Dramas of Affection and Enslavement in Roma and The Second Mother


Latin American cinema gets to grips with the legacy of colonialism Winner of Best Foreign Film at the Golden Globes, and new Netflix release, Roma is the latest film directed by Mexican...

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The Tides Are Turning: Climate Optimism for 2019


Despite the headlines, the past year was a turning point for climate action. Even for those who don’t regularly engage with or care about so-called ‘green issues’, you’d...

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Porgy and Bess and the Place Just Beyond White Civility


ENO’s Porgy and Bess is a musical triumph that tackles, however imperfectly, black cultural representation. The first performance of George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess was in 1935...

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Editors’ Picks for Your 2019 Reading List


Step into 2019 equipped with classic fiction and non-fiction. Here are a few book recommendations from five of our editors.   If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin...

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Sorry to Bother You: Riches, Rewards and Rebellions in a Familiar Working World


Boots Riley’s directorial debut offers an outrageous take on modernity’s failures, but some may find its subject matter a little too familiar * Contains spoilers Boots Riley’s...

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Remorseless, Cathartic, Petty, but Just: Revenge Films Paving the Way to Oscars 2019


How upcoming Oscar contenders and Oscar snubs explored the types of revenge that make up our society By the end of the year, cinemas are dominated by high-end dramas, many hoping...

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In the Shadow of the Han


An eyewitness account from Xinjiang At the most unexpected moments, something is revealed that breeches the iron grip of life in China’s far-Western Xinjiang province. I find myself...

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