts,  Mazeda Hossain, himaraoke Izugbara, Sophia Wanjiku, 10.30-12pm, 42 Britton Street, EC1, Info:


Saturday 24 February

*  Who Belongs? Can we Afford to be Different?, Brett Heasman, Celestin Okoroji, Bev Skeggs, Jana Uher, 4:30-5:45pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info: 7955 6043/



Monday 26 February

* Gender-based Violence and Health, Charlotte Watts, Heidi Stoekl, 5.15-6.15pm, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, WC1  Info:

No free pass to pollute!, pollution by shiping and airlines, 7pm,School of Oriental and African Studies, Alumni Lecture Theatre, Paul Webley Wing, Senate House, Torrington Square,  WC1. Info:

Monday 26-Tuesday 27 February

* BOND annual conference, Vandana Shiva, Memory Banda, Penny Mordaunt, Queen Elizabeth Centre, Westminster


Tuesday 27 February

* Does Global Health Really Care About the Planet?, 5.15pm, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, WC1. Info:


Tuesday 27-Wednesday 28 February

* Safeguarding space for nature and securing our future: developing a post-2020 strategy,  symposium, £80/£160, Zoological Society of London, Outer Circle, Regents Park, NW1. Info:


Wednesday 28 February

* Has Aid from Europe to the Middle East and North Africa Changed after the Arab Spring?, Jane Harrigan, 5.30pm, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC2. Info: 7898 4721

* Uber-liberalism: migrant workers, the ‘gig’ economy, and the politics of solidarity in ‘Brexit’ Britain, Parvathi Raman, 6pm, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC2. Info:

* Refugee Week 2018 planning event for museums and galleries, 4-5pm, fee, Migration Museum at The Workshop, 26 Lambeth High Street, SE1. Info:

* Border Policies and Unauthorized Flows: Evidence from the Refugee Crisis in Europe, Francesco Fasani, 3pm, City University, Rhind Building, St John Street, EC1. Info: 7040 5060


Thursday 1 March

* The End of Famine? Prospects for the elimination of mass starvation by political action, Alex de Waal, Peter Piot, 5.30pm, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, WC1. Info: 7636 8636 

* Of Women in the 21st Century, Shami Chakrabarti, argues that gender injustice is the greatest human rights abuse on the planet, and proposes a way forward, 1pm, free, RSA, 8 John Adam Street, WC2. Info: 7451 6868/

* A Plastic Ocean: Behind the Scenes Photography, film-maker Jo Ruxton talks to investigative journalist Oliver Steeds about making the documentary A Plastic Ocean and shows photos and clips from the film, and discuss what can be done in the fight against plastic pollution, 7pm, £12.50/£10, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 7479 8940


Friday 2-Saturday 3 March

* African Development Forum 2018: Transitions, student-driven platform championing African development, hosted by the Centre of African Studies,  free/£10/£5, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info: Tickets











* Agadir, Yto Barrada, Yto Barrada's installation, including a mural, a film, several sculptures, and a series of live and recorded performances, to consider how a city and its people might address the process of reinvention following disaster, like the 1967 earthquake, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, until 20 May. Info: : 0845 120 7511/

The Gap Between Us, first UK solo exhibition by the artist and film-maker, a US-based artist of Palestinian descent, for whom Palestine is a predominant theme, free, The Mosaic Rooms, Tower House, 226 Cromwell Road, SW5, until 31 March. Info: 7370 9990


* Great British Welcome, photos and stories of refugees and their hosts, free, St Martin-in-the-Fields, WC2, until 16 March. Info: 7766 1100


The Chapel, Michael Armitage's large-scale paintings explore the ambiguous boundaries between religion, folklore and social consensus, particularly in relation to issues of mental health in East Africa, South London Gallery, 65-67 Peckham Road, SE5, until 23 February. Info: 7703 6120/


*  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


Plan for Feminist Greater Baghdad, Ala Younis exhibition that includes a new installation, Delfina Foundation, 29/31 Catherine Place, SW1, until 24 March. Info: Arab British Centre


Transvangarde, contemporary art from around the world, including work by Tian WeiGolnaz FathiLaila ShawaEddy Kamuanga IlungaEl AnatsuiRomuald HazoumèGovinda Sah ‘Azad’ and Sokari Douglas Camp, October Gallery, Old Gloucester Street, WC1, until 3 March. Info: 7242 7367


* Yto Barrada: Agadir, varied works by the Moroccan artist, Barbican Art centre, Silk Street, EC2, until 20 May. Info: 7638 8891/


