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Is that really Africa on the silver screen?

Ros Atkins Ros Atkins | 14:25 UK time, Tuesday, 16 January 2007

Hi there. Lots of you have been talking about the new film 'Last King of Scotland' (which protrays life in Uganda under Idi Amin) and whether film-makers give accurate portrayals of Africa. Clearly this article in the LA Times doesn't think so.

Is this film a sign that Hollywood can treat Africa and African subjects with the subtleties they offer other subject matter? Or is it only murder and mayhem or colonial nostalgia that gets the big audiences and so the attention of the major studios? Read on for our other talking points...

IS IT RACIST TO CALL AN INDIAN WOMAN 'THE INDIAN'?
It's never far from controversy and the latest row surround the Big Brother TV show has come in the UK, after accusations that Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty is being bullied and racially abused. Her cooking has been criticised and she's been refered to by one other contestant as 'the Indian'.

Does this amount to racism? Or are the thousands of people complaining being too senstitive?

WHO DESERVES A BIOPIC?
Lots of biopic winners last night at the Golden Globe's so continuing our cinematic theme, which historical figure would you like to see featured on the silver screen?

STORIES THAT DIDN'T MAKE IT TODAY
David drew our attention to an article in Ha'aretz about unofficial peace talks between Israel and Syria - could this be an answer to the Middle East conflict?

ALL OK IN THE UK?
The union between England and Scotland is 300 years old but now could be broken.

Why should we bother to preserve rare animals?
This follows a report that some of the world's weirdest animals are under threat?

How can we stop the violence in Iraq?
Christiane highlighted comments by a UN human rights official has said that 34,000 civilians were killed in violence in Iraq during 2006 - and she suggested the question above. Always one to ask the easy questions obviously. Iraq is always a major talking point for you I know, but having discussed Iraq long and hard last week we're not going to return to it today. I'm sure we will soon.

Speak to you later on.

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