What's on this week Sat 23 - Fri 29 May

Girlhood 15 (S)

Until Thu 28 May

Céline Sciamma (Water Lilies, Tomboy) continues her exploration of female youth with this tale of a 16-year old girl growing up on one of the dicey banlieue neighbourhoods on the outskirts of Paris.

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Clouds of Sils Maria 15 (S)

Until Thu 28 May

This is a powerful and moving reflection on aging, acting and the nature of theatre from director Olivier Assayas, which centres around the incredible talent of Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart and Chloe Grace Moretz.

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Moomin Mania: Moomins on the Riviera U

Until Sun 31 May

Created in a unique hand-drawn animation technique inspired by the 1940s comic strips, this film celebrates Tove Jansson's universally loved Moomins in their original context. The whole gang head to the French Riviera and are tempted by fame, fortune and high society. Will they come to their senses?

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The New Girlfriend 15 (S)

Until Thu 4 June

A young woman (Anaïs Demoustier) makes a surprising discovery about the husband (Romain Duris) of her late best friend, in acclaimed director François Ozon’s witty and moving new drama.

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Cinébabies: The New Girlfriend 15 (S)

Mon 25 May 11:00

Cinébabies is our weekly daytime screening of one of the current films in the programme specifically for parents/carers with babies under 12 months.

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A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night 15 (S)

Until Thu 4 June

Shot in crisp black and white this is a haunting story of love between two misfits who shouldn't be together. Set in the fictional Iranian underworld of Bad City, a desolate and industrial place, riddled with drug dealers The Girl is a hijab-wearing vampiress who hunts them down.

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Restored and Re-presented: Salvatore Giuliano 12 (S)

Sun 24 May 12:00

Italian director Francesco Rosi’s established his reputation with this deeply unsettling investigative portrait about a notorious Sicilian bandit that’s rightly recognised as a groundbreaking work of both political and Italian filmmaking.

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Come The Revolution: The Story of Michael X 

Sun 24 May 15:00

A revelatory 1972 BBC documentary on the extraordinary but almost forgotten story of Michael X, a charismatic leader of black radicalism in the late 60s, one of the most famous black men in Britain at that time.

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Come The Revolution: Twenty Feet From Stardom 12A

Sun 24 May 20:20

Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names - this Oscar®-winning documentary shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backing singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of all time.

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Festival of Ideas May 2015: Susan Neiman - Why Grow Up?

Mon 25 May 12:30

Philosopher Susan Neiman explores the forces that are arrayed against growing up and maturity, and shows us how philosophy can help us want to grow up. She argues that being a grown-up is itself an ideal: one that is rarely achieved in its entirety, but all the more worth striving for.

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Festival of Ideas May 2015: John Gray - The Soul of the Marionette

Mon 25 May 18:30

We flatter ourselves that we yearn to be free - but what is it that we actually want when we seek freedom? In this talk John Gray draws together religious, philosophic and fantastical traditions that question the very idea of human freedom.

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Festival of Ideas May 2015: Margaret Heffernan - Beyond Measure

Mon 25 May 20:00

Margaret Heffernan reveals how organisations around the globe have managed to change themselves in big ways through incremental shifts in their thinking.

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Festival of Ideas May 2015: AC Grayling - The Challenge of Things

Tue 26 May 12:30

In The Challenge of Things AC Grayling looks at the world in a time of war and conflict. In describing and exposing the dark side of things, he also explores ways out of the habits and prejudices of mind that would otherwise trap us forever in the deadly impasses of conflicts of all kinds.

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Moomin Mania: Moomins by candle light: Moominland Tales: The Life of Tove Jansson U

Tue 26 May 18:00

A fascinating documentary about the extraordinary life of Moomins creator Tove Jansson, tracing her story from living the bohemian life of an artist in war-torn Helsinki to becoming a recluse on a remote island in the Gulf of Finland.

