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Culture Special

Art with a developmental connection - compiled for you by the D+C editorial team.

Development in culture

Every summer, the D+C/E+Z editorial team presents books, music, films and other pieces of art that we appreciate and would like to recommend. The oeuvres are tackling issues of developmental relevance, and we would be pleased if our recommendations inspired you to read, watch or listen to them. 


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    Overview culture special

    Each summer, the D+C/E+Z editorial team curates a selection of books, music, films, and other forms of art that resonate with us and hold relevance for development-related topics. We hope our suggestions serve as an inspiration for you to engage with these works through reading, viewing, or listening.


    Novels, non-fiction, autobiographies and more reading material related to development.

    Eight decades of gender relations in South India

    Krupa Ge’s debut novel “What we know about her” explores women’s fates in South India from before independence in 1947 to late 2019. This is the second item in this year's culture special with reviews of artists' works with developmental relevance.


    Documentaries, Hollywood blockbusters, indie films, series and much more to watch with a development connection.

    A shy girl becomes the face of anti-racist protests

    “The Hate U Give” is a film that tackles pressing issues such as white privilege and racism in a way that appeals to teenagers – thanks to a thrilling story and a charismatic protagonist. This item is the first in this year's summer special with reviews of artists' works with developmental relevance.


    Artists and groups from Africa, Asia and Latin America whose history and music are linked to development politics.

    Music of the Nile

    The Nile Project was a multinational music collective inspired by a river. It sang songs in a variety of styles and languages about life along and with the Nile. Like many projects in the region, it failed because of politics. This is the first item in this year's culture special with reviews of artists' works with developmental relevance.

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