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First broadcast:
Saturday 05 February 2011

The best of this week's global arts, film, literature and music. Presented by Harriett Gilbert.

Including author Colin Grant reflecting on the lasting legacy of Bob Marley's 'One Love' philosophy reflected in his music.

  • E.C.Osondu


    The Caine Prize winning Nigerian writer EC Osondu discusses his collection of short stories "Voice of America" which explores Nigerian experiences of home and the US.

  • Bob Marley

    Bob Marley

    Thirty years on from the death of the Reggae superstar, Bob Marley, the author Colin Grant reflects on the lasting legacy of Marley's 'One Love' philosophy reflected in his music.

  • Diana Thater: Chernobyl

    Diana Thater: Chernobyl

    Mark Coles meets the American artist Diana Thater. Her latest video installation takes the viewer to a destroyed movie theatre in the heart of a city abandoned after the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl. 25 years after the event she offers a powerful portrait of a post-nuclear landscape.

    Photo: Diana Thater
    Production Still
    © Diana Thater
    Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth

  • Rien a Declarer

    Dany Boon is one of the most popular French actors and directors. His previous film, Welcome chez les Ch'tis, is the most successful French film in France, seen by over 20 million people. In his new comedy, Rien a declarer, Dany Boon tackles the hereditary antagonism between France and Belgium, seen through the eyes of custom officers. Film critic Agnes Poirier tells Harriett why Dany Boon resonates so much with the French public and if his new film could appeal to an international audience.

  • Gabriel Orozco

    Gabriel Orozco

    Black Kites 1997 © Courtesy of the artist; Marian Goodman Gallery, New York; Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris; and Kurimanzutto, Mexico City.

    Once called one of the most influential artists of the last decade, Gabriel Orozco is a Mexican artist, whose work carries on defying categorization. He has worked with video, drawings, and installations in addition to his photographs and sculptures, and the one remaining theme of his art is to allow the audience's imagination to explore the creative associations between oft-ignored objects in today's world. A major retrospective of his work is currently on show at Tate Modern in London.

    Gabriel Orozco at The Tate.
  • Michael Cunningham

    Michael Cunningham

    The Strand talks to Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Michael Cunningham, author of the The Hours, about his new book By Nightfall. It tells the story of a married New York art dealer who falls in love with his wife's younger brother, and raises questions about the power and purpose of art.

  • Iness Mezel

    Iness Mezel

    Iness Mezel is a French-born artist from Algerian-Kabyle origins. Her new album, Beyond the Trance, produced by Justin Adams (Robert Plant's collaborator, and producer of Tinariwen and Natasha Atlas), is sung in French and Berber. Iness tells Mark Coles about the influence of her background on her music and why she sings in Berber.


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