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Documentary The Council’s focus on cuts doesn’t go deep enough


The Council, a new three-part documentary, follows the experiences of workers at Scotland’s third largest council in Fife.

The ABC of Capitalism—it’s back to school for young and old with this exhibition


There are hard plastic chairs and work on the walls—but this is no ordinary classroom. The ABC of Capitalism is seriously good fun, writes Geoff Brown

John Pilger's film The Coming War On China exposes US brutality in Pacific Ocean


Veteran left wing filmmaker John Pilger turns the tables on US scaremongering about Chinese military expansion by exposing the imperialist history of the US in the Asia-Pacific region.

1917 - Russia’s Red Year is inspiring in full colour a century on


A new graphic novel brings the Russian Revolution to life with an emphasis on the role played by ordinary working people, writes Gabby Thorpe

Setting the record straight on how migrants built NHS


BBC documentary Black Nurses busts the myth that migrants drain our NHS, but it misses out the story of their collective struggle

Searching for the roots of Reggae’s liberatory sound


Roots, Reggae and Rebellion, presented by the politically-charged rapper and poet Akala, is a journey through the rise of the movement.

Brutal reality of US power exposed in new play on war


Arcola Theatre’s new production, Drones, Baby, Drones, has uncomfortable questions on warfare for a liberal conscience, writes?Tomáš Tengely-Evans

Shaking off colonial restrictions in 1960s Bamako—the photography of Malick Sidibe


photographer Malick Sidibe became known as “the eye of Bamako” for his black and white images chronicling youth culture in Bamako in the wake of Mali’s independence in 1960.

How revolutionary times produced revolutionary art


The 1917 Russian Revolution unleashed a torrent of creativity in every field of art, from painting and sculpture to acting, poetry and architectural engineering.

Boyz n the Hood re-release couldn’t be more relevant


Back in the early 1990s anyone who followed black American culture could sense a coming explosion. A series of black films were omens of a new era.

Don’t miss out on the best of new African cinema


The Royal African Society presents its sixth film festival showcasing its pick of the best new African film and filmmakers this month.

Caravaggio—paintings that pushed the boundaries of a new society


A new exhibition explores the work of 17th century artist Caravaggio and his followers—and the turbulent period that produced it, writes?Julie Sherry

Westworld—gun-slinging robots turn fantasies into nightmares


Westworld depicts a society where the rich pay vast amounts to take out their basest desires on a virtual reality populated by synthetic humans and animals.

Chasing Asylum film smuggles out the message from Australia's offshore camps


This harrowing but powerful film to be shown on BBC Four next week exposes the human impact of the Australian government’s cruelty to refugees.

Skinheads–a working class cult that’s been ska’d for life?


Say “skinheads” and most people will think instinctively of fascist thugs but the truth is far more complex.

Brutality lives on in US as prisons replace plantations


Black people in the US make up 5 percent of the total population—but 25 percent of the prison population. This insightful documentary film exposes the reality behind the statistic.

Will Damned expose Tories’ cuts agenda in social work?


Damned, Channel 4’s new sitcom about social workers, made a decent start. But we’re yet to see if it will tackle the real issues, writes Louise Harrisen

Abstract Expressionism—when New York was alive with promise


The Royal Academy’s exhibition gives a glimpse of New York’s artistic scene in the aftermath of the Second World War.

Free State of Jones - an American Civil War story that will sting racists with its tale


A film about Confederate deserter Newton Knight punctures the myth of a South united behind slavery in the American Civil War, writes Charlie Kimber

William Blake’s paintings give Tracey Emin’s famous bed new meaning


An exhibition in Liverpool offers a rare chance to see two very different giants of art, writes Alex May

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