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Indian festival opens with a film about caste and crime

The London Indian Film Festival opens with 'Article 15', a title that references the Indian constitution's prohibition of discrimination based on caste, religion, race or sex.
from London Indian Film Festival on May 11, 2019.

Jamaica and Britain: which is the smaller island?

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.
from Daniel Nelson on May 18, 2019.

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* Film festivals in May include the ASEAN Film Festival, showcasing contemporary feature films from the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, and the Sundance Film Festival. Next month comes the London Indian Film Festival and Aperture: Asia and Pacific Film Festival


Kill Climate Deniers, Pleasance Theatre

* The demonstrations by the Extinction Rebellion group make a forthcoming play at The Pleasance Theatre highly topical. Kill Climate Deniers asks "What would it take to actually stop climate change dead in its tracks? Science? Recycling? Experts? Or maybe: techno, guns and revolution? Environment Minister Gwen Malkin's plan to stop climate change is rudely interrupted when a group of eco-terrorists storm Australia's Parliament House during a Fleetwood Mac concert. Blending fact and fiction, David Finnigan’s bold new satire is a manic spin on a world on the brink of turmoil." It opens on 4 June.



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* Counterpoints Arts at Tate Exchange, five days of idiscussion, learning labs and workshops, including daily installations 12–6pm, by Isabel Lima, Gil Mualem-Doron, Selina Nwulu, Stephen Tiller, Zehra Doğan, Basel Zaraa and Tania El Khoury;  25 May, Artists who Risk and Artists at Risk, what ethical responsibility do art and civic organisations have in defending and protecting the rights of artists they havcommissioned? And what about solidarity, 12-4pm. Tate Exchange, Bankside, SE1, until 25 May. Info: Tate


Friday 24 May

* Lok Sabha Elections in India 2019 and Prospects for the Future, James Manor, James Chiriyankandath, Mukulika Banerjee, Rekha Diwaka, Rochana Bajpai, Gurharpal Singh, 5.30-7:30pm, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC2.  Info: 7898 4390

* Xiaolu Guo with Nikesh Shukla, the novelist and filmmaker shares her journey from China to London, how London informs her work and the parallels between her experience and that of Van Gough, 6.15-8pm, £28/£24, Tate Britain, Millbank, SW1. Info: 7887 8888/


Tuesday 28 May

* Upheaval: how nations cope with crisis and change, Jared Diamond, 6.30-8pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info: 7405 7686

* Superior: The Return of Race Science, Angela Sainim, 7-8pm, £20 inc copy of book/£8/ £5, Foyles, 107 Charing Cross Road. Info:

* Cold War 2.0? The 'Troika of Tyranny', Jon Lee Anderso,  Andres Schipani and Arturo Wallace, 7PM, £12.50/£10, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 7479 8960


Wednesday 29 May

* Cold War 2.0? The 'Troika of Tyranny', Jon Lee Anderson,  Andres Schipani and Arturo Wallace, 7PM, £12.50/£10, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 7479 8960


Thursday 30 May

* Opportunities and Disability, Lisa Cameron MP, Vladimir Cuk, Daniel Lu, 6-8pm, £10/£12.50/£25, Canning House, 1 Park Crescent, W1. Info: 7811 5600/

* On Crisis and Resilience In An Age of Change, Jared Diamond, ‘the master storyteller of the human race’ on how countries as diverse as Japan, Chile, Indonesia and Germany have survived major upheavals in the recent past, 7pm,  £30, Emmanuel Centre, 9-23 Marsham Street, SW1. Info:

* Responsible Travel, Clare Jenkinson, Julian Sayarer, 7-9pm, £8, Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, SW7. Info: 7591 3000/

* Fighting for Better Days, Louise Morris, Ali Rocha, Emily Gregg, Sue Branford, Mike Gatehouse, Tom Gatehouse, 6-8.30pm, UCL Institute of the Americas, Room 103, 51 Gordon Square, WC1

Friday 31 May

* Vigil at the Saudi Embassy, for imprisoned blogger Raif Badawi, the focus of English PEN’s joint Speak Out campaign, and other writers in prison in Saudi Arabia, 1-2pm, at the Curzon Street to the Embassy









* It Bites Back, exhibtion of work based on a laboratory in Sao Paulo that breeds genetically engineered mosquitos, by Brazil-based artrist and filmmaker Pedro Neves, free, Gasworks, 155 Vauxhall Strreet, SE11, until 16 June. Info: 7587 5202


