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Ghosts | War Path | The Mark of Cain

Issue No. 2045

Ai Qin Lin as the central character in Nick Broomfield’s film Ghosts

Ai Qin Lin as the central character in Nick Broomfield’s film Ghosts

Directed by Nick Broomfield
DVD (Tartan Video) £19.99

This excellent film by the documentary maker Nick Broomfield dramatises events leading up to the tragic drowning of 23 Chinese cockle pickers in Morecambe Bay three years ago.

It is released on DVD on Monday of next week. The story focuses on a single mother, played beautifully by Ai Qin Lin, and her experiences in the shadowy world of illegal migrant labour.

You can read Socialist Worker’s interviews with Nick Broomfield and investigative journalist Hsiao-Hung Pai, who worked on the film, in A haunting portrayal of the Morecambe Bay tragedy

War Path
Tate Britain, London
until 21 May
free entry

The Tate Britain in central London continues its exploration of art and war by launching this “game of hawks and doves”, designed by a group of young people as part of the gallery’s Visual Dialogues outreach programme.

The War Path game takes people on a tour of war related paintings and sculpture across the gallery. It takes in works by William Blake and Mark Gertler, before ending up at Mark Wallinger’s State Britain installation – a reconstruction of Brian Haw’s anti-war protest outside parliament.

Throughout the tour you’re asked a series of questions about your reactions to the work, designed to find out whether you are a “hawk” or a “dove”. It’s an engaging and unusual project that’s bound to provoke surprises. Check it out if you get the chance.

The Mark of Cain
Channel 4

9pm, Thursday 5 April

This feature film dramatises the lives of British soldiers based in Basra, Iraq, as they get caught up in the abuse and torture of Iraqi prisoners.

It is being premiered on Channel 4 on Thursday of this week and released on DVD next Monday.

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Sat 7 Apr 2007, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2045
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