DVD, £18 (Optimum)
I Saw Ben Barka Get Killed
DVD, £19 (Artificial Eye)
Two of last year’s best political films are out now on DVD to buy or rent.
Pan’s Labyrinth, directed by Guillermo del Toro, is a fantasy horror tale set in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War.
The DVD comes with an extensive interview with Del Toro that details the film’s rich imagery.
I Saw Ben Barka Get Killed is an intricate political thriller that examines the murky circumstances surrounding the 1965 disappearance of Mehdi Ben Barka, a socialist leader of the Moroccan independence struggle.
A Disappearing Number
Theatre de Complicité
The radical theatre company Complicité are back this month with their first original piece since 2001’s Light.
A Disappearing Number has not yet been previewed.
All that’s known is that it concerns mathematics, cultural identity and creativity.
The piece is directed by Simon McBurney and has music composed by Nitin Sawhney.
Anyone based near Plymouth or Warwick should grab the chance to see what will be one of the most exciting new plays of the year.
28–31 March – Theatre Royal Plymouth. Phone 01752 267 222
25–28 April – Warwick Arts Centre. Phone 024 7652 4524
Human Rights Watch film festival
This international film festival is put together by Human Rights Watch and reflects the organisation’s liberal politics.
But it includes several screenings of interest to the radical left, including Indian filmmaker Deepa Mehta’s long awaited Water, the third film in her trilogy, is premiered here.
Other highlights include Ghosts Of Abu Ghraib by US filmmaker Rory Kennedy and the premiere of Days Of Glory, Rachid Bouchareb’s much anticipated film about North African soldiers serving in the French army during the Second World War.
21–30 March, various venues, London