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Two Palestinians go dogging

It's 2043 and the Fifth Intifada is looming. But on a contested piece of land near the village of Beit al-Qadir, Reem and husband Sayeed are about to go dogging.
from Royal Court on Mar 18, 2020.

A British-Nigerian marriage - made in heaven or hell?

The first characters in 'The High Table' are Yoruba Ancestors on the North Star, On the edge of the Present.
from Daniel Nelson on Mar 18, 2020.

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******** This website is in the process of relocating to Both websites will be available for a few days after which this one will cease to function. Obviously there are few events at present but please bookmark the new site, ready for the time when London again becomes a centre for films, plays, exhibitions, talks and radio & TV programmes about Africa, Asia and Latin Anmerica. ************


* When will events resume? Certainly not in April. The Actors Centre says it is closed until 22 June, the Barbican Centre until 30 June. The Royal African Society said it had suspended all public events until May, but more realistically its latest announcement looks ahead to its biennial Film Africa festival, which is scheduled to run from 30 October to 8 November. 30 October to 8 November. 


* A regularly updated list has been created consisting of links to resources to help freelance creatives and artists during the COVID-19 pandemic. It includes advice on emergency funding and support, links to benevolent, hardship and emergency funds, crowdfunding and collective efforts and more.


The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (DFA), “the world’s largest documentary film gathering”, says it is making 302 films from its collection available online, which cine europa describes as “a godsend for both professionals and film enthusiasts who are being forced to stay home and limit their social interaction during the outbreak of the notorious COVID-19.” Films include Rafea: Solar Mama  Who Will Be a Gurkha.

The Perfect Candidate

* Strike Media is publishing weekly lists of films released on Home Entertainment. Last week’s list includedThe Perfect Candidate (right, available from Curzon Home Cinema, BFI Player and Modern Films for a limited time). The plot is about “a determined young Saudi doctor’s surprise run for office in the local city elections that sweeps up her family and community as they struggle to accept their town’s first female candidate.” This week’s list includes For Sama, in which Waad Al-Khateab chronicles her life in a Syrian hospital with a camera, her husband and baby (Amazon).


* To help fill the hours of self-isolation, Bertha Dochouse has named five of its favourite films from the past year and where you can download them. They include The Look of Silence, the astonishing story of Indonesian optometrist Adi who confronts the men who killed his brother in one of the most deadly  massacres of the 20th century (ITunes and GooglePlay); and Under the Wire, the riveting story of the fatal Syrian assignment of war correspondent Marie Colvin and photographer Paul Conroy. (ITunes)


* Over 200 films are avaliable to stream on the Korean Film Archive's Korean Classic Film YouTube channel. They include Ticket (1986)The Age of Success (1988) and North Korean Partisan in South Korea (1990).



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Tuesday 5 May

* African and Lusophone World, onllne event with Vinicius de Carvalho, Felipe Botelho Correa, Nicolas Lippolis, Nayanka Paquete Perdiago, Info:


Tuesday 12 May

* Latin America current affairs briefing, 2-3pm, organised by Canning House. Info:


Southank Centre Summer Literature Season, includes 13 May, Maaza Mengiste and Petina Gappahm on their new novels, The Shadow King and Out of Darkness, Shining Light16 May, Ariana  Harwicz, Chloe Aridjis and Laia Jufresa  share excerpts from their latest novels, in partnership with The Festival of Latin American Women in the Arts; 29 May, Candice Brathwaite reflects on life as a black mother in her new book I am Not your Baby Mother; 3 June, launch of Songs We Learn From Trees, the first ever anthology of Ethiopian Amharic poetry in English, featuring Ethiopian poets Bedilu Wakjira, Misrak Terefe, Hama Tuma and Alemtsehay Wodajo; 8 July, Climate Emergency: How Can I Make a Difference?, Mike Berners-Lee, Kate Raworth, Somini Sengupta











APRIL - more in hope than reality

* Frames of Representation, festival that includes  the Hong Kong/China co-production The Cloud in Her Room, a personal and generational story by Zheng Lu Xinyuan; Los conductos, by Camilo Restrepo;  Panquiaco, first feature by Panamanian artist and filmmaker Ana Elena Tejera, Air Condfitioner, by Angolan collective Fradique, ICA, The Mall. Info: 7930 3647 /


On The Front Line, Korea film season,  including The Marines Who Never Returned, To The Last Day, South abnd North, The DMZ, Jiseul, Captured, One Minute to Zero, Korea, The Never Ending War, Korean Cultural Centre, Grand Buildings, 1-3 Strand, WC2. Info:







APRIL - maybe, but unlikely

* Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran, the starting point is a car crash in the Iranian capital: audiences are invited to use instagram during thge show to connect the dots between elite Iranian youthg, the global gap between rich and poor, and a world in decay, Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, SW11. Info: 7223 2223





Saturday 4 April

* Great Asian Railway Journeys, more railways, more Portillo, 8pm, BBC2

* Timbuktu, quiet, powerful drama about a Malian couple and their 12-year-old daughter who live on the edge of Timbuktu as Islamic fundamentalists take over, midnight20, BBC2

* From Our Own Correspondent, 11.30am, R4



Sunday 5 April

* Blue Planet revisited, 5.35pm, BBC1

* The Americas, 7pm, BBC2

* Natural World: Nature’s Miniature Miracles, 8pm, BBC4

* Kon-Tiki, “fact-based” drama, 11.30pm, BBC2



Monday 6 April

* Terror in Paradise, the Easter 2019 terrorist attack in Sri Lanka , 9pm, BBC2

* A Deadly Trade, the plight of refugees making the journey to the UK, 8pm, R4

* Dynasties, Indian tigers cubs, 8pm, BBC4

* Du Fu: China’s Greatest Poet, 9pm, BBC4Crossing Continents, 8.30pm, R4

* Queen of the Desert, Werner Herzog’s version of the exploits of Gertrude Bell, “the female Lawrence of Arabia”, 3.20am, Sony Movies

* Return to the Calais Jungle, 8pm, R4

* Crossing Continents, 8.30pm, R4



Tuesday 7 April

* Kate & Koji, sitcom series about an African asylum seeker’s life in old-fashioned caff, 11.55pm, ITV

* Black Music in Europe: A Hidden History, 9am, 9.30pm, R4

* Costing the Earth, 3.30pm, R4



Wednesday 8 April

* Kate and Koji, sitcom series about an African asylum seeker’s life in old-fashioned caff, 8pm, ITV

* Return to the Calais Jungle, 11am, R4

* Costing the Earth, 9pm, R4



Thursday 9 April

* The Wonder of Animals, 7.30pm, BBC4

* Noughts and Crosses, last in drama series set in Britain with a black ruling class and a white underclass, 9pm, BBC

* Blue Planet revisited, 11.45pm, BBC1

* Crossing Continents, 11am, R4

* Drama: Stories from Hay El Matar, a rare glimpse of life from contemporary Damascus, 2.15pm, R4

* In Business: Could Carbon Offsetting Save the World’s Forests, 8.30pm, R4

* The Philosophy of Deep Ecology, 10pm, R3



Friday 10 April

* Around the World by Train With Tony Robinson, Mexico, 8pm, C5

* The extinction tapes: Miss Waldron’s Red Colobus, 3.30pm, R4