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, until 29 AprilA Mile in My Shoes,  a collection of  audio stories shared by refugees and migrants who have made London their home, from a Nigerian barber to a Syrian dentist, free, until 25 FebruaryMigration Museum, 26 Lambeth High Street, SE1. Info:

+ Migration moments to remember

+ New exhibition/

+ If the shoe fits, listen to it

+ A Mile in My Shoes

+ 22 Feb, Rainbow Pilgrimspop-up exhibition exploring the hidden history of LGBTQI migrants in Britain, A Mile In My Shoes, No Turning Back, 6-9pm, free

+ 1 March, Fire At Sea/ Liquid Traces, film club double-bill +  Q&A with director of second film, Lorenzo Pezzani, 6.30-9.30pm, £8/£5. Info: 

+ 3-17 March,  Moving Hearts workshopsshare your  thinking and feelings about the right to belong while making clay human hearts with Penny Ryan, free, culminate in procession, installation and forum discussion on 24 March.

+ 14 March Migration Through Dance, double bill by choreographer Sivan Rubinstein + discussion led by Sarah Fine, 7-9pm


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


* Theatre of the Natural WorldUS artist Mark Dion uses specimens – natural and manmade – from his travels through rainforests and rubbish dumps to reveal the wonder and fragility of life on earth, £12.95/£9.50, Whitechapel Gallery,  77-82 Whitechapel High Street, E1, until 13 May. Info: 7522 7888/


* 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


* 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/


* African Scribes: Manuscript Culture of Ethiopia, free, British Library, Euston Road, NW1, until 29 April. Info: 0843 208 1144


* 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/ 


A revolutionary legacy: Haiti and Toussaint Louverture, small display that brings together objects associated with Louverture and Haiti from the 18th century to the present day, and looks at the ripples caused by the revolution that spread across the world, British Museum, Great Russell Street, WC1


from Friday 23 February

Deutsche Bose Photography Foundation Prize, the work of one of the four finalists, Mathieu Asselin, is "an investigation into the long history of the global biotechnology corporation Monsanto [which] brings together hundreds of documents and photographs depicting the devastating human, ecological and economical impact of the company’s long and reckless story of growth, and their cynical efforts to change their negative public image", Photographers' Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies Street, W1, until 3 June. Info: 9300


7 March

* Portrait of Palestine, exhibition + auction on behalf of Tower Hamlets Jenin Friendship, Cafe Palestina and Palestine Solidarity Campaign, 6.30-9.30pm, Cafe Palestina, Fortress Road. Info: 7700 6192



Photo: For millennia Egypt has been the Nile’s great superpower, but now an ambitious and emerging Ethiopia has dammed the Blue Nile – where most of its water comes from. In Damming the Nile, the BBC's first VR news documentary, "you’ll fly high above the river and its waterfalls and inspect the dam up close, before meeting the richest man in Sudan and his air-conditioned cows. You’ll hear from people in cafes and each country’s ministers, explore ancient Sudanese pyramids, Egyptian temples and a chaotic Cairo."Damming the Nile












* Human Flow, Chinese artist and provocateur Ai WeiWei's take on global migration, £9/ £7/£5, Curzon Bloomsbury, until 26 February, 22 Feb, Rotherhithe Sands Fiklm Studios, pm


* Jane, documentary about British primatologist Jane Goodall and the effect on her life of the animals she loved, Curzon Bloomsbury, until 22 February.


* Shalom Bollywood, documentary about the involvement of Jews in making Bollywood the huge phenomenon it is today, JW3, until 28 February


Thursday 22 February. 

* 100 Steps/ Song of Lahore, last two films in Focus on Pakistan festival: the first explores a young boy's relationship with terrorism, the second is about a band preparing for a gig in New York, Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Styreet, W1. Info: 7307 5454/


Friday 23 February

* Makala, absorbing documentary about a Congolese farmer wheeling his bag of charcoal to town - it's more interesting than it sounds, Bernie Grants Arts Centre, Town Hall Approach Road, Tottenham Green, N15. Info: 8365 5450

A charcoal seller's Herculean pushbike journey

* A Wedding, 18-year-old Zahira is forced into an arranged marriage and turns for help to her trusted brother, Amir. A slow-burning, skilfully performed study of family malaise and religious subjugation + Q&A wirth director, part of Focus on Belgian Cinema, Institute francais, 17 Queensberry Place, SW7. Info: 7871 3515/

* RiverBlue: can fashion save the planet?, examines the harsh reality of how clothes are produced in a 21st century, globalised world, 6:30-8:15pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info: 7955 6043/



from Friday 23 February

* A Suitable Girl, filmed over four years, the film follows three young women as they juggle family, careers, friends, and the prospect of arranged marriage, offering a unique perspective into the nuances of this institution, Curzon Bloomsbury, until 25 February.



