The meaning of Dunkirk

By David Elstein

David Elstein, director of three episodes of the seminal “The World At War” series, finds Dunkirk to be a powerful film but one shorn of historical context. Here he fills in the vital gaps – and finds some curious anomalies.

 

Andrei Zvyagintsev: not your token Russian

By Natalia Antonova

In an age of disinformation, sincerity is political. The films of Andrei Zvyagintsev are powerful precisely because of this.

Portraits of Pain

By Geoffrey Heptonstall

“It is in part thanks to Picasso that humanity retains its moral compass even as violence rages in the mouths of elected hypocrites of all persuasions. The importance of Guernica as a testimony is extraordinary. Aesthetically challenging and ethically uncompromising, Guernica is for many the masterwork of the modernist master.”

Tayeb Salih, Sudan’s Iconic Novelist

By Allston Mitchell

“The genius of the modern Arabic novel”. A literary icon in his native Sudan and throughout the Arab-speaking world, Tayeb Salih is the author of the world famous “Season of Migration to the North”.

Beat Box

By MC Ledbetter

Updated for May 2017. Every month we recommend a few classic music CDs that rarely see the light of day. This month sees: Jesus Guerrero, Budos Band, Dead Combo, Ebo Taylor, Marc Ribot y Los Cubanos Postizos, Ali Khattab and The Cairo Jazz Band get main billing.

Political Tours

Political Tours