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Open City Film: 8 films, 3 days

Joan Legalamitlwa, the curator of Open City Film, knows that films deserve seated respect, not nose-around-the-corner sniffing at

Wesside story

Television comedian Ali G has taken to the big screen — will he keep his legions of fans? Very probably, writes Peter Bradshaw.

Warne delivers a bouncer

<b>REVIEW:</b> <i>Shane Warne: My Autobiography</i> (Coronet). This is a pies-and-beer rather than a cabernet-and-camembert book, writes John Young.

God in the dock

<b>REVIEWS:</b> <i>Christ: a Crisis in the Life of God</i> by Jack Miles (Heinemann) <i>It Ain't Necessarily So: Investigating the Truth of the Biblical Past</i> by Matthew Sturges (Headline) <i>Doubts and Loves: What is Left of Christianity</i> by Richard Holloway (Century)<P>

Griot of the youth

<b>REVIEW:</b> <i>Love Child</i> (University of Natal Press) is a joyful collection of short stories and poems by self-styled praise poet Gcina Mhlophe, writes Lynda Harvey.

Turning inside out

A new exhibition makes public the private thoughts of people living with HIV and Aids, writes Brenton Maart.

Sins of the father

Not the movie of the week: The quirky styling of The Royal Tenenbaumsis just a veneer over a rather ordinary, and extremely shallow, movie, writes Shaun de Waal.

Will the real pop idol please stand up?

Shakira: <i>Laundry Service</i>

Wide angle on SA life

I've got 500 words to describe thousands of pictures in over 150 venues, writes Chris Roper.

To don the doek, or not?

Why are women always defined by what's on their heads, as opposed to what's inside? Gail Smith got beyond the famous doek and spoke to Erykah Badu about change, artistic control and Tyrone.

The ring of tedium

Soundtrack: <i>The Lord of the Rings</i>

Little big man

How did one of Europe's most controversial movie directors become one of its hottest actors? Mathieu Kassovitz tells all to Stuart Jeffries.

Rules of the gamine

<b>Movie of the week:</b> Jean-Pierre Jeunet's film <i>Amélie</i> has been a huge hit in its native France, and has replicated that success around the world, writes Shaun de Waal.

Telling strokes

<b>REVIEW: </b> Sarah Penny's <i>The Beneficiaries</i> (Penguin) The poetic images that stake out the opening pages of this book give the reader fair warning of the emotionally bleak and morally difficult story it contains, writes Jane Rosenthal.

Recycling the African archive

REVIEW: David Karanja's <i>A Dreamer's Paradise</i> (Kwela)

White roots in black soil

Alexandra Fuller's rollicking, passionate memoir recalls her childhood during the chimurenga that brought Zimbabwe to the threshold of independence, writes Jane Rosenthal.

Beats for beatniks

Erik Truffaz: <i>Mantis</i> -- Imagine Miles Davis playing with Jimi Hendrix, writes Matthew Krouse.

Bloody business of Japanese whale ‘research’

FIVE Japanese whaling ships will return to Japan later this week after killing 440 minke whales in the Antarctic Ocean under the country's ''research''...

Flames lick Ramallah after sunrise attack

THE Israeli army on Tuesday launched rocket and tank fire on the Palestinian security service headquarters in Ramallah.