On the box

February 12, 1997

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.

The Widow Makers — A chilling account of the Soviet submarine program, revealing for the first time a catalogue of human disasters and nuclear submarine accidents hushed up by the authorities. As a result, some of the largest and deadliest war machines ever built are rotting in a deadly radioactive time-bomb grave in the waters off the coast of Norway. SBS, Saturday, February 15, 7.30pm.

TV Frames — Members of bands like Therapy?, V Necks, In Dust and U2 discuss the politics of Northern Ireland as related directly to their music and protest songs. Paul McCartney talks about his song "Give Ireland back to the Irish", banned by UK radio in 1972, but reaching the number one spot in northern Ireland. SBS, Saturday, February 15, 8.30pm.

Bong and Donnell — Bong, severely disabled from birth, but self-proclaimed "baddest thing on wheels" and Donnell, his African-American friend, defy the stereotypes and statistics of street-wise children with working mothers and no fathers. Nine years in the making, Bong and Donnell chronicles an extraordinary friendship. Both are now 17. Bong, with Donnell, wrote, directed, produced and acted in the following award-winning video, The Mall. SBS, Sunday, February 16, 11.10pm. Followed by The Mall, 11.50pm.

Africa I Remember — Tunde Jegede, musician and composer, takes us on a journey to Gambia, and rewards us with performances of both western and African classical music. Tunde's instrument, the kora, has its roots in the court of 13th century Mali. Accompanied by the London Sinfonietta, Jegede performs The Cycle Reckoning — the first full-scale work for kora and chamber orchestra. SBS, Tuesday, February 18, 8pm.

Shadows on the Streets — One night in July 1993 in Rio, four military police fired on a group of 60 street kids, killing eight. They then bundled three into the back of the car, drove to the hills and shot them. Elizabeth Oliveira, a witness to the massacre, is determined to bring the perpetrators to justice. SBS, Tuesday, February 18, 8.30pm.

Anatomy of Desire — A thoughtful report about the way homosexuality has been looked at by society and scientists throughout the 20th century. SBS, Wednesday, February 19, 8.30pm.

Mirror on the Other Side — Ricardo Vinos is a photographer born in Mexico of Republican Spanish parents, who fled Spain during the Franco regime. Through his photographs and interviews, the present-day reality of Spanish exiles who settled in Mexico is explored. SBS, Thursday, February 20, 8.30pm.

Timeframe: Hair — The ultimate hippie rock musical premiered in Sydney in 1969. Fascinating scenes of the '60s youth radicalisation in Australia. ABC TV, Thursday, February 20, 8.30pm.

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