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In The Face of History | Firsts 2006 | We Shall Overcome | Innocent Voices

Issue No. 2027

Emmy Andrisse’s Girls Hanging Onto Shop Railings  (Pic: Joost Elffers, New York/ Prentenkabinet, University of Leiden)

Emmy Andrisse’s Girls Hanging Onto Shop Railings (Pic: Joost Elffers, New York/ Prentenkabinet, University of Leiden)

In The Face of History
Barbican, central London
until 28 January

Emmy Andrisse’s Girls Hanging Onto Shop Railings taken just after the liberation of Amsterdam from the Nazis in 1945 is part of the In The Face of History exhibition at the Barbican in central London. The exhibition charts the history of European photography from 1900.

Firsts 2006
Linbury Studio Theatre at the Royal Opera House, central London
17 - 25 November

This is a showcase of some of the most innovative performers working in Britain today.

Dance, theatre, puppetry and music are brought together in this week-long event.

Highlights include choreographer Josephine Dyer’s Viva La Vida which draws on Frida Kahlo’s painful and turbulent life to create an emotional dance. This is performed on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 November.

We Shall Overcome
Directed by Niels Arden Oplev
Out Friday 17 November

This Danish film is about Fritz, a 13 year old boy, who is inspired by the speeches of Martin Luther King to make a stand against the authoritarianism of his school headmaster.

With his father hospitalised by depression, Fritz must deal with the brutality at his new school.

We Shall Overcome is based on a true story and shows how the winds of change blowing throughout the 1960s were felt everywhere.

Katherine Branney

Innocent Voices
Directed by Luis Mandoki
DVD out now

This film is based on writer Oscar Orlando Torres’ own childhood experiences of El Salvador’s brutal civil war between 1979-91.

Eleven year old Chava becomes the head of the household when his father abandons the family in the middle of the war.

The US-backed right wing government slaughtered thousands as it attempted to put down left wing guerrillas.

As Chava draws close to the military recruitment age of 12, he is faced with the decision of whether to stay with his family and face the risk of being conscripted into the government forces, or join his Uncle Beto in the guerrilla army.

Simone Murray

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Sat 18 Nov 2006, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 2027
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