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


The New Londoners, Chris Steele-Perkins’ photographs of families living in London who come from every country in the world, free, British Library, 96 Euston Road, NW1, until 7 July. Info: 01937 54654


Deutsche Burser Photography Prize, Susan Meisela’s project Kurdistan/akaKurdistan is one of four contenders for the prize that are on show at the Photographers’ Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies Street, W1 until 2 June,  £5/£2.50/ free before midday. Info: 7087 9346/


* 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 July + The New Londoners, images from photographer Chris Steele-Perkins’ series documenting and celebrating the city's cultural richness, until 26 May, Migration Museum at The Workshop, 26 Lambeth High Street, SE1. Info:

26 May, 1-2 JuneParticipatory video installation, free

+ from 30 May, Caribbean Takeaway Takeover – Identities and stories, interactive pop-up art and sound installation showcasing the stories of Windrush generation elders by artist Evewright, until 30 June; including 22 June, Caribbean activity day and spoken-word event on Windrush Day

+ 4-6 June, Three Mothersthree women, two children, one play set in present-day Senegal, Bavaria and post WW2 Sudentenland, 7-9pm, £14/£12

+ from 6 June, Borderless, collective exhibition by all the atrtists who contributed to the Room to Breathe exhibition:  Habib Sadat, The New Art Studio, Ceyda Oskay, Shorsh Saleh and Belén L. Yáñez, free, until 28 July.

+ 9 June, MIGRATE - Polaroid photography exhibition with Unicef NextGen, 3-5pm

+ 13 June, TalkingART Lates: Curate, Create, Communicate with Dima Karout, 3pm

* Young Moroccan ArtistsSulger-Buel Gallery, 51 Surrey Row, Unit 2 La Gare, SE1, until 30 May. Info: 7832 1310/ whatson/yma-young-moroccan-artists/#jb8ZI3zWEMlVDrZp.99 

The Fall of the Caliphate: Iraq and Syria in Transition, Atrium, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2, until 14 June. Info: 7405 7686


Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition, £13.50/£10.50, children £8, Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7, until 30 June. Info: 7942 5000


* Haegue Yang; Tracing Movement, the South Korean artist’s ongoing exploration into ideas around identity politics and migration, alienation and difference, South London Gallery, 65-67 Peckham Rd, SE5, until 26 May. Info: 7702 6120/


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:


* Feeding history: the politics of foodfive objects that explore the relationship between food, power and control, free, British Museum, Great Russell Street, WC1, until 27 May. Info: 7323 8000/


* 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


* "2015. Bradford. Adnan, a young asylum seeker, enters a community centre covered in flour and asking for help. He finds Cath, a middle-aged cleaner, who reluctantly lets him stay in her son’s empty bedroom. A split-second decision which will change her life forever." Inspired by her family becoming involved in hosting asylum seekers in their homes, and Rob Lawrie, the former soldier arrested at the Calais border trying to smuggle a child refugee in his van, writer Grace Chapman started developing Dont Look Away in 2017. It's at the Pleasance Theatre this month.Lifejacket Mountain











* Too Late To Die Youngcoming of age tale set in the aftermath of the Chilean dictatorship, 24 May, Curzon Bloomsbury, 25 May, Lexi


Ash Is Purest White, allegorical portrait of Chinese national malaise wrapped in romantic tragedy,  24 May: ICA


Where Hands Touch, coming of age story set in 1944 of a teenager with a German mother and an Afrtican French soldier father, Crouch End Arthouse, Peckhamplex.


* Birds of Passagenew feature follows the tribulations of a young couple, Zaida and Rapayet, betrothed within the Wayúu community of northern Colombia. But in order to afford the dowry, Rapayet makes a foray into the drug trade that transforms his community beyond recognition, Barbican Centre, Curzon Bloomsbury, Curzon Mayfair, Curzon Soho, Dalston Rio


* ASEAN Film Festival, showcasing south-east Asian contemporary feature films from the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1, until 13 June.  Info: 7898 4893/2/ Registration/


