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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

Seaspiracy—is there something fishy behind ocean pollution?


Seaspiracy has a great deal to say about capitalism’s damage of our oceans from pollution and species destruction

The Mauritanian gives a face to the victims of US torture


This is the true story of a man locked in Guantanamo Bay without charge for 14 years

Menace and mystery in jumpy psychological horror The Night


The Night is a horror movie set largely in a small space with just a handful of characters

Ahoy, matey! Pirate series treasures truth of high seas


Gabby Thorpe urges Socialist Worker readers to get beyond this docudrama’s corny characters and misshapen plots, and embrace their inner raider

The truth behind the Khashoggi killing


The Dissident is the true story of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi Arabian journalist who walked into his country’s consul in Istanbul and disappeared.

Black Power in Britain—as told by those who fought


A new BBC documentary tells the history of anti-racist resistance in the 60s and 70s, featuring interviews with leading activists

The case of Britney Spears, mental distress and the state


The documentary Framing Britney Spears has lifted the lid on the ugly world of profit and exploitation behind the celebrity glamour

BBC doc exposes systemic racism behind Covid deaths


Black, Asian and minority ethnic patients are dying in disproportionate numbers from Covid-19. Actor David Harewood felt compelled to discover the reasons why

How the FBI killed the ‘black messiah’ Fred Hampton


Judas and the Black Messiah tells the true story of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton. It captures the spirit of a revolutionary

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