On the box
Actively Radical TV — Sydney community television's progressive current affairs producers tackle the hard issues from the activist's point of view. CTS Sydney (UHF 31), every Thursday, 10pm, and Saturday, 7pm.
Access News — Melbourne community TV, Channel 31, has excellent coverage of industrial, environmental and community actions throughout Victoria. Access News broadcasts every Monday and Friday at 8pm. Phone (03) 9525 3551 to contact the producers or make a donation.
Miriam Makeba — A profile of the South African singer whose music and story are a powerful and moving testimony to her country's struggle for freedom. SBS, Thursday, December 12, 12.30pm.
A Great Day in Harlem — A swinging film which brings to life a remarkable moment in the history of jazz, when dozens of jazz legends unexpectedly gathered together for a photograph. SBS, Thursday, December 12, 8.30pm.
Australian Biography: Graeme Bell — Graeme Bell has been described as the "father of Australian jazz". His career began with the help of the Communist Party's Eureka Youth League. SBS, Friday, December 13, 7.30pm.
Cachao: Like his Rhythm There is No Other! — A portrait of Cachao, legendary mambo king and perhaps the greatest exponent of Cuban popular music. SBS, Friday, December 13, 11.15pm.
Movie: Jubilee (1978) — Queen Elizabeth I is transported through time to witness the future disintegration of her kingdom as marauding punks roam the violent urban landscape of Britain in the 1970s. SBS, Saturday, December 14, 10.30pm.
Documentary series: Tales from a Suitcase — An eight-part series that brings to life the experiences of Australian immigrants and their families. SBS, starting Sunday, December 15, 7pm.
Hold Up the Sun — The 1960s was a decade of repeated setbacks for the ANC, with the organisation banned, its leaders jailed and its underground structures smashed. SBS, Sunday, December 15, 11pm.
Displaced in the New South — People of Hispanic and Asian background speak of the difficulties they have encountered as workers in the US south. SBS, Monday, December 16, 5pm.
The Gulf War: Invasion — A four-part documentary series which claims to reveal the true story of the Gulf War. ABC TV, every Monday beginning December 16, midnight.
Dhuway: An Australian Diaspora and Homecoming — A poignant story of the Yidhuwarra from Flinders Island and Cape Melville, who have won a claim to their tribal lands, a first in the history of Queensland. SBS, Tuesday, December 17, 8.30pm.
Defenders of the Wild — Brazilian conservationist Jose Palazzo risks death to halt illegal hunters and trappers. Friday, December 20, 12.30pm.
Darwin — An affectionate portrait of the great evolutionist Charles Darwin, beautifully directed by Peter Greenaway. SBS, Sunday, December 22, 8.30pm.
Hold Up the Sun — In the 1960s, decolonisation and guerilla struggles in South Africa impacted on the liberation movement, and the role of students came to the fore. SBS, Sunday December 22, 11.15pm.
The Cape of Fear — Filmed over a year in the ghettos of Cape Town, this film examines the "gangs" that have become the centre of the debate over crime in South Africa. ABC TV, Sunday, December 22, midnight.
The News Plague — A documentary about the falsehoods in international news presentation. In 1994 there were reports about a plague in India. With sensational coverage, including "live" film, maintaining that the Black Death had returned. A month later a discreet retraction was issued: there was no plague. SBS, Tuesday, December 24, 8.30pm.
When a Warrior Dies — The story of the sculpture marking the wreck of the Greenpeace flagship, Rainbow Warrior, bombed by the French government. ABC TV, Thursday, December 26, 12.30am.
Proudly We Served — Black US sailors from the second world war recount their battle against racism. SBS, Saturday, December 28, 4.30pm.
Inside Castro's Cuba — This unique film gains rare access to Castro and goes behind the news to look to the country's future. SBS, Saturday, December 28, 7.30pm.
Hold Up the Sun — The ANC's call during the 1980s was to "make South Africa ungovernable". SBS, Sunday, December 29, 11.25pm.
My Father's Garden — This documentary tells the story of two US farmers united in their common goal of producing chemical-free food. SBS, Tuesday, December 31, 8.30pm.
Defenders of the Wild — A battle is being fought between poachers and rangers in the jungles of western Nepal, where some of the rarest creatures in the world live, such as the one-horned rhinoceros, the gharial or long-snouted crocodile and the river dolphin. SBS, Friday, January 3, 12.30pm.
Midnight Ramble — The little-known story of a remarkable, predominantly black film industry that produced close to 500 movies for African-American audiences between 1910 and 1950. SBS, Saturday, January 4, 12.30pm.
Dismantling the Bomb — What will the world do with all its "disarmed" nuclear weapons? SBS, Saturday, January 4, 5.30pm.
Breast Implants on Trial — Investigates the connection between breast implants and silicon-induced auto-immune diseases. SBS, Tuesday, January 14, and Wednesday, January 15, 8.30pm.