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Films from or about African, Asian and Latin American countries at the London Film Festival in October.
from Daniel Nelson on Sep 19, 2019.

Humanity, from Artworks to Zebrafish

London’s latest permanent gallery exhibition, Being Human, is strong on questions but light on answers.
from Daniel Nelson on Sep 10, 2019.

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* Sculptor Mona Hatoum, a Palestinian multimedia and installation artist who lives in London, is among the winners of the Japan Art Association's annual Praemium Imperiale Awards. An exhibition of some of her work is at White Cube Bermondsey until 3 november: "Hatoum’s work reflects on subjects that arise from our current global condition, including systems of confinement, the architecture of surveillance and themes of mobility and conflict. Channelling the poetic charge and metaphoric resonance of a wide range of materials from steel, brick and concrete, to rubble, glass and human hair, in this exhibition she explores the elemental forms of the grid and the sphere, drawing on both the geometric rigour of Minimalist sculpture and the possibilities for its formal collapse."

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has endorsed proposals for a British slavery museum in London as a way of combating modern-day racism. The idea has been put forward by the Fabian Society, which says it could help address discrimination against London’s black and minority ethnic population by challenging centuries-old tropes about racial inferiority.  Full story. 


* The London Film Festival opens on 2 October, with a variety of films from or about Africa, Asia and LatinAmerica.


* Stratford East upcoming international programme begins with Our Lady of Kibeho (from 25 September): in 1981 at Kibeho College in Rwanda, a young girl claimed to have seen a vision of the Virgin Mary who warned her of the unimaginable - Rwanda becoming hell on earth. She was ignored by her friends and scolded by her school but then another student saw the vision, and another, and the impossible appeared to be true.

Next up Stratford will be The Gift (from 29 January 2020): outrageous comedy drama about imperialism, cross-racial adoption, cultural appropriation and drinking tea, set in Brighton in 1852 and a Cheshire village today, where a black middle-class woman, her husband and small child. They are paid a visit by well-meaning neighbours who have something to confess…  

The comes Welcome to Iran (from 18 April 2020): Ava is a 20-something Londoner, who following the death of her estranged father, journeys to Iran in search of his past and her extended family to explore the rich culture and thriving art scene, and finally Sucker Punch: (from June 2020), Leon and Troy are best mates trying to figure out their place in the world amid mounting unemployment and simmering racial tensions. After finding solace in Charlie’s gym, they start forging their path into the ruthless world of professional boxing.Roy Williams’ bruising play examines what it was like to be a young black man in 1980s Britain and asks, how can you fight a system that’s desperate to see you fail?



Daniel Nelson


Tw: @EventsNelson










Global Climate Strike, ahead of the UN emergency climate summit, until 27 SeptemberInfo


Saturday 21 September 

* Talking Peace Festival, celebration of International Day of Peace w events including, Diaspora Woman: portraits from Colombia exhibition, VR experience, What inter-clan conflict in the Southern Philippines can teach us about peacebuilding, Stories of Resilience from Yemen, Youth Voices from Ethiopia, El testigo: Caín y Abel (The Witness: Cain and Abel), Pints 4 Peace, Conflict café, Zong Zing, Filipino pop-up dining, Spray peace, Let’s Dabkeh, midday-10.30pm, Flat Iron Square, London Bridge. Info: International Alert


Monday 23 September

* The Legacy of Habitat 1: What Have We learned About Self-Construction?, Adriana Massid, 6-8pm, Canning House, 126 Wigmore Street, W1. Info: 7811 5600

* Jack Straw and The English Job: Why Iran Distrusts Britain, Jack Straw, 7pm,  £12.50/£10, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info:  7479 8942/


Tuesday 24 September

* UK/Latin America Finance Conference, 8.30am-2pm, £0-£100,  Guildhall, Gresham Street, EC2. Info: 7811 5600/


Wednesday 25 September

* The West Should Pay Reparations for Slavery, Kehinde Andrews, Esther Stanford-Cxosei, Katharine Barbalsingh, Tont Sewell, 7pm, £10/£20, The Greenwood Theatre, 55 Weston Street, SE1.


Thursday 26 September

* In Their Own Words: Understanding Lashkar-e-Tayyaba, book launch with Christine Fair, 6-7.30pm, King’s College, Strand Campus.  Info: 7836 5454

* Britain and the Middle East: From the Arab Spring to Brexit, Christian Turner, 6-8pm, King’s College, Strand Campus.  Info: 7836 5454


Friday 27-Sunday 29 September

* London Palestine Film Pre-Festival Weekend, films from previous London Palestine Film Festivals, ICA, The Mall, SW1.










