Ai Weiwei and Anish Kapoor | Studio B Unscripted – Part 1
by Beckypublished on 25th April 2022
Ai Weiwei is one of the world’s most influential living artists and activists, known for addressing human rights and freedom of expression issues through his work. His memoir: 1000 Years of Joy and Sorrows, shares his family story of growing up in China. Sculptor and installation artist Anish Kapoor has created large-scale artworks across the globe that challenge us to engage subjectively with them, including Cloud Gate in Chicago and the ArcelorMittal Orbit in London. The two global icons compare notes on freedom of expression, how art can challenge power, and what subversive art looks like today.
Catherine Russell, UNICEF's executive director, and footballer David Beckham, a goodwill ambassador for the organisation, talk to Al Jazeera. UNICEF is the United Nations agency responsible for providing humanitarian and developmental aid to children worldwide. But are world leaders doing enough for young people? And are athletes and other celebrities making the difference politicians have not been able to achieve?
DRAMA - 'Sweet Summer' Official Music Video
Moses Sumney performing "Plastic" at Sofar NYC on October 21st, 2014.
Artist Adjaratou Ouédraogo is more famous abroad than at home in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. In The Painter, by filmmaker Ousmane Zoromé Samassékou, she organises a street art event called "My City In Painting" to encourage locals to celebrate and participate in art. In this thoughtful, immersive film we also see her at work in her studio while she contemplates her craft and shares the story of how she found her voice and her happiness through painting.
The Great British Curry Crisis
2 years ago
Butter Chicken, Rogan Josh, and the all-time favourite - Chicken Tikka Masala! The United Kingdom has embraced curry as its national dish, with tens of thousands of Indian restaurants serving mouth-watering dishes to British taste buds. Staffed over the decades by an influx of migrants from South Asia, these curry houses employ more than 100,000 people. But now this $5bn industry is in freefall. Every week, two Indian restaurants are shutting down as COVID-19, changing consumer tastes, and Brexit take a toll. In this documentary, 101 East correspondent Drew Ambrose travels across the UK to find out why Britain’s curry houses are in crisis.
Ruth B. performing “Someone Else” at Sofar NYC on Friday, February 16, 2018.
In Part 2, Gurinder Chadha and Skin discuss the importance of using cinema and music to champion new forms of hybrid identity and they reflect on the challenges of ensuring greater diversity and inclusion in the creative industries.
The Voice of Peace and Radio Caroline were pirate radio stations that launched in the 1960s and 1970s, broadcasting from ships anchored outside national territorial waters, in an attempt to challenge the societies around them. This documentary from Al Jazeera World intercuts the stories of these two stations, through a mix of archive, presenter anecdotes, journalistic analysis and historical context.
Interview with David Hoffman, Filmmaker
3 years ago
David Hoffman discusses his classic feature-length documentary Sing Sing Thanksgiving. Recorded in 1973 at Sing Sing Prison outside New York City. B.B. King, Joan Baez and other great artists came to New York's Maximum Security Prison, Sing Sing, and gave one of the best shows of their lives.
Xi Jinping's China has embarked on a campaign that could transform the country's technology, entertainment and media industries.
Karachi’s Kathak Dancers – Close Up
3 years ago
On any given Thursday, Lal Shahbaz Qalandar’s shrine in southern Pakistan reverberates with Sindhi folk music and hundreds of people dancing. But in February 2017, a suicide bomber attacked the shrine, claiming the lives of 88 people and injuring many more. In an act of defiance and solidarity, Sheema Kermani travelled to the site a few days after the attack and performed the Dhamall, a form of dance rooted in the promise of spiritual trance. Videos of her performance spread across social media.