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Issue No. 2011



Directed by Gavin Hood
DVD out now

This film traces six days in Tsotsi’s life in modern South Africa. He ends up caring for a baby he accidentally kidnaps during a carjacking.

This riveting drama is about the triumph of love and compassion over rage and alienation.

It is based on the book by South African writer Athol Fugard.

The audience is transported into a world of radical contrasts in this well paced psychological thriller.

Bruce George

Beyond Istanbul
underground grooves of Turkey
Trikont CD

The wide range of music coming out of Turkey is reflected on this compilation. Cheesy pop, hip-hop and experimental electronic sounds have fed back from across Europe and fused with traditional music.

The artists on the album come from Turkey and the Turkish diaspora. The long established Baba Zula mix Turkish rhythms with the experimental electronics of the 1970s.

Sivan Perwer has been singing in his native Kurdish since the 1970s. Nil Karaibrahimgil offers modern pop music. This is a fascinating selection.

Terry Cornot

Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
Until 5 August

This new production of Carlo Goldoni’s Mirandolina weaves a tapestry of song and dance throughout the play.

Goldoni wrote Mirandolina at the end of the 18th century to portray the great changes taking place in society due to the rise of capitalism. Florence was one of the places where this was taking place.

Mirandolina is an independent woman in control of her own life, which was very different to how women had previously been viewed.

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Sat 29 Jul 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2011
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