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Five things to get or see this month

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Issue 425

Out now on DVD
The six-part TV drama broadcast on Sky Atlantic in April receives a welcome DVD release. This flawed but fascinating drama centres on racial politics in Britain in the 1970s and follows the relationship of activists Marcus and Jas (Babou Ceesay and Freida Pinto). It looks at racist policing, the impact of immigration laws, and the angry responses of the communities they targetted.

“I dream a world” Looking for Langston
Victoria Miro Gallery II,
16 Wharf Road, London, until 29 July
Isaac Julien’s 1989 visually stunning film Looking for Langston is a landmark in what became known as New Queer Cinema. It takes its inspiration from the life of writer and political activist Langston Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance of 1920s New York. For this exhibition Julien combines video and photography documenting the development and making of the film and explores the influence on him of photographers such as James Van der Zee and Robert Mapplethorpe.

The Seasons in Quincy
In cinemas and on Curzon Home Cinema from 23 June
This is a documentary in four parts about the writer and critic John Berger, who died in January. It was made over five years by, among others, Tilda Swinton and Colin MacCabe. In 1973 Berger moved to the tiny Alpine village of Quincy. He determined to spend the rest of his life participating in subsistence peasant farming as that way of life disappeared. The films combine ideas from Berger’s own work through meditations on topics such as art, politics and death.

Three Girls
BBC iPlayer until 17 June
If readers missed it when it aired, this powerful drama based on the Rochdale child sexual abuse scandal is still available to watch on BBC iPlayer. The three part series shows, in harrowing detail, just how profoundly the police and social services failed these children. The prejudices of the police play a heinous and catastrophic part in this story like so many others.

The Life and Work of Marx and Engels
Working Class Movement Library, Salford, until
29 September
This exhibition, near where Friedrich Engels produced his study of the growing industrial working class, celebrates the truly creative partnership between Karl Marx and Engels, and the body of revolutionary, philosophical and economic writings that their collaboration produced. Open Wednesdays to Fridays 1-5pm and the first Saturday of the month, 10am-4pm.

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