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Festival of Ideas May 2015: Theodore Zeldin - The Hidden Pleasures of Life

Tue 26 May 18:30

What is the point of working so hard? What can replace the shortage of soulmates? What else can one do in a hotel? Theodore Zeldin demonstrates that both the greatest problems and the greatest opportunities of the twenty-first century lie in our relationships with others.

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Festival of Ideas May 2015: Alok Jha - The Water Book

Tue 26 May 20:00

Alok Jha tells the story of water, taking us from the Big Bang to the latest developments of modern science.

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Festival of Ideas May 2015: Cory Doctorow - Information Doesn’t Want to be Free

Wed 27 May 12:30

Can small artists still thrive in the Internet era? Can giant record labels avoid alienating their audiences? Cory Doctorow examines the pitfalls and the opportunities that creative industries (and individuals) are confronting today.

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Festival of Ideas May 2015: Young People's Festival of Ideas: Racism

Wed 27 May 19:00

Our series programmed by young people continues with a frank discussion on racism and how it affects the lives of young people today.

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Festival of Ideas May 2015: Yasmin Alibhai-Brown - Exotic England

Thu 28 May 18:30

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown paints a sumptuous and illuminating portrait of who the English have been, bringing an invigorating perspective on what 'Englishness' really means.

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Festival of Ideas May 2015: Lynsey Addario - It’s What I Do

Thu 28 May 20:00

In this fully illustrated presentation photojournalist Lynsey Addario talks about her life and work photographing the Taliban reign, the Iraq war, Darfur, violence against women in the Congo and more.

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Moomin Mania: Make Your Own Moomin workshop U

Fri 29 May

Are you mad about Moomins? Want to take home your very own lovingly handmade Moomin? The whole family are invited to to join us for our special Make a Moomin workshops hosted by film and theatre maker Joseph Wallace, where you'll be guided through the process of creating a Moomin model from felt and cardboard.

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Festival of Ideas May 2015: George Zarkadakis - In Our Own Image

Fri 29 May 12:30

Science writer, playwright and novelist George Zarkadakis explores one of humankind’s oldest love–hate relationships – our ties with Artificial Intelligence or AI.

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Lunchtime Talk: Designing Interactions with Tone of Voice

Fri 29 May 13:00

In this week's talk designer Andrew Cook will introduce the project Six Speaking Chairs that looks at ways in which people that use speech synthesis technology might restore some control to their tone of voice to help them tackle this frequent cause of misunderstandings and assumptions of emotional or intellectual impairment.

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Timbuktu 12A (S)

Fri 29 May - Thu 4 June

Great African director Abderrahmane Sissako brings his lucid brilliance and unparalleled artistry to this Oscar®-nominated account of the early days of the Islamic Jihadist takeover of northern Timbuktu in 2012. One of the most important, soulful cinematic experiences of the year.

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Festival of Ideas May 2015: Ben Stewart - Don’t Trust, Don’t Fear, Don’t Beg

Fri 29 May 18:30

Veteran Greenpeace activist Ben Stewart tells the dramatic and inspiring story of the incarceration of the 'Arctic 30' and the ensuing emotional campaign to bring the protesters home.

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Festival of Ideas May 2015: Peter Pomerantsev - Nothing is True and Everything is Possible

Fri 29 May 20:00

Peter Pomerantsev takes us deep into the heart of modern Russia, from the 'Gold-digger' academies teaching women how to marry a millionaire, to the lives of Hells Angels, convinced they are messiahs, and the gangsters turned filmmakers.

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Conversations About Cinema: Timbuktu

Fri 29 May 20:00

Join us in the Café/Bar from 20:00 for an informal discussion on Timbuktu, an account of the early days of the Islamic Jihadist takeover of northern Timbuktu in 2012, with Dr Madhu Krishnan, Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Bristol, who works on contemporary African writing, and other members of the audience.

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The Goob 18

Fri 29 May - Thu 4 June

Rural Norfolk is the atmospheric backdrop to this accomplished debut about a teen finding love.

