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Nasrin Sotoudeh, My White Best Friend, Himalayas, Barbara Hannigan

Human rights lawyer jailed, Rachel De-lahay on play My White Best Friend, Zara Balfour on Children of the Snow Land documentary and Canadian soprano and conductor Barbara Hannigan.

The Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been sentenced to a total of 38 years in jail and 148 lashes, according to her family. Ms Sotoudeh was charged with several national security-related offences, all of which she denies. She has spent most of her career defending women's rights & protesting against Iran’s forced hijab laws. Jenni talks to Mansoureh Mills, Middle East Researcher at Amnesty and Rana Rahimpour, BBC Persian Service reporter and presenter, about the case.

Could you put your white best friend on stage and remind them that they’re part of the problem? Jenni talks to playwright Rachel De-lahay about her play 'My White Best Friend,' and to Ines de Clercq who will perform it in a week-long festival of letters at the Bunker in London.

Children born in remote parts of Nepal, high in the Himalayas, have no access to education. Some are sent away from their families to a charity boarding school in
Kathmandu from the age of just 4. ‘Children of the Snow Land’ is a feature length documentary that traces three of those children as they return to their families for the
first time in more than a decade. Zara Balfour, co-director of the film joins Jenni.

Barbara Hannigan, an award-winning Canadian soprano and conductor, joins Jenni to talk about her concert with the London Symphony Orchestra. She will describe how she manages the astonishing task of singing and conducting at the same time.

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