TV Times - 15 - 21 September 2007

Beyond hatred

This weeks highlights include documentaries on rebellion within India's caste system and the harassment of Christian ex-Muslims.

Other highlights are a radio report on British experiences of Moscow's Communist School and a high quality film monologue of Levi's key work on the triumph of the human spirit over the worst conditions any State can mete out to any group of human beings.

Mon 17 September - 8 - 9pm - Channel 4 - Dispatches: Unholy War
This edition investigates the intimidation, harassment and violence meted out to Muslims who, once settled in the UK, decide to convert to Christianity. This situation appears to have been compounded by the failure of leaders of both faiths to speak out on the subject.

Mon 17 September - 10 - 11.40pm - BBC4 - This Film Is Not Yet Rated
This repeated showing of a favoured Storyville documentary tells the story of how the film-maker hires a private eye to reveal the identities of the secret committee responsible for America's movie certification, the MPAA.

Mon 17 September - 11.40pm - 1.20am - BBC4 - The Devil's Backbone
This supernatural horror, from the director of "Pan's Labyrinth", is similarly set during the Spanish Civil War. In Spanish with English subtitles.

Pick of the Week red n black star
Tue 18 September - 10 - 11.45pm - More4 - True Stories: Beyond Hatred
This detailed, moving and finely nuanced documentary is a study of the family of a murder victim killed in a French park when a gang of skinheads failed to find an Arab, so moved on to target a homosexual.

Thu 20 September - 10 - 11.20pm - BBC4 - Primo
This is a virtual monologue delivered by Antony Sher and is a film based on the National Theatre's adaptation of Primo Levis' Auschwitz memoir "If This Is A Man". A faithful version of this vital and compelling work, Sher allows us to share for a moment the sheer triumph of Levi's survival.

Fri 21 September - 7.35 - 8pm - Channel 4 - Unreported World - 2/10
This documentary tells the story of the 170 million Dalit's once referred to as the "Untouchables" purely because of their positioning at the bottom of India's rigidly adhered - to caste system. The Dalits do not just endure extreme poverty, they suffer great humiliation and even their children are treated with great cruelty by those adults who occupy the post of schoolteachers. Bravely however, they are increasingly rebelling against the crushing discrimination they face.

Fri 21 September - 8 - 8.30pm - Radio 4 - It's My Story - School for Communists
This programme tells the stories of the first and last Britons to attend the Higher Party School for Communists. Jim Riordan was one; he went to Moscow in 1961 to attend the School and here reports on what went on behind those heavily guarded walls in an intriguing tale from Britain's Cold War past.

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Lone Wolf
Sep 17 2007 00:50

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