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A deportational road trip

Recovering from a car crash, an undocumented Latina migrant worker is tracked down to her hospital bed, chained and forced into a van to begin the long journey to deportation.
from Finborough Theatre on Jul 12, 2019.

Hellish deportation journey to a home from home

Alec Herrero (31, Latino, young-ish looking, ex-military) thinks it’s a routine deportation assignment when he tracks down Gracie Reyes (23, Chicana, small, striking, physically fragile) in a hospital bed in Kentucky.
from Daniel Nelson on Jul 15, 2019.

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* On the opening day of the Science Museum’s Top Secret exhibition, street art collective Protest Stencil has announced the withdrawal of its artwork from the exhibition, in protest against its sponsorship by a major arms company that is selling missiles to the Saudi Arabian regime. Saudi forces have reportedly used these missiles in attacks on civilians in Yemen. Last month, the Court of Appeal ruled that the UK Government has acted unlawfully in selling arms to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen. 


Protest Stencil has accused the museum of collaborating in “artwashing” – when corporations involved in human rights abuses or environmental destruction try to improve their image by associating themselves with culture. The art-activism project has previously produced posters in London opposing arms shipments to Saudi Arabia. In 2016, they created a life-size ‘drone shadow’ outside the Science Museum, in protest at the museum hosting a reception dinner for the Farnborough arms fair.


Protest Stencil said: “Back in March, the Science Museum got in touch saying they were planning an exhibition about data and data breaches. They asked if they could display one of our Facebook adhack posters from last year. We agreed, thinking it was for an exhibition about the perils of social media and data capture. Then we found out that the event was being used as a promotional tool by Raytheon, one of the biggest arms companies in the world. We won’t be part of this kind of artwashing. We hope other artists will also choose not to lend their work to exhibitions that seek to normalise death and destruction.”


Protest Stencil will auction artwork at the upcoming Art the Arms fair exhibition, which will explore the upcoming DSEI arms fair while raising money for Campaign Against the Arms Trade. Raytheon SM-2



* Stratford East has unveiled an interesting international programme for later this year:

+ 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.

+ 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…  

+ 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 

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


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Wednesday 17 July

* Writings on the Wall, Karl Sabbagh, Thomas Suarez, Jehan Alfarra and Tian Scott on a new book in which Palestinians tell of their dispossession and oppression, 6.30pm, £1-£5, P21 Gallery, 21-27 Chalton Street, NW1. Info: 7121 6190/


Friday 19 July

* Lost in Media: Migrant Perspectives in the Public Sphere, book launch and discussion with Tania Bruguera, Nesrine Malik, Daniel Trilling, Andre Wilkins, 6.30pm, free, Tate, Bankside, SE1. Info: 7887 8888



Saturday 20 July

* Meet VSO, learn about volunteering overseas and hear from returned volunteers, 1.30-4pm, The Foundry, 17 Oval Way, SE11. Info: Register


Monday 22 July

* The polluter elite, inequality and the ecological crisis, Dario Kenner, 5-7pm, IIED, 80-86 Gray's Inn Road, WC1. Info: 3463 7399


Tuesday 23 July

* Plastic Emotions, Shiromi Pinto, on his novel about Minnette de Silva, charting her affair with architect Le Corbusier and her attempt to rebuild Sri Lanka in the aftermath of independence, 7-8pm, £10, London Review Bookshop, 14 Bury Place, WC1. Info:  7269 9030/ 


Wednesday 24 July

* An urban future: humanitarian preparedness, Sikder Ahmed, Leah Campbell, Daniel Delati, Davaid Sanderson, 2.30pm, Overseas Development Institute, 203 Blackfriars Road, SE1. Info: 7922 0399/

Wednesday 31 July

* The Mssenger: In Conversation with Shiv Malik, the story of a friendship between a repentant jihadist and an idealistic journalist, 7pm, £12.50/£10, Frontline Club, Norfolk Place, W2. Info:








