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A city in revolt, seen through the eyes of its Labour mayor


This BBC documentary follows mayor Marvin Rees as he faces up to the Black Lives Matter movement. It’s interesting—and infuriating

Time—a tense and claustrophobic prison drama


The BBC is making a big deal of this new three-part prison drama—and not just because of its big name actors

After Love—a disturbing yet beautiful film about grief and identity


In After Love, recently bereaved Mary Hussain discovers her husband’s secret life—and what she has in common with his other family, writes Sophie Squire

Mdou Moctar’s Afrique Victime is an exciting and psychedelic album of Desert Blues


From the virtuosic guitarist, singer, and songwriter Mdou Moctar comes this musical and political tour de force

Exterminate All the Brutes—an uncompromising history of colonialism with a flaw


Raoul Peck takes an inventive approach to documentary-making with series Exterminate All the Brutes

Rare Beasts—a chaotic film with a confused message


Billie Piper wanted her first film to say something about sexism, parenthood and relationships—but what that something is isn’t clear

The High House is a vision of a dreadful future after climate catastrophe


It takes courage to write about climate catastrophe as it’s likely to unfold—steadily but also suddenly, and with a huge loss of life, in every sense of the word

BBC documentary Extra Life explores the long history of racism and vaccines


Extra Life explores previous global pandemics to learn lessons in the fight against Covid-19

The End of Men is a pandemic-era novel that cuts very close to the bone


This is a stunning book with an unfortunately horribly familiar theme—how to cope with a deadly pandemic

The Bike Thief tells a story of precarity, poverty and survival


The family of a Romanian delivery driver teeters on the brink when his motorbike goes missing, in The Bike Thief

Beast Beast—growing up and shattered innocence in a US suburb


Beast Beast brings together the lives of three young people in what feels like a long hazy summer, coming-of-age drama.

Cowboys—a Western that’s also a coming out journey


A trans boy and his father go on the run in search of freedom, in this welcome exploration of the tensions that can accompany coming out

Nomadland is a powerful—but drippy—austerity story


This film has won plaudits and awards because it resonates with life after a decade of loss—but it’s all just a bit too sentimental

Alan Partridge returns in familiar blend of satire and slapstick


Norwich’s finest export is back for a second series where he is so desperate to belong—in front of a TV camera

Ghosts—Glasgow’s hidden slave trade history revealed


Ghosts, written and directed by Adura Onashile, is the latest work by the National Theatre of Scotland

New novel shows the truth of the Egyptian Revolution


The Republic of False Truths by Alaa Al Aswany brings the story of the revolution to life through the eyes of those who lived it

Safe—stories of survival


Safe—a new digital theatre production—tells the real stories of four young LGBT+ people facing homelessness or living in difficult circumstances

I Blame Society—how to make a killing in a sexist industry


I Blame Society is a mockumentary about film industry sexism with a dose of serial murder dropped in

Deutschland ’89—the end of Communism and the big grey mess of history


The Deutschland TV series’ writer and creator Anna Winger told Socialist Worker how it combines truth and fiction

Greta Thunberg’s fight to force action for the climate


A BBC documentary focuses on the climate activist who inspired a movement. But Thunberg insists it’s not all about one person

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