Lipika Pelham

Lipika Pelham is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and journalist who spent her childhood in a dusty Bengali village in the 1970s. A Bengali-Indian-Bangladeshi with a Hindu-Muslim background, she has learned to speak Hebrew during her eight years in Jerusalem.

Her films have been screened in numerous festivals and TV channels around the world. “Deadly Honour”, a film on honour killing among the urbanised Bedouins living in Israel won her, among other awards, the prestigious CMCA Prix de Jury in Marseille, 2010. A second film, “Land for the Nomads”, about a soul-searching Israeli lawyer’s campaign to secure land for the Arab nomadic communities in the Judean desert, was premiered in Germany last year and has since been shown in ethnographic film festivals in Taiwan, Hungary, Slovenia, Slovakia and the USA.

Lipika has travelled extensively in the Middle East. She previously reported for the BBC from the Indian Sub-Continent, South-East Asia, North Africa and the Middle East. She has been South Asia editor for the BBC World Service, and reported for a range of BBC programmes from Outlook, Assignment and From Our Own Correspondent to Woman’s Hour. Lipika has, during the past twenty years, lived in Rabat, Amman and Jerusalem. She currently divides her time between London and Jerusalem.

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Radical Revenge

We all know what it’s like to want revenge, but where does that urge come from?  Why is it so hard to give up?  And why can some people only satisfy it through extreme and brutal acts?  In her new book, Radical Revenge, Renée Danziger draws on psychoanalytic thinking to offer a fresh perspective on […]

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Light to Life

In this fascinating, revelatory new book, biologist Raffael Jovine takes us on a journey of discovery into the intricate, beautiful and often surprising processes that convert energy from the sun into life and how all-important these are to our survival. Despite the unprecedented challenges the Earth faces from global warming, habitat loss, air pollution and […]

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The Art of Repair

It all started with a pair of socks… White, woollen – my favourite pair. The heels had become thin and threadbare; then a small hole appeared on one of the toes. Too precious to throw away, I decided to mend them. I chose a ball of yarn from my mother’s wool collection and she found me her old darning mushroom, which had once belonged to my granny, and explained the basics. I remember the feeling of it: threading the needle with a strand of contrasting grey wool, while pulling the heel over the domed wooden mushroom; weaving my needle in and out of the surviving strands; making little bridges back and forth like a lawn mower; slowly closing the hole. The process was instinctive. I can still recall the feeling of pride and achievement when I had finally finished. Sure my darn looked a little rustic, but I had given my socks
a new lease of life, a second chance.

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