Weekly Watch: India’s Daughter – A Harrowing Documentary on Rape in India

This weekly watch has come from an article I read on The Guardian, “India’s Daughter: ‘I made a film on rape in India. Men’s brutal attitudes truly shocked me’”. It tells you of the harrowing personal experience that film-maker, Leslee Udwin, went through as she created a documentary on rape in India. There’s no need for me to repeat the article but I beg you to go read it.

However, I do want to share with you what crossed my mind when reading it and encourage you to watch the documentary. The article is truly shocking, it made me think how do we live in a world where something like this can happen?

I’m coming to the end of a degree in Journalism and PR so I feel like I look upon articles with slight skepticism but this online article really stopped me in my tracks and got me thinking.

Gender inequality is still clearly present in our world today. We have many campaigns fighting for gender equality to be achieved, such as HeForShe, UK Feminista and many more, but it is nowhere near enough. According to the HeForShe website, 9,440 men in India have joined the HeForShe movement but the country has a population of 1.252 billion so why are more men not fighting for gender equality?

I can’t imagine living in a world where women are expected to stay home at night to avoid rape and people believe “You can’t clap with one hand – it takes two hands. A decent girl won’t roam around at night. A girl is more responsible for rape than a boy”. This is appalling.

The documentary airs on BBC 4 but maybe it should be on a more popular channel to raise awareness of what is going on outside of the places we live?

I haven’t seen the documentary but if this Guardian article is anything to go by then it should be a eye-opening and emotional watch. I hope the documentary is as remarkably shocking as Yvonne Roberts’ article suggests.

The documentary airs this Sunday (8th March) on BBC 4 at 10pm. Update: BBC brings forward airing of India’s Daughter to Wednesday (4th March) on BBC 4 at 10pm.

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Weekly Watch: John Lewis Release Their Christmas Advert (and it’s super cute!)

John Lewis are known for their Christmas adverts and we have been waiting for the grand unveiling of the 2014 ad.

The wait has been worth it as the retailer’s advertisement tells an adorable story of a young boy and his best friend Monty the penguin. John Lewis describe the advert as “a tale of friendship, love and giving someone the gift they’ve been dreaming of this Christmas.”

This ad is going to be hard to top this Christmas as this is an adorable story which will have you saying “Awww”!

Tom Odell is the lucky artist who got to record the song for the advert and sings John Lennon’s ‘Real Love’. It has become a tradition for the song featured on the annual John Lewis advert to reach the UK Singles Chart. Lily Allen in 2013 topped the charts with her rendition of ‘Somewhere Only We Know’, Gabrielle Aplin also reached number 1 with her cover of ‘The Power of Love’ in 2012 and Ellie Goulding in 2010 landed number 2 with ‘Your Song’. Will Tom Odell be the next artist to top the charts for John Lewis?

A Monty the Penguin cuddly toy and book can be bought in John Lewis stores and online. There is also an app available for smart phones.

Weekly Watch: Daniel Radcliffe Can Rap!

Harry Potter star, Daniel Radcliffe, impressed viewers with his rap skills on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Who would of thought Harry Potter could rap?

Daniel Radcliffe, appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to talk about his new film, Horns, but the interview took a turn and he ended up performing a rap on the show. He shares his love for learning lyrically hard raps, Eminem and Plan B.

The British actor rapped Blackalicious’ Alphabet Aerobics and the further down the alphabet you get, the even more impressed you’ll be!

As the rap goes on you’ll be eagerly cheering him along as it gets faster and faster.

This is a must watch, especially if you’re a Harry Potter fan!

Weekly Watch: Friends Reunited

The leading ladies of the popular US TV show, Friends, were reunited on Jimmy Kimmel Live! During Jennifer Aniston’s appearance on the talk show Kimmel asked her to act out a scene from Friends with him which resulted in Lisa Kudrow and Courteney Cox joining the reenactment.

Jimmy Kimmel Live created their very own replica Friends kitchen where they acted out the scene. Jimmy Kimmel starred as Ross and the ladies starred as their characters from the show.

The beginning of Friends is about to reach it’s 20th anniversary and has been over 10 years since the sitcom ended but remains extremely popular.

The Friends cast very rarely make joint TV performances so check out this treat!

Weekly Watch: Arctic Monkeys on Later… with Jools Holland

The Weekly Watch this week features indie-rock band Arctic Monkeys performing on Jools Holland‘s iconic music programme. The video shown above shows the rockers playing ‘Snap Out Of It’ from their recent album ‘AM’. They also went on to perform their hit ‘R U Mine?’.

The performance shows their years of experience, genuine talent for music and of course their moody but attractive expressions. This video is a perfect watch for any Arctic Monkeys or indie-rock fans.

Arctic Monkeys this week won the Best Song at the Q Awards for ‘Do I Wanna Know?’ and are now embarking on a UK arena tour.

You can watch the whole programme of ‘Later… with Jools Holland‘ tomorrow (Friday 25th October) at 23:05 on BBC Two. It will soon be available on BBC iPlayer here after it has been aired on BBC Two.

Keep your eyes peeled for a review from the Arctic Monkeys live at Cardiff Motorpoint Arena next week on Intuitive Mind Reviews.

Weekly Watch: The Inspirational Malala Yousafzai

This week’s video features a true inspiration; Malala Yousafzai who is a 16 year old schoolgirl and an education activist. Yousafzai stands up for the rights of women to have equal opportunities in education all over the world.

The pupil overcame a Taliban attack at the age of 14, after gunmen shot her in the head and neck leaving her in a critical condition. Since the assassination attempt she is even more determined to spread her views with the world.

Malala Yousafzai took to the sofa on ‘The Daily Show’ and stunned the audience and presenter, Jon Stewart, with her motivational words. In the clip above the student speaks about what she would say to the Taliban and causes Jon Stewart to cover his mouth in awe of her brave nature.

Yousafzai recently received a 2013 Pride of Britain award, presented to her by football-star David Beckham whilst in America sharing her views for female rights to education and her battle with the Taliban.

This weekly watch will astonish you at how brave and inspirational Malala is for her young age. If you wish to watch the whole interview, you can see it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjGL6YY6oMs

Weekly Watch: The Fresh Prince Bringing It Back

Last week’s Graham Norton Show saw the Smith father and son duo take over. In an attempt to top the YouTube views of Will Smith’s last visit to the show, he bought along his son, DJ and fellow Fresh Prince of Bel Air star.

Jaden Smith, DJ Jazzy Jeff and Alfonso Ribeiro took to the stage to join Will in performing a medley, including the Fresh Prince of Bel Air rap. The audience saw the rapping talents of the father and son, the DJing skills of Jazzy Jeff and the famous moves of Carlton (Alfonso Ribeiro).

The video featured on the BBC’s YouTube Channel and has already topped Will’s last video from the show, with over 14 million views. If you’ve not already seen this clip of their spectacular performance then what are you waiting for? This is a must watch.