Not Just A Refugee, Adiam Yemane photos of newcomers who entered the UK as asylum-seekers or refugees, Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, WC1, until 31 August. Info: 7405 1818


Stolen Moments: Namibian Music History Untold, Brunei Gallery, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1, until 21 September. Info: 7637 2388 19 JulyExhibition walkabout with Siegrun Salmanian, 3-5pm; 20 SeptemberFinissage: 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


Kaleidoscope: Immigration and Modern Britain, photographs, free, Somerset House, Strand, WC2, until 8 September. Info: 7845 4600/


Selina Thompson: Race Cards, 1,000 awkward questions about race, Roundhouse, NW1, until 27 July. Info: 3678 9222


* 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:


Room to Breathe, an immersive journey into the lives of migrants in Britain, until 28 JulyThe New Art Studio, Ceyda Oskay, Shorsh Saleh and Belén L. Yáñez, free, until 28 July; Migration Museum at The Workshop, 26 Lambeth High Street, SE1. Info:


Transitions: Seen Unseen, touring exhibition showcasing the stories of people and communities who have been changed by the experience of migration and travel, free, Applecart Arts, 170 Harold Road, E13, until 31 August. Info:


* Frank Bowling retrospective, the Guyana-born artist's first major retrospective, Tate Britain, Millbank, SE1, until 26 August.  Info: Exhibition


Liz Johnson Artur: If You Know the Beginning, the End Is No Trouble, free, South London Gallery, SE5, until 1 September. Info: 7703 6120


Windrush: Looking Back, Moving Forward, raises questions about Britishness, citizenship and identity, £3, Black Cultural Archives, 1 Windrush Square, SW2, until 14 September. Info: 3757 8500/

+  17, 24, 31 JulyGuided tours, 12.30-1pm, £5


Culture Under Attack, season of three free exhibitions, live music, performances 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


Swarm: Artists Respond to the Pollinatior Crisis, free, Vestry House Museum, Vestry Road, E17, until 26 January. Info: 8509 1917


* Reimagining Captain Cook: Pacific Perspectives, British Museum, Great Russell Street, WC1, until 4 August. Info: 7323 8299


* 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:


Earth Photo, a shortlist of 50 photographs and four films that document the Earth on four themes - people, nature, place and changing forests, free, Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, SW7, until 22 August. Info: 7591 3000


* 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


* Globalisation: An exhibition by year 12 A-level photography students from Fortismere School, Peltz Gallery, Birkbeck, University of London, Malet Street, WC1, until 26 July. Info: 7631 6000




*  Jamaica and Britain: a small island that’s big in the eyes of its Caribbean neighbours, and a big power painfully shrinking to a smaller global role. The two meet in Small Island, a play based on Andrea Levy’s novel about the Windrush Generation who set sail for the Home Country in 1948 to be met by a victorious, drab, impoverished country that told the visitors No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs. The play is at the National Theatre, Upper Ground, South Bank, SE1, until 10 August.









* Sakawa, Belgian-Ghanaian director Ben Asamoah shows how easy it is to steal information from a Ghanaian waste site and use it for scams, £9/£7/ £5, Curzon Bloomsbury, until 17 July.


Wednesday 17 July

* One Day in Gaza, documentary + Q&A with director Olly Lambert, 7pm, £12.50/£10, Frontline Club, Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 7479 8942/

* Guardian Documentaries Presents, four shorts + Q&As including Someone Else's War, follows British parents of children killed fighting ISIS; The Hour of Lynching, an Indian village is the site for a look at the way communities can turn on "the other";  6.30pm, £12.50, Bertha Dochouse

* Black Mother, atmospheric film-poem using an array of voices and characters, from charismatic priests to sex workers, to capture the pluralism of Jamaica's overlapping worlds, 8.40pm, Deptford Cinema. Info:  Deptford Cinema.


