The Movie Making Inmate of Manus Island
A new documentary film called 'Chauka, Please tell us the time' gives an insider’s view of the treatment of inmates at Australia’s controversial Manus Island detention centre, who are mostly asylum seekers that have arrived on boats. We speak to the Iranian producer and co-director Arash Kamali Sarvestani who approached an Iranian inmate on the Island, Behrouz Boochani, to make shot the film in secret on his smartphone. A landmark court ruling in Osaka which states that only a qualified...
Wounds of War: Angola's Troubled Past
As Angola chooses a new president, João Lourenço, award-winning Angolan artist Kiluanji Kia Henda discusses how artists can interact with his country's recent violent history and politics. Argentinian rapper Romina Bernardo, better known as Chocolate Remix, talks about taking Reggaeton music, which is known for its sexist and homophobic overtones, and remixing it for a feminist, gender-fluid audience in Buenos Aires, the gay capital of South America. Male circumcision is the backdrop of a...
Catalan Culture and the Question of Independence
Two Catalan cultural figures discuss the divisive issue of the disputed independence referendum in Catalonia. Despite being on opposite sides of the debate, Isona Passola, a film producer and president of the Catalan Academy of Cinema and the novelist Eduardo Mendoza, winner of the prestigious Cervantes Prize, remain firm friends. Jacky-Oh Weinhaus, of the spoof political party Drag for Germany, reflects on using the art of drag to promote tolerance and democracy during the German election...
Combat and Culture: Women on the Frontline
Tina Daheley discusses the reality and cultural representation of women in combat with actor Avital Lvova and writer Henry Naylor from the play Angel (about Kurdish sniper Rehanna), and Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, author of Ashley's War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield. There's room for fighting women on the real frontlines, so why not in the movies? Also - Russian film director Alexei Uchitel talks about his forthcoming feature film Matilda, based on...
An Act Of Censorship Or Cultural Sensitivity?
Should a divisive, traumatising sculpture have been dismantled? ‘Scaffold’, a sculpture by white American artist Sam Durant, was intended to explore America’s relationship with capital punishment. A faithful replica of seven hangman’s gallows, the work reflects the execution of 38 Dakota Indians in 1862, in what was the largest government-sanctioned mass-hanging in U.S. history. When erected by a prestigious art gallery in Minnesota, in full sight of Dakota land, protestors called the work...
Beyond the Borders of Partition
This week on the Cultural Frontline, guided by some of the Indian subcontinent’s finest contemporary artists we explore Partition, not as a historical event, but as an open wound. Award winning authors, Pakistani novelist Kamila Shamsie and Indian writer Urvashi Butalia, both from families of Partition refugees, discuss how the legacy of independence continues to shape the cultural identity of both of their homelands. Exploring the fallout of Partition across the generations, Indian...