Theresa Bennett

Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power

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This is a celebration of the work of Black American artists in the 1960s and 1970s. While the art on display is inspired by the mass Civil Rights Movement in the US during that time it is incredibly poignant that the issues raised remain so relevant today.

Norman Lewis’s America the Beautiful, for example, is an almost abstract painting depicting the KKK and burning crosses that could be a representation of Donald Trump’s America.

A Moving Image

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A Moving Image is an innovative account of the gentrification of Brixton. The film is a fictionalised account making use of documentary footage, photography and performance art. It begins with Nina, who is returning to the area after living in Shoreditch, east London.

The opening scenes feature the character Big Ben on a megaphone, a nod to the many political activists and religious evangelists who make the streets of Brixton so unique.

On a Collision Course

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Review of 'The Man in My Basement', Walter Mosley, Serpents Tail £10.99

Walter Mosley's latest novel is a brilliant portrayal of racial prejudice and the power relationships at play in global capitalism. This book draws on the author's concerns about slavery and its bitter legacy. He uses this to highlight the importance of understanding the past in order to shape the future. Both these issues are raised in Walter Mosley's brilliant non-fiction work What Next? and Working On The Chain Gang.

What the Tourists' Eyes Don't See

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Review of 'Life and Debt', director Stephanie Black

Get a taste of anti-capitalism Caribbean style. 'No money, no job. Borrowing money to lend. Too much foreign debt'--these are the words of the Jamaican reggae artist Mutabarka in the powerful documentary 'Life and Debt'.

This film exposes the harm capitalism inflicts on a nation and its people by looking at Jamaica, where the IMF has had its claws into the country for over 25 years.

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