Thursday 18 July

* Three Faces, well-known Iranian actor Behnaz Jafari is distraught after receiving a video plea from a provincial girl begging for help to escape her conservative family. She turns to filmmaker Jafar Panahi (played by Panahi himself) to help solve the mystery of the young girl’s troubles in Iran’s rural northwest where local traditions rule, 4pm, Cine Lumiere, 17 Queensberry Place. Info:  7871 3515/

+ Filmmaker Panahi investigates an Iranian Hillbilly mystery


Friday 19 July

* Pressure, Horace Ové’s hard-hitting and cinematically ambitious feature debut hailed as Britain’s first black feature film follows the plight of a disenchanted British-born black youth in 1970s London who’s torn between his parents’ church-going conformity and his brother’s Black Power militancy + intro by Elizabeth M Williams, 6.10pm, £6.50; Babylon + intro from Mamoun Hassan, late-'70s film about south London’s sound-system culture, 8.50pm, £6.50, National Film Theatre, Belvedere Road, SE1


Saturday 20 July

* Bacchanal: the World of Horace Ové, an afternoon of talks and screenings, from midday, £6.50pm, National Film Theatre, Belvedere Road, SE1


Monday 22 July

* Feng Shui, action-packed historical drama that follows a Feng Shui Master attempting to avenge his tragic past by helping overthrow a power-hungry clan who have their sights set on the throne (London Korean Film Festival Teaser Screening), 7pm, Regent Street Cinema

* Head Hunting: Searching for the Head of Sultan Mkwawa, documentary on the resistance to German colonisation, focusing on the 1954 restitution of a chief’s skull, 6pm, School of Oriental and African Studies, Torrington Square Street, WC1


Wednesday 24, Tuesday 30 July

La Haine, the gritty side of Paris in a drama about violence, racism and disaffected youth, National Film Theatre, Belvedere Road, SE1.








* Small Island, Andrea Levy’s epic novel acted by a company of 40 who tell a story that journeys from Jamaica to Britain, through the Second World War to Windrush in 1948, £10-£55, National Theatre, Southbank Centre, SE1, until 10 August. Info: 7452 3000.

+ Jamaica and Britain: which is the smaller island?

+ 24 July, Familiar Stranger: A conversation with the Stuart hall Foundation, 6pm.


* Strange Fruit,  Alvin and Errol are young, Black and living in England in the  inhospitable 1980s. They focus on the Caribbean and heroic father they left behind. But a new version of their past emerges and the brothers are caught in a struggle to unearth the truth about their existence, Bush Theatre, 7 Uxbridge Road, SE12, until 27 July. Info: 8743 5050/


* Lunatic 19’s – A Deportational Road Trip, recovering from a car crash, an undocumented Latina migrant worker is tracked down by an immigration officer, dragged from hospital, chained and forced into a van to begin the long journey to deportation, Finborough Theatre, Finborough Street, SW10, until 3 August. Info: 01223 357851/ 

+ Hellish road journey to a home from home.


Wednesday 17-Thursday 18 July

* Orange Juice, reading of a play about a young British Pakistani Muslim attempting to figure out his place in the world, 2.30pm, £12/£10, Tristan Bates Theatre, 1A Tower Street, WC2. Info: 3841 6611









Monday 15 July

* Life, Attenborough on fish, 8pm, BBC4

* Extreme tribes: The Last Pygmies, 9pm, C4

Undercover: Inside China's Digital Gulag, 10.45pm, ITV


Tuesday 16 July

* Inside the Social Network: Facebook's Difficult Year, 9pm, BBC2

* Extreme Tribes: The Last Pygmies, 1.50am, C4 


Wednesday 17 July

* Mississippi: Earth's Great Rivers, 7pm, BBC2

* Extinction Rebellion: Last Chance to Save the World?, 10.35pm, BBC1


Thursday 18 July

* Serengeti, dramatised wildlife, 8pm, BBC1

* From Our Own Correspondent, 11am, R4