Five things for October

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South of the Border - Black & Beautiful - Soul & Madness - This is England '86 - Guantanamo - Black Watch


South of the Border - DVD

Oliver Stone's take on Latin America, co-written with Tariq Ali, is a powerful and entertaining film in a style reminiscent of Michael Moore.


Black & beautiful/Soul & madness - South Bank Centre, 22 October

The poet and music critic Amiri Baraka, known then as Leroi Jones, articulated better than most the rage and the passion of the Black Power Movement. In 1968 he launched his Jihad record label and recorded marginalised musicians of the free jazz movement. Jihad produced only three records, the last of which is Black & Beautiful /Soul & Madness.

An original copy of Black & Beautiful/Soul & Madness is as rare as hen's teeth. But this classic political recording is now reissued. Baraka makes a rare British appearance when he appears alongside Jean "Binta" Breeze at the South Bank Centre.


This is England '86 - DVD, out 11 October

Shane Meadows' four part series made for Channel 4 brings together the cast of his wonderful award winning film, This is England to follow them three years on.


Guantanamo: if the light goes out - Flowers Gallery, London, until 13 November

"When you are suspended by a rope you can recover but every time I see a rope I remember. If the light goes out unexpectedly in a room, I am back in my cell," - Binyam Mohamed, Prisoner #1458.

This exhibition and new book of the same name look at the experience of prisoners in Guantanamo. There are images of their cells and of the homes some of them have been released to, along with pictures of the homes of the US personnel on the base.

He also includes images of letters sent to British resident Omar Deghayes during his six year imprisonment. Most were from people he had never met, he never got to see the originals - even the backs of envelopes and blank sheets of paper were redacted, photocopied or scanned.


Black Watch - Touring until January 2011

This affecting play takes its audience on a journey to the dark heart of the Iraq war, and the rough reality of life as a squaddie in the Black Watch battalion.

Having premiered to great acclaim in 2006, Black Watch has been revived, with tour dates in Scotland and London until January. Definitely worth a look if you missed it first time around.