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Having a laugh on the frontline

Two Palestinians walk into the Jenin refugee camp’s only theatre, the founder of which was assassinated in front of the building, and say, "We want to be comedians."
from Daniel Nelson on Apr 12, 2018.

A wave of the Dear Leader's hand

'The Great Wave' is the surge that apparently washes a Japanese teenager out to sea.
from Daniel Nelson on Apr 5, 2018.

The rise and fall of an African Caesar

'Sankara' is like 18th century wit Samuel Johnson's verdict of a dog walking on its hind legs: "It is not done well; but you are surprised to find it done at all."
from Daniel Nelson on Mar 31, 2018.

Heard the one about the Jewish Palestinian? Or the Palestinian Jew...

Congratulations, yet again, Finborough Theatre. It stages consistently inventive productions of consistently interesting plays. Here’s another: 'Returning to Haifa'.
from Daniel Nelson on Mar 10, 2018.

Bev faces poetic justice for her poetic licence

'Checkpoint Chana' is where criticism of the Israeli government and military slides into anti-Semitism.
from Daniel Nelson on Mar 8, 2018.

A bitter charge: 'This generation is no different from Pol Pot'

If you want to see how cruel development can be, how powerless people can be arrogantly treated, how politicians can use the police and thugs to protest their interests and the interests of cronies, watch 'A Cambodian Spring'.
from Daniel Nelson on Mar 3, 2018.

Silas - ‘No more business as usual’ in Liberia

The central figure in 'Silas' is a Liberian campaigner who has stood up to two governments and fought off a land- encroaching company.
from Daniel Nelson on Mar 1, 2018.

A vivid, disturbing Congo snapshot

The sprawling, diverse, shape-shifting Congo defeats any attempt to capture the country in a single film.
from Daniel Nelson on Mar 1, 2018.

Pakistani democracy - straight from the horse's mouth

It's hard to pull off a personal documentary on an ungraspable subject such as the health of democracy in Pakistan, but Mohammed Naqvi has made a pretty good job of it.
from Daniel Nelson on Mar 1, 2018.

Playing for the Workers Cup on a Qatar building site

'The Workers Cup' is not really about the Workers Cup, though it is about workers and a cup (or two).
from Daniel Nelson on Mar 1, 2018.