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A Reel tribute

Issue No. 1686


A Reel tribute

KEEP IT Reel is an 11 track CD produced by musicians to support the fight for justice for Ricky Reel. The CD stands as a commemoration of Ricky, whose body was found in the River Thames in October 1997. The last time he was seen alive he was being chased by racists through Kingston. One of the impressive features of the Ricky Reel campaign is the way it has pulled around it a number of artists, many of whom turned up to support the family at the recent inquest.

Keep It Reel is worth getting for two reasons. Firstly, the money raised goes to fund the campaign's continuing fight. Secondly, the music on the CD is well worth having. Asian Dub Foundation's "My Promise to Ricky" mixes moving testimony from Ricky's mother Sukh dev with haunting background music. Taz of Stereo Nation's "Brother Man" is a great anthem of solidarity, combining a Western rock style with Indian sounds. Shahin Badar's "Always" is a beautifully crafted pop song. There are also tracks from Earthtribe, Fun-da-mental, Invasion, Swami and Da Banned.

  • Send a cheque for 10 to: Justice for Ricky Reel, c/o TMG, PO Box 304, Southall, Middlesex UB2 5YR. Make cheques payable to "Justice for Ricky Reel".


A moving reminder

By Joel Hirsch

THE ANNE Frank exhibition powerfully portrays what a Nazi regime leads to. Using photos, posters and personal accounts, the exhibition tells the story of Anne Frank. Anne was a young Jewish girl living in Amsterdam. In 1940 the Nazis invaded Holland. Anne and her family were forced to go into hiding. For four years she lived in an attic, and throughout that time she kept a diary. Tragically, the Nazis found her and her family and sent them to the Bergen-Belsen death camp where she died. The good thing about the exhibition is that it links the horrors of the past with the racism and the growth of the Nazis today. This is a travelling exhibition which will visit many towns and cities over the next two years.

  • The exhibition is in Woolwich in south east London (29 Feb-29 March) and then tours the country. Check local press for details.


THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK (Sun, 2.55pm, ITV). TV movie about the life of a Jewish girl hiding from the Nazis in occupied Holland. Later in the evening you should watch the brilliant Costa Gavras film 

MUSIC BOX (Sun, 11.50pm, ITV). Don't be confused by the title. It's about a lawyer whose father is accused of being a Nazi war criminal. 

PAYING THE PRICE: The killing of the children of Iraq (Mon, 9.30pm, ITV). Campaigning journalist John Pilger uncovers the terrible cost of economic sanctions on Iraq-over 4,000 children under five die every month as a result. On top of this Western leaders continue to wage an almost never reported bombing campaign on Iraq. This has got to be the TV highlight of the week.

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Sat 4 Mar 2000, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1686
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