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Smorgasbord of real life drama

The gay and lesbian film festival Out in Africa is a whole world in one, writes Shaun de Waal.

A fine evocation of youth

<b>BIG-BUDGET MOVIE OF THE WEEK:</b> Not a scene, action or word is wasted in this fine evocation of the endless joys and lurking terrors of youth - <i>Hearts in Atlantis</i>, writes Neil Sonnekus.

Emotional rescue

<b>LOW-BUDGET MOVIE OF THE WEEK:</b> <i>On the Edge</i> is a movie built on performances, and those of its youthful leads are as straightforward as they are affecting, writes Peter Bradshaw.

The great literary divide

<b>REVIEW: </b><i>The Ordeal of the African Writer</i> by Charles Larson (Zed Books)

Courageous man of Cameroon

Within the space of the last few months, Cameroon has lost three of its most prominent authors. First, novelist and musician Francis Bebey, then Mongo Beti, and now, at the age of 71, Réné Philombe, writes Chris Dunton.

Stringing us along

The first three rounds in Unisa's Fourth International String Competition have provoked controversy, but the finals on Friday and Saturday promise great opportunities for musical enjoyment, writes Paul Boekkooi.

The barber of suburbia

<b>MOVIE OF THE WEEK:</b> I only hope that on Oscar night the Academy is not so cauterised with dumbness and cliché that they cannot recognise <i>The Man Who Wasn't There</i>'s originality and playful brilliance, writes Peter Bradshaw.

Hard-headed Harry

<b>REVIEW: </b><i>The View Across the River: Harriette Colenso, and <i>The Zulu struggle against imperialism</i> by Jeff Guy (David Philip)

Getting the good stuff

Various artists: Best of

Dread poet’s society

In his youth, Benjamin Zephaniah got into trouble with the police. Now he writes novels for teenagers, writes Kate Kellaway.

He did it his way

<b>MOVIE OF THE WEEK</b><p> While we should really all be getting a bit stern about the idea of glorifying crime, it's hard not to like all the criminal characters — and <i>Ocean's Eleven</i> — very much, writes Shaun de Waal.

The people vs the elite

<b>REVIEW: </b><i>Striking back: the Labour Movement and the Post Colonial State in Zimbabwe 1980-2000</i> edited by Brian Raftopoulos and Lloyd Sachikonye (Weaver Press)

Girl power to the fore

<i>Eve5: In the Garden of Song</i><p>

Cocked and loaded

b>REVIEW: </b><i>From the Barrel of a Gun: the United States and the War against Zimbabwe</i> by Gerald Horne (University of North Carolina Press)

Filming the dark side

<b>Q&A</b>: Clifford Bestall with Guy Willoughby.

Italian kisses

<b>NOW SHOWING IN CAPE TOWN:</b> The Berlin film festival's favourite film of two years ago, <i>Italian for Beginners</i>, fully deserves its accolade, writes Peter Frost.

Under a dead sky

<b>NOT THE MOVIE OF THE WEEK:</b> <i>Vanilla Sky</i> is one of those films that diminish in retrospect, writes Shaun de Waal.

Taking the high road

REVIEW: The Promised Land by Decca Aitkenhead (Fourth Estate). Decca Aitkenhead's story of a global quest for the perfect Ecstasy tab is brimful of attitude and surprisingly serious, writes Geraldine Bedell.

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