Memoirs of the Forgotten, work by Péju Alatise who has also been an influential voice on the Child Not Bride campaign in Nigeria and is the founder of the ANAI Foundation, a non-profit ghroup dedicated to the development of visual arts in Nigeria, Sulger-Buel Gallery, The Loft, 51 Surrey Row, Unit 2 La Gare, SE1, until 31 October. Info: 3268 2101/


Some Are Born to Endless Night - Dark Matter, Lina Iris Viktor’s first major solo UK exhibition, infused with cultural histories of the African diaspora and preoccupied with notions of blackness, free, Autograph, Rivington Place, EC2, until 25 January. Info: 7729200/


Here Is Elsewhere, around 50 works by the late South African photographer, Thabiso Sekgala,  free, Hayward gallery, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1, until 6 October Info: 3879 9555/ /


Stolen Moments: Namibian Music History Untold, Brunei Gallery, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1, until 21 September. Info: 7637 2388 

+  Bringing back Namibia's stolen moments.

+ 20 September,  Finissage, closing event


* Urban Impulses: Latin American Photography From 1959 To 2016, the work of over 70 photographers, £5/2.50, The Photographers' Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies Street, W1, until 16 October. Info: 7087 9300


* The British Library, Yinka Shonibare rebinds British books with print patterns that echo colonial trade, free, Tate Modern, SE1, until November. Info: 78887 8888 


* Mandela, "a revolutionary immersive experience", £15/£13.50, 26 Leake Street Gallery, SE1. Info:


* Luchita Hurtado: I Live I Die I will Be Reborn, paintings by the Venezuelan artist, Serpentine Sackler Gallery, until 20 October. Info: 7402 6075


* Indian Nobility in Britain, display celebrating the interlinked history between India and Britain in the early years of the twentieth century. Photographs of celebrated Indian cricketer Prince Ranjitsinghji (1872-1933) feature alongside portraits of Indian nobility, who visited London during the 1910s and 1920s and were photographed in the capital’s fashionable studios, free, National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, WC2, until 15 December. Info: 7306 0055


Culture Under Attack, season of three free exhibitions, live music, performance and talks that explore how war threatens not just people’s lives but also the things that help define us. It shows how some try to erase or exploit culture, while others risk everything to protect, celebrate and rebuild it, Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, SE1, until 5 January. Info: 74165000

+ Rebel Sounds: Songhoy Blues.


Made Routes: Mapping and Making, South African artists Vivienne Koorland and Berni Searle look at national boundaries and cartographic hierarchies, and the global movement of people and commodities, Richard Saltoun Gallery, 1 Dover Street, W1, until 26 September. Info:

* Rivers of the World Retrospecrive, art by young people from UK, Kenya, Malawi and Palestine, Ethiopia, Bangladesh , Nepal, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Zambia, and Philippines, Riverside Studios, Watermans Art Centre, TW8, until 2 October. Info:


Being Human, new permanent gallery on environmental breakdown, minds and bodies, infection and genetics, including Yinka Shonibare commission, 'Refugee Astronaut'; the Zimbabwe Friendship Bench; and anti-climate change posters, Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, NW1. Info: 7611 2222   

+ Humanity, from Artworks to Zebrafish.


* 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


* Cairo Streets, 19th century life in Cairo through the V&A's collection, free, Victoria and Albert Museum, untill 25 April. Info: Exhibition


* 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


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 Magic Realist Afrabia, Yan  Elnayal's series of digital prints exploring ideas on multicultural identities, hybridity and the third space, taking Sudanese author Tayeb Salih’s Season of Migration to the North for inspiration, P21 Gallery, 21 Chalton Street, NW1, until 21 September. Info: 7121 6190



from Tuesday 24 September

* Aida Maluneh: Water Life, images of water scarcity and ecologival emergency, free, Somerset House, The Strand, WC2, until 20 October. Info: 7845 4600


*  The Malian group, Songhoy Blues (below right), are featured in the Rebel Sounds section of the Imperial War Museum's current exhibition, Culture Under Attack.

Songhoy Blues at Rough Trade










For Sama, a love letter from a young mother to her daughter, as we follow Waad al-Kateab’s life through five years of the uprising in Aleppo in Syria, where she falls in love, gets married and gives birth to Sama, Curzon Soho until 28 September, Kilburn Kiln until 25 September, BFI Southbank, Cine Lumiere, Barbican, Curzon Aldgate, Curzon Bloomsbury, Curzon Victoria, Richmond Curzon, Electric Cinema, Picturehouse Central, Catford Mews, Crouch End Arthouse, Crouch End Picturehouse, Dalston Rio, Hackney Castle Cinema


* Rojo, ICA, set in a small province in Argentina, the film unfolds in the lead-up to the 1976 military coup, ICA, The Mall, until 26 September.


* Underwire Festival, women in film. Programme includes a magic realist short about a British-Nigerian woman choosing to change her name; Miss Black Germany; until 22 September. Info:


* Samouni Road, documentary about a family preparing a wedding in a farming community outside war-torn Gaza City, Curzon Bloomsbury, until 22 September.


* The Farewell, family drama about a young woman living in New York who moved to the US from China with her parents when she was a child. When she finds out that her grandma in China has been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer and she and her parents travel there to say goodbye, Barbican until 26 September.


