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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, and Saturday, 2.30am.

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.

Movie: Five Girls and a Rope (1991) — Better set your video. A film from Taiwan that examines the inferior status imposed on women in feudal China. SBS, Saturday, September 30, 2am.

Doudou N'Diaye Rose — A musical portrait of Senegalese drummer Doudou N'Diaye Rose, founder of an ensemble of 50 percussionists. SBS, Saturday, September 30, 1.45pm.

Washoe: The Monkey (sic) Who Communicates Through Sign Language — The story of Washoe, a chimp adopted by psychologists and taught sign language. Washoe's abilities have been at the centre of a long debate about the uniqueness of the human capacity for language. One hopes the show will not be a sensationalised "Believe-it-or-not" exercise, as its dreadfully unscientific title suggests. ABC TV, Sunday, October 1, 6pm.

State of the Ark — The great debate about the role of the zoo in the modern world continues. In this episode we see Bucharest Zoo in Romania and Yerevan Zoo in Armenia, both trapped in a 40-year-old timewarp. SBS, Sunday, October 1, 7.30pm.

Movie: A Time for Witches (1993) — Andrzej and Jola, both HIV-positive, who live on the streets of Warsaw supporting their drug habits by prostitution, find their lives intertwined with a priest who runs a house for people with AIDs. SBS, Sunday, October 1, 9.30pm.

Shimmer in the city — A program which breaks down the stereotypes associated with urban Aboriginal art and highlights its difference from traditional indigenous art. SBS, Monday, October 2, 8.30pm.

In conversation with Edward Said — Said is one of the leading dissident intellectuals of our time. He has written widely on literature, music, history and Palestinian politics. Two of his books — Orientalism and Culture and Imperialism are best-sellers. SBS, Monday, October 2, 11pm.

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