Wednesday 29 May

* Rafiki, two young Kenyan women face hostility in their community when they fall in love in this touching and vibrantly colourful feature +  discussion and Kenyan snacks, 7:45-10pm, £8.50, Harris Academy South Norwood, 2 Cumberlow Avenue, SE25. Info: 

from Thursday 30 May

* Sundance Film Festival, includes The Farewell, a headstrong Chinese-American woman returns to China when her beloved grandmother is given a terminal diagnosis. Billi struggles with her family’s decision to keep grandma in the dark about her own illness as they stage an impromptu wedding to see grandma one last time;  The Last Tree, Femi is a British boy of Nigerian heritage who, after a happy childhood in rural Lincolnshire, moves to inner London to live with his mum. Struggling with the unfamiliar culture and values of his new environment, Femi has to figure out which path to adulthood he wants to take; Picturehouse Central until 2 June. Info: Programme







* 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 27 June. Info: 7452 3000. 27 June: Live broadcast at selected cinemas

+ Jamaica and Britain: which is the smaller island?

31 MayActors Leah Harvey and Aisling Loftus, 3pm; + 11 June, Rufus Norris and Helen Edmundsen, 6pm; + 17 June, War to Windrush: Black Women in Britain 1939-48, 6pm; + 12 July, A Hole in Babylon, talk on Horace Ove’s work and film screening, 6.30pm; + 20 July, Standing on the Shoulders: Black Women Actors in the UK from 1950s to 1980s, 2pm; + 22 July, Designing Small island, Katrina Lindsay, 5pm; + 24 July, Familiar Stranger: A conversation with the Stuart hall Foundation, 6pm.


* White Pearl, when a draft of a Singaporean company’s latest skin cream ad is leaked the video goes viral globally for all the wrong reasons: it’s an international PR nightmare, the company cannot be seen to be racist, the ad must be taken down before America wakes up, £12-£95, Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, SW1, until 15 June. Info: 7565 5000


* Salt, two artists retrace one of the slave trade routes – UK-Ghana-Jamaica-UK – in a journey to the bottom of the Atlantic, and find grief, home, Afropessimism, the Black Atlantic, the forgetting of colonial history and the impact on Caribbean communities in the UK, £25/ £12 Mondays, Royal Court, Sloane Square, SW1, until 1 June. Info:


* Blueprint Medea, a female Kurdish freedom fighter starts a new life in UK, in a drama inspired by Euripedes, £16-£20,  Finborough Theatre, Finborough Street, SW10, until 8 June. Info: 7244 7439


* A Thousand Splendid Suns, this stage version of Khaled Hosseini’s sequel to The Kite Runner is about a family’s attempt to survive the Taliban’s takeover in the early '90s, Hackney Empire, 291 Mare Street, E8, until 25 May. Info: 8985 2424/


* Blueprint Medea, a Kurdish freedom fighter escapes the Turkish military and while discovering existence on the margins of London life meets the son of Iraqi immigrants and starts a family – and finds herself in a desperate situation. Based on interviews with Kurdish fighters living in the UK, it's written and directed by the first woman to direct at the National Theatre. Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, SW10, until 8 June. Info: 7244 7439/ 01223 357 851l/


from Thursday 30 May

* Kalakuta Republik, “dizzying movement, revolutionary ideas and the sounds of jazz-infused Afrobeat recreate the Kalakuta Republik", Fela Kuti’s communal compound in Lagos, £28, Barbican Theatre, until 1 June. Info:  7638  8891/









Monday 20 May

* The Hunt for Jihadi John, 9pm, C4

* SIraq: A State of Mind, 10pm, BBC4

* Crossing Continents, 8.30pm, R4


Tuesday 21 May

* India's Frontier Railways, 8pm, BBC4

* Rhythms of India,  three-parter on how the nation's music was formed, 9pm, BBC4

* The Stolen Maharajah: Britain's In ian Royal, 10pm, BBC4

* Treasures of the Indus, 11pm, BBC4

* Costing the Earth, 3.30pm, R4


Wednesday 22 May

* The Hunt for Jihadi John, midnight10, C4

* Costing the Earth, 9pm, R4


Thursday 23 May

* From Our Own Correspondent, 11am, R4


Friday 24 May

* Unreported World, are wildlife guards in a D R Congo national park intimidating local people?, 7.30pm, C4

* The Looming Tower, drama series about US agencies' attempts to fight terrorism, 9.30pm, BBC2

* Leave to Remain, touching film about young asylum seekers who have arrived in the UK by themselves, 11.45pm, BBC2

+ The human face of asylum