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First broadcast:
Monday 10 January 2011

The best of the world's arts, film, literature and music brought to you every day. Presented by Bidisha.

In today's programme: we review the new movie Conviction starring Hilary Swank, author Sara Shilo talks about her new novel, musical instruments made from ice and we find out if there is still room for traditional photography in the modern world.


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  • Conviction

    How far will one woman go to free her brother from a wrongful murder conviction?

  • Sara Shilo

    A debut novel scoops all the prizes and becomes a instant classic of Hebrew literature.

  • Engaged Observers

    The death of traditional photography- and the rise of the candid image.

  • Ice Music

    The ghostly sound of ice music comes to London from Norway.

  • Conviction


    Photo shows Hilary Swank attending the Conviction premiere during the 54th BFI London Film Festival.
    Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images.

    Hilary Swank stars in this real-life tale of a working mother who puts herself through law school in an effort to represent her brother who has been wrongfully convicted of murder (played by Sam Rockwell). A twice Oscar-winner for roles in Boys Don't Cry and Million Dollar Baby, will this be number three for the actress? Critic Damon Wise is here to review.

  • Sara Shilo

    Sara Shilo

    Bidisha talks to Sara Shilo about her debut novel, The Falafel King is Dead, set in a small Israeli town bordering Lebanon. An instant success in her home country, the novel was voted one of the Top Ten Israeli Books of the Decade by a leading Israeli newspaper.

    Photo by Dan Porgess



    Danielle, 13, gets measured as Michelle, 13, waits for the final weigh in on the last day of weight loss camp, Catskills, New York. From the series Girl Culture. Lauren Greenfield, negative, 2001; print, 2002
    © Lauren Greenfield/INSTITUTE

    Laura Greenfield and Susan Meiselas are two of the world's top exponents of the art and politics of pictures that tell a story. They join The Strand's Laura Hubber in Los Angeles to meditate on an art form struggling to find a role in a world where everyone has the technology to document themselves.

    You can find links to the photographers Lauren Greenfield and Susan Meiselas in the related links section at the top of this page.

    Engaged Observers
  • Ice Music

    Ice Music

    We find out from Norwegian composer Terje Isunget how ice can be made to produce beautiful music. For several years now, he has been touring the world, hewing instruments out of blocks pure ice from every country he visits. Now Bidisha catches up with him as he stops in London for a series of performances at Somerset House.

    Photo by Bruce Atherton and Jana Chiellino.

    You can find more information in the related links section at the top of this page.



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