* Raindance Film Festival, films and classes, until 22 September. Info:


Saturday 21 September

* Capitaine Thomas Sankara, documentary about the former President of Burkina Faso + Q&A with Ama Biney, 2pm, NFT, Belvedere Road, SE1


Tuesday 24 September

* On The Inside of a Military Dictatorship, dictatorship that tells the story of how a global democracy icon and military rulers ended up forming an alliance in Myanmar's corridors of power after 50 years of brutal dictatorship - and the tragic consequences that followed + director’s Q&A, 7pm, £12.50/£10, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Street, W2. Info: 7479 8950/


Wednesday 25 September

* Children of MenTheo reluctantly agrees to help smuggle a miraculously pregnant refugee out of the country and is thrust into the role of all that stands between humanity and its extinction + pre-screening talk by Steve Ballinger on what the public really think about refugees and asylum, 6.30pm, The Castle Cinema, First Floor, 64-66 Brooksby’s Walk, E9. Info:


Thursday 26 September

* The Remains – After The Odyssey, documentary that deals with workers on Lesbos dealing with the aftermath of a shipwreck of refugees and migrants and a Syrian family who lost 13 in the accident, 7pm, Austrian Cultural Forum, 28 Rutland Gate, SW7. Info: 7225 7300/


from Friday 27 September

* The Last Tree, a teenager fostered in the country moves to inner-city London, where he must make some tough life choices, NFT, Belvedere Road, SE1, until 28 September

* On The President’s Orders, the searing story of President Duterte’s bloody campaign against drug dealers and addicts in the Philippines, told with unprecedented and intimate access to both sides of the war, Curzon Bloomsbury, until 29 September.

* Sea of Shadows, a team of dedicated scientists, high-tech conservationists, investigative journalists and courageous undercover agents as well as the Mexican Navy put their lives on the line to save the last remaining vaquitas and bring a vicious international crime syndicate to justice, Curzon Bloomsbury, until 29 September

* Hotel Mumbai, the story of the 2008 siege of the Indian hotel by terrorists, Kilm Cibnema, until 3 October.








* The King of Hell's PalaceHenan Province, 1992. China is laying the foundations for global wealth and power and Yin-Yin, a Health Ministry official is recruited into a new and unusual trade that boasts infinite stock and infinite demand. But amidst the hype and the soaring profits, she rapidly uncovers an unimaginable secret that will test to the limit her loyalties to her profession, her family and her country, £10-£16, Hampstead Theatre, Eton Avenue, NW3, until 12 October. Info: 7722 9301


Chiaroscuro, explores the experiences of women of colour across generations and celebrates the many intersections of female identity from the 1980s to now and how women chose to identify themselves, Bush Theatre, 7 Uxbridge Road, London, W12, until 5 October.  Info: 8743 5050/


* The Fishermen, adaptation of the novel by Chigozie Obioma's novel, Trafalgar Studios, Trafalgar Square, SW1, until 12 October. Info: 0844 871 7632 


* Typical, an ex-serviceman faces new battles in a society fighting against him, confronting the tensions experienced by Black men as they negotiate life while feeling that their own lives are on the line, Soho Theatre, Dean Street, W1, until 28 September.


Saturday 21 September

* Peace One Day, Peace Day celebration with Sting, Jude LawSir Mark Rylance, Juliet Rylance, Jack SavorettiEmeli SandeWill  YoungAhmad Fawzi, Patricia Scotland, Scilla Elworthy, Pastor  James Wuye and Imam Muhammad Ashaf, 7pm, £150–£45, standing £40, £5 for Southwark residents, Shakespeare’s Globe, Bankside, SE1.  Info: 7401 9919/ Globe.


from Wednesday 25 September

* Our Lady of Kibeho, in 1981 at Kibeho College in Rwanda, a young girl claimed to have seen a vision of the Virgin Mary who warned her of the unimaginable - Rwanda becoming hell on earth. She was ignored by her friends and scolded by her school but then another student saw the vision, and another, and the impossible appeared to be true, £10-£35, Theatre Royal Stratford, Gerry Raffles Square, E15, until 2 November. Info: 8534 0310/

+ Post-show talks: 11 October, 7.30pm, 24 October, 7.30pm, free to ticket holders









Monday 23 September

* Great Indian Railway Journeys, Michael Portillo tries to squeeze one last drop of interest from Indian trains, 9pm, BBC4

* Crossing Continents, 8.30pm, R4


Tuesday 24 September

* Costing the Earth, 3.30pm, R4

* The Syrians and the Kindertransport Kids, 4pm, R4


Wednesday 25 September

* Undercover Mumbai, 2.15pm, R4

Costing the Earth, rewilding, 9pm, R4


Wedneday 25 September

* China: A New World Order, 1.55m, BBC2

* Coating the Earth, 9pm, R4


Thursday 26 September

* From Our Own Correspondent, 11am, BBC4 


Friday 27 September

* Activate: The Global Citizen Movement, 10pm, National Geographic

* My Brother, The Devil, 11.45pm, BBC2