What Sunday's Academy Awards reveal about the state of Cinema.
Why young Uzbekis are being warned that rap and rock are dangerous.
Pakistani author Aamer Hussein argues that we've all been uprooted.
Why so many Germans sing in choirs; even those who think they can't sing.
As modest British buddy movie the King's Speech cleans up at The Oscars and Natalie Portman wins the Academy Award for best actress, entertainment writer Owen Gleiberman in New York asks where now for American film.
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Uzbekistan's state television has broadcast a Soviet-propaganda style film denouncing rap and rock music as Western liberal excess. Why is this secular government now starting to show signs of irritation with Western culture? The Strand talks to the BBC's Head of Central Asian Service Hamid Ismailov.
Aamer Hussein was born in Karachi and now lives in London. His new novel, The Cloud Messenger, tells the story of a restless man who also moves from Pakistan to England, via India and Italy. The novel explores the life and loves of a man who is deeply immersed in writing, poetry and song from both continents.
The Cloud Messenger by Aamer Hussein is published by Telegram books.
Choirs in Germany
Abby Darcy reports from Berlin on the rise in popularity of choirs - from the very amateur to the highly professional - across Germany.
Photo shows the Rundfunkchor Choir from Berlin.
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