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Directed by South African filmmaker Sara Blecher, Surfing Soweto is a documentary that explores the lives of three young men who surf trains in the township of Soweto, South Africa. In this special edition of Reel Women, Sarah Marie Swanson offers a gendered reading of how this award-winning film reveals the complex lives of young, socially marginalised boys trying to become men. With clips from an interview Swanson conducted with Blecher, this podcast looks at issues around masculinity, motherhood and fatherhood, and the "lost generation" in contemporary South Africa.

On show until the 17th of December, 2011, at the Brunei Gallery at SOAS is the exhibit "Weaving the Threads of Livelihood; the aesthetic and embodied knowledge of Berber weavers." In this episode of A Tall Order, the curator of the exhibit, Myriem Naji, speaks about her experiences living with the weavers, and some of the difficulties they face.

The documentary film Body and Soul set in Maputo, Mozambique, was screened at the Film Africa 2011 film festival in London, where it provoked a lively debate amongst audience members about several issues including the representation of disability and the ethics of filmmaking. In this podcast, Estrella Sendra and Caitlin Pearson discuss aspects of the film, and include sections of an interview conducted at the festival with the filmmaker Matthieu Bron.

Africa Beat's Armando Conte interviews David McKenzie, a CNN reporter based in Nairobi, to talk about his recent award-winning documentary 'Locked Up and Forgotten', which covers the social taboo surrounding mental illness in Kenya. The documentary won the Amnesty International Media award in the ‘International Television and Radio’ category on Tuesday the 24th May 2011 for being "moving yet constructive" according to the judges. The interview explores the core issues behind the problems faced by mentally ill Kenyans today and the progress which has been made since the documentary's release.

This episode of A Tall Order visits the Brunei Gallery's current exhibition. Entitled "A Disappearing World," the exhibit documents the lives of tribal Indians - Adivasis - displaced by mining. Speaking with Robert Wallis and Jennifer Wallace, photographer and writer on the project, this show explores problems behind India's rapid economic growth, the displacement of people, and efforts at resistance.

For more information about the exhibition and the Brunei Gallery: http://www.soas.ac.uk/gallery/disappearingworld/

On this episode of a Tall Order, documentary photographer Robert Gumpert discusses his work in the San Francisco county penal system and within it, some of the complications of the race-based gang subcultures.