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St Patrick's Day special: The Chieftains — The Irish folk legends recorded live at the Grand Opera House in Belfast. SBS, Friday, March 17, 12.30pm.

Unearthing the Slave Trade — The excavation of sites in New York City have shed new light on the shameful past of the US. This program presents proof of the seldom admitted fact that the labour of enslaved Africans was essential in the building of New York. SBS, Friday, March 17, 7.30pm.

Movie: Metello (1971) — A young building worker in Florence at the turn of the century sees his friend killed by the boss. Metello is arrested at the man's funeral. He experience leads him into the socialist and trade union movements. SBS, Friday, March 17, 9.30pm.

Actively Radical TV — This week's program includes a new segment entitled "Alternative Viewpoints" with news items on pollution, Mexico and Aboriginal health as well as an interview with a Democratic Socialist candidate in the NSW state election, Mike Karadjis. CTS (Sydney, UHF 31), Friday, March 17, 10.30pm (Repeated Saturday, March 18, 10.30pm.).

Koala Quandary — Life's not all gum leaves and morning dew when you're a koala. This program looks at the chances of survival for our famous cuddly marsupial. ABC TV, Saturday, March 18, 1.30pm.

Movie: Stone — An Australian movie classic. Plenty of violence, bad language, nudity and corny acting. A bikie gang is finding that, one by one, its members are becoming, literally, Hell's Angels after one of their number witnesses a political assassination. A member of the "fuzz" goes undercover and finds himself torn between his growing respect for the gang and his duty to stop them raping, pillaging, swearing, drinking in public, riding without helmets and chucking screechies. SBS, Saturday, March 18, 9.30pm.

The Good Woman of Bangkok — An investigation of the sex industry in Thailand. ABC TV, Saturday, March 18, 11pm.

Movie: Children of the Open Road (1992) — A drama to shatter the liberal illusions that prevail about the wonders of Swiss capitalism, based on true events. A Swiss government-funded aid agency attempts to eradicate the Gipsy (Rom) population of Switzerland. Between 1926 and 1973, Gipsy children were forcibly removed from their parents, institutionalised, used as slave labour and prevented from discovering the identities of their parents. From Switzerland. SBS, Sunday, March 19, 9.45pm.

Movie: A Place in the World (1992) — A politically active couple return to a small town in the mountains of Argentina where they lead a community in a struggle to end exploitation of farmers. SBS, Monday, March 20, 8.30pm.

Who Killed Malcolm Smith? — Award-winning documentary about the death in custody of an Aboriginal man. ABC TV, Thursday, March 23, 1pm.

Movie: Sweet Emma, Dear Bobe (1992) — Set amidst the collapse of Hungary's political and economic system, this movie reveals the awful personal consequences for two teachers as capitalism comes to eastern Europe. Directed by Istvan Szabo. SBS, Thursday, March 23, 9.30pm.