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South African music - Hong Kong film - God on trial in Auschwitz - anti-war film - John Berger live


Amandla!
Metrodome Video, £5.99

Amandla, the Xhosa word for "power", is a collection of music celebrating the South African victory over apartheid.

It charts the lives of those living under the brutally racist system, forced to move to the townships and industrial centres to work as servants or miners for their white rulers.

It is a celebration of resistance, and the then-imagined future of blacks in South Africa.

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Pitman Painters - Roots - John Pilger - Mad Men - Klimt


The Pitmen Painters
by Lee Hall

Cottesloe Theatre, London, until June 25

After its run in the Live Theatre Newcastle this play by Billy Elliot writer Lee Hall is based on a true story about a group of miners who in 1934 joined an art appreciation group. What results is a group of workers who get the chance to explore and create art for the first time.

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Winter Soldier - Palestinian films - Yorkshire theatre on migrant issues - Specials - Chinese design


Winter Soldier 2008

Iraq Veterans Against the War organised a Winter Soldier event in Washington last month to mark the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. Hundreds of US veterans came together to give testimony about their experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The event was named after the Winter Soldier hearings held in 1971 that saw US veterans testifying to the shocking atrocities carried out by the US army in Vietnam.

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Pioneering modern art - machines for living - radical exhibition - imperialist history - TV triumph


Duchamp, Man Ray and Picabia
Tate Modern
Until 26 May

Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray and Francis Picabia had a huge impact on contemporary and modern art, and were pioneers in the early 20th century.

Duchamp would remove everyday objects from their contexts and present them as a piece of art. Man Ray used avant-garde photographic and film techniques while Picabia undermined conventional forms of art in the use of popular and kitsch images to create his work.

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Anti-war art in Aberdare - Pilger documentary - anti-war Iraqi school students - Joy Division - war photos


Whatever They Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
Exhibition at the Cynon Valley Museum & Gallery, Aberdare, Wales. Until 15 March 2008

David Garner's series of sculptural installations explores war and racism, Western assumptions and attitudes towards Islam, and the demonisation of Muslims. Poppycock uses a real soldier's helmet and dried Middle Eastern poppies.

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Pet Shop Boys - global poverty - anti-war folk songs - Michael Moore latest - Russian art


Battleship Potemkin
Barbican, 11 January

Sergei Eisenstein's 1925 epic film of Russia's failed 1905 revolution is set to a new score by the Pet Shop Boys, performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra. It was first performed in 2004, when the film was shown in Trafalgar Square to an audience of thousands.

Many scenes from the film will already be familiar, even to those who have never seen it before, as it was a true watershed in cinema. The new score has divided critics, but the power of the imagery has lost little over the past 83 years.

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Aretha Franklin - Dhafer Youssef and Wolfgang Muthspiel - The Golden Compass - Fela Kuti - Women of Troy


Aretha Franklin
Rare and Unreleased Recordings from the Golden Reign of the Queen of Soul

Don't write this off as just an excuse to release the scraps of someone's career to make some money. Though even any scraps from the vault of Aretha would be welcome. This double CD set is a wonderful collection of demos and out-takes which include some absolute gems from a six-year period from 1967 when she started recording some of her best work with Atlantic records.

Also new out this month is Franklin's All Star Duets with the Queen.

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