On the box


Programs of interest on Sydney Community TV (UHF 31)Perleeka, indigenous Australians' program, nightly, 7pm. Art Experimenta, Mondays, 8pm and 11.30pm, and Tuesdays, 3am and 6.30am. Bent TV, gay and lesbian program, Thursdays, 10.30pm and Fridays, 2.30am. XX, women's program, Fridays, 8pm and midnight, and Saturdays, 5am. Waste Not, Want Not, environment and recycling, Saturdays, 8.30pm and 12.30am, and Sundays, 4.30am. For more information phone 649 9622. Actively Radical TV — Community television's progressive current affairs program tackles the hard issues from the activist's point of view. CTS Sydney (UHF 31), every Friday, 10.30pm. Rise of a New Eve — A disturbing look at the increasing involvement of women in the European far right. SBS, Monday, February 12, 2.05am. Kyrgyzstan: Between Despair and Prosperity — Kyrgyzstan, a new republic from within the former Soviet Union, is struggling to make the transition to a market economy. SBS, Tuesday, February 13, 8.30pm. Indigenous Current Affairs Magazine — A weekly program presenting an indigenous perspective on news and cultural affairs in Australia. Achievements in education, sport and the arts will be highlighted, and each program will feature an episode of the sitcom The Masters, starring Nathan Ramsay, about an urban Aboriginal family and its struggles. The program will be hosted by Rachel Maza and will also feature former ATSIC deputy commissioner Sol Bellear as senior political interviewer. Playwright John Harding will report on arts and theatre. SBS, Wednesdays, 7.30pm, beginning February 14. Oyster Cove Festival — Oyster Cove, prior to the white invasion, was a meeting place for several tribal groups of southern Tasmania for trading, ceremonies and celebration, but by the mid-1820s it had been turned into a penal colony for women. Today it has become a meeting place to hold the Oyster Cove Festival. What began as a small event is now a major indigenous festival. Oyster Cove '96 will feature Archie and Ruby, Kev Carmody, Sunrize Bank, Culture Link, Amunda, the Rygela Band and Takamana. SBS, Wednesday, February 14, 8.30pm. The Betrayed — The first in series of documentaries to be screened in this timeslot, The Betrayed is a chilling exposé of the conduct of Russian forces in Chechnya. This Channel Four production reveals the extent of civilian casualties in Grozny, including the barbaric practice of burying victims alive; the indiscipline of drunken Russian troops; the random abduction of Chechens who are held in horrific "filtration" camps; and the secretly filmed massacre of the entire village of Samashki. The documentary also speaks to desperate parents of the raw Russian conscripts who fear their sons will not survive. ABC TV, Wednesday, February 14, 8.30pm.