Visions of Zimbabwe: When Words Fail Art Speaks
Manchester City Art Gallery until February 2005
Visions of Zimbabwe is a pioneering exhibition. It brings ten contemporary artists and three writers from Zimbabwe to Manchester.
It provides an international platform for artists at a time when their work is censored in their own country.
Much of the work explores the harsh realities of the political regime, but some of the artists celebrate everyday life and offer hope for the future.
The Fireworkmaker’s Daughter
Told by an Idiot, based on the novel by Phillip Pullman
On the night I saw the play there were three separate groups of school children who had a great time.
As always with Told by an Idiot, the creative use of objects keeps the audience with them.
A young girl’s journey to prove herself is a typical Christmas feelgood story, but the way in which it’s told puts it ahead of a lot of others.
Directed by Jonathan Nossiter
An investigation into the wine business that not only tells you everything that you ever wanted to ask about wine but were to afraid to ask.
The film also looks at wider concerns about globalisation, homogenisation, the effect of the mass media, the power of capital and the need for diversity.