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Singing The Troubles: Music & Identity in Ireland

On this week’s Cultural Frontline: art, pop music, literature and folk song from the island of Ireland. As Ireland readies itself to go to the polls to vote on whether or not to liberalise its abortion laws, Irish writers Louise O'Neill and Nell McCafferty discuss the art and literature influenced by the campaign. Rosemary Jenkinson is a playwright with a self-confessed identity problem. She explains the challenges of identifying as both an East Belfast protestant and as an Irish writer,...


Truth and Taboo from Malaysia to the Middle East

On this week’s Cultural Frontline: censorship and the artists and satirists who use their creativity to evade it. Malaysian writer Bernice Chauly discusses her taboo-breaking political protest novel, Once We Were There, after Malaysia's historic election result this week. Reporter Milly Chowles meets comedian Hasan Minhaj of US TV’s The Daily Show, to find out what it's like to perform at the White House Correspondents' Dinner and to ask whether jokes can change the world. Sodienye Kurubo,...


Telling Fairy Tales for Today

This week on The Cultural Frontline we’re telling tales of modern magic, myth and morality, from Mexico to the UK and from Italy to South Africa. Mexican-American cartoonist Lalo Alacaraz tells the BBC’s Maria Elena Navas how he helped shape a different narrative for the Mexican fantasy film, Coco. Super-fan Megha Sharma meets the graphic designers Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima, who mix magic and graphics in the Harry Potter movies. Alessandro Rak, co-director of Cinderella The Cat,...


Is this a Golden Age for Arab Film?

How has revolution, conflict and social change in the Middle East shaped cinema? Can film-making thrive in countries facing instability and war? In front of a live audience in the BBC Radio Theatre, a panel of leading film-makers debate and deliberate these questions and discuss whether we now live in a golden age for Arab film. Our presenter Nawal al-Maghafi is joined by the Oscar-nominated director Ziad Doueri, documentary-maker Eliane Raheb, Iraqi film-maker Maysoon Pachachi and one of...


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