Saturday 24 February

* China’s Van Goghs, heart-warming and inspirational portrait of a Chinese peasant-turned-copyist painter, National Film Theatre, Info: 7928 3232


Wednesday 28 February

* Keteke, screening of Ghanaian romcom + Q&A with writer-director Peter Sedufia + Welcome saupper club, 6.30pm, film 7.30pm, £19.50/£25, free for refugees and asylum seekers, Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre, 25 New Inn Yard, EC2. Info: Tickets


Thursday 1 March 

* Remember Baghdad, exploration of the Jewish life and culture that flourished in Iraq before the events of the 20th century, 2.30pm, 8.40pm, JW3. Info: Jewish film

* 8 Borders, 8 Daysfierce single mother Sham goes on a turbulent journey from Lebanon to Germany, as she flees the Syrian civil war and risks everything to bring her two children to safety + panel discussion with Nick Martlew, Amanda Bailly, Ellie Kennedy, Rebecca Barron, Ghina, 6.45pm, £12.50, Curzon Bloomsbury


Friday 2 March

* Womanhood, screening + Q&A, 6-8pm, P21 Gallery,  part of (Un)told Stories From The Arab World, 21-27 Chalton Street, NW1. Info: Arab British Centre











* The Vault Festival, over 300 shows, including  28 Feb-4 March, Bismallah! An ISIS Tragicomedy, Dean joined the army, Danny joined ISIS, Bismillah! is their time together; 16 March, Matt Winning: Filibuster, how climate change is destroying the planet and the life of Matt Winning; The Vaults, SE1, until 18 March. Info:


* Satyagraha, Philip Glass’s mesmeric opera looks at Mahatma Gandhi’s early years in South Africa and his development of non-violent protest as a political tool, English National Opera, London Coliseum, St Martin’s Lane, WC2, until 27 February. Info: 7845 9300/


* Angry, George Henley and Tyrone Huntley alternate in delivering a series of five gender-neutral monologues on a variety of subjects including refugees, £20/£16/£12, Southwark Playhouse, until 10 March. Info: 7407 0234/


Thursday 22 February

* The Barber Shop, reading and performance by Inua Ellams, 7-8pm, £3, Autograph ABP, Rivington Place, EC2. Info: 

* Sweet Tooth, music theatre piece about slavery derived from sugar industry records, 7.30pm, £10, St George's Church, WC1. Info:


Friday 23 February

* Arabs Are Not Funny!, Sarah Agha, Mohamed Omar, Zahra Barri, Fatiha El-Ghorri, Marouen Mraihi, 9:30-11pm, £15, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, SW7. Info: Arab British Centre

* Sounds of Resistance, musical showcase, including Benjamin Zephaniah and his band, part of Israel Apartheid Week 2018, 8pm-midnight, £12, Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, E1. Info:  7832 1310/


Sunday 25 February

* Numbi Showcase: Habaynta Fagaaraha Coming Here, Being Here, celebration of British Somali community and creativity, 1pm, free, Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, E1. Info:

from Tuesday 27 February

* Returning to Haifa, English-language adaptation of the classic novella by Ghassan Kanafani that's a story of two families – one Palestinian, one Israeli – forced by history into an intimacy they didn’t choose, £6/£14, Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, SW10, until 24 March. Info: Finborough/ Arab British Centre


Thursday 1 March

* The Sea Opens: Bejan Matur and Stefano Battaglia, poet and jazz pianist explore the recent refugee crisis, 7pm, £12.50pm, King's Place, York Way, N1. Info: 7520 1490/










Tuesday 20 February

* The Global Farm, 11am, R4

* Costing the Earth, 3.30pm, R4


Wednesday 21 February

* Earth's Natural Wonders, 9pm, BBC

* Free Thinking: Steven Pinker on progress, 10pm, R3

* Costing the Earth, 9pm, R4


Thursday 22 february

* From Our Own Correspondent, 11am, R4


Friday 24 February

* An Island Parish, Anguilla in the wake of the 2017 hurricane, 9pm, BBC2


Saturday 25 February

* Damming the Nile, 12.30, BBC World News


Sunday 25 February

* Damming the Nile, midnight30, 7.30am, 7.30pm, BBC World News


Monday 26 February

* Damming the Nile, 01.30, BBC World News


Tuesday 27 February

* Damming the Nile, 9.30am, BBC World News