It’s a powerful story about love, family and living with the past. The Israeli novelist Zeruya Shalev talks to Tina about her latest book Pain, a novel shaped by her experience of being seriously injured in a Jerusalem suicide bombing.
Following the decision of President Donald Trump to withdraw US forces from predominantly Kurdish-controlled north-eastern Syria, a new conflict in the war-torn country erupted. Reporter Sarhang Hars spoke to radio host and songwriter Sefqan Orkêş about living through that conflict and speaking up for Syria’s Kurdish people through music.
Ten of Nigeria’s biggest stars come together on stage to tell stories of domestic violence, overturning the status quo, abuse, disrespect, bravery, sisterhood and joy. That’s the idea behind Hear Word and the show’s writer and director, Ifeoma Fafunwa speaks to BBC’s Mugabi Turya about the inspiration behind this powerful piece of performance art.
Plus, has a song, a book or poem ever changed the way you see the world? The best-selling writer Alexander McCall Smith reveals how a borrowed book picked off a dusty library shelf inspired his love for the work of one of England’s greatest poets, WH Auden.
Presented by Tina Daheley
Image: Zeruya Shalev
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The street photographers reframing Africa
Picture an Africa that is more than sunsets and safaris, or where war, poverty and famine aren’t the focus. Young street photographers are using their phones and digital cameras to document a continent that’s changing at breakneck speed.
Adora Mba meets the talented young photographers who are subverting stereotype and capturing the everyday.
In Harare, husband-and-wife team Chiedza and Zash Chinhara want to show that there’s more to Zimbabwe than the Mugabe aftermath. She’s a stylist and he’s a photographer, and together they set up glossy fashion shoots in largely ignored parts of the city.
Moroccan street photographer Yoriyas shows us Casablanca in all its colour and contrast. He tells us how his North African heritage and his dance training have led to a unique style of composition: women in hijabs sit next to African B-Boys, while skyscrapers stand beside colonial buildings.
The photographs of Eyerusalem Jiregna capture the people of Ethiopia as they go to school, to work, and to worship. She explains why it’s important to tell their stories as a female photographer.
In Accra, Ghana, a new wave of photographers are showing what ordinary life is like for residents of one of Africa’s fastest growing cities. Nana Kofi Acquah, Francis Kokoroko and Prince Gyasi, who have thousands of followers on Instagram, meet Adora during the Chale Wote festival, to explain why it’s so important to offer a counterpoint to the mainstream media by documenting the energy, optimism and diversity of the modern Africa in which they live.
Produced by Melissa FitzGerald and Fleur Macdonald, Blakeway Productions
Image: Francis Kokoroko (Credit: Nana Kofi Acquah)
Gavin Hood and Katharine Gun: How we made Official Secrets
From government whistle blower to Hollywood movie. The director Gavin Hood and the former British intelligence worker Katharine Gun speak to The Cultural Frontline about how her decision to leak the details of an alleged US plan to bug UN delegates before the Iraq war changed her life and became an acclaimed film starring Keira Knightley.
How far would you go for a good story? Taking untrained child actors on a rehearsal boot camp or filming in the jungle with the help of local goldminers? We speak to Alejandro Landes the director of Colombian kidnap drama Monos about the lengths he went to for his art.
Plus the Saudi writer-director Shahad Ameen reveals how she was inspired by Arabic folklore to make her new film, the feminist mermaid fantasy, Scales.
Presenter: Tina Daheley
(Photo: Keira Knightly as Katharine Gun and Director Gavin Hood. Credit: Entertainment One/Columbia Pictures)