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Sat 30 May - Fri 5 June

Cinéphiles

Until Mon 1 June

Cinéphiles is a film discussion group that meets once a month to discuss films chosen from Watershed’'s programme. All are welcome.

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Moomin Mania: Moomins on the Riviera U

Until Sun 31 May

Created in a unique hand-drawn animation technique inspired by the 1940s comic strips, this film celebrates Tove Jansson's universally loved Moomins in their original context. The whole gang head to the French Riviera and are tempted by fame, fortune and high society. Will they come to their senses?

Read More Book Tickets

The New Girlfriend 15 (S)

Until Thu 4 June

A young woman (Anaïs Demoustier) makes a surprising discovery about the husband (Romain Duris) of her late best friend, in acclaimed director François Ozon’s witty and moving new drama.

Read More Book Tickets

A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night 15 (S)

Until Thu 4 June

Shot in crisp black and white this is a haunting story of love between two misfits who shouldn't be together. Set in the fictional Iranian underworld of Bad City, a desolate and industrial place, riddled with drug dealers The Girl is a hijab-wearing vampiress who hunts them down.

Read More Book Tickets

Timbuktu 12A (S)

Fri 29 May - Thu 4 June

Great African director Abderrahmane Sissako brings his lucid brilliance and unparalleled artistry to this Oscar®-nominated account of the early days of the Islamic Jihadist takeover of northern Timbuktu in 2012. One of the most important, soulful cinematic experiences of the year.

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Cinébabies: Timbuktu 12A (S)

Mon 1 June 11:00

Cinébabies is our weekly daytime screening of one of the current films in the programme specifically for parents/carers with babies under 12 months.

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The Goob 18

Fri 29 May - Thu 4 June

Rural Norfolk is the atmospheric backdrop to this accomplished debut about a teen finding love.

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Festival of Ideas May 2015: Dieter Helm - Natural Capital: Valuing the Planet (CANCELLED)

Sat 30 May 10:30

In the face of the global, local, and national destruction of biodiversity and ecosystems, in this talk economist Dieter Helm offers a crucial set of strategies for establishing natural capital policy that is balanced, economically sustainable, and politically viable.

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Festival of Ideas May 2015: McKenzie Wark - Molecular Red

Sat 30 May 12:00

From the ruins of the Soviet and American histories, McKenzie Wark salvages ideas to help us picture what kind of worlds collective labour might yet build.

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Festival of Ideas May 2015: Julian Baggini - Freedom Regained

Sat 30 May 14:00

Julian Baggini blends philosophy, neuroscience, sociology and cognitive science, and draws on scientific research and fascinating encounters with expert witnesses to bring the issues raised by the possibilities and denials of free will vividly to life.

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Festival of Ideas May 2015: Hadley Freeman - Life Moves Pretty Fast

Sat 30 May 15:30

Hadley Freeman looks back at the American films of the 1980s, detailing the decade's key players, genres and tropes, and explains why Pretty in Pink and Sixteen Candles should be put on school syllabuses immediately.

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Restored and Re-presented: Zabriskie Point 15

Sun 31 May 12:00

Michelangelo Antonioni’s poetic chronicle of late ‘60’s American counter-culture finds the hippy dream goes sour in this surreal desert odyssey about a man attempting to take leave from society.

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Second Coming - Preview + Q&A

Tue 2 June 18:30

This feature debut from award-winning British playwright Debbie Tucker Green sees a London family (headed by Nadine Marshall and Idris Elba) shaken by news of an unexpected pregnancy that could be madness, a medical miracle... or an immaculate conception.

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i-Docs presents: Ken Eklund

Wed 3 June 18:00

Game and experience designer Ken Eklund will be talking about his work creating socially relevant games that explore real-world issues through collaborative play.

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Listen Up Philip 15

Fri 5 - Thu 18 June

An egotistical young writer (Jason Schwartzmann) is raked over the coals in Alex Ross Perry's uncompromising and hilarious valentine to writing and the New York literature scene in this deadpan look at creative egotism.

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Black Coal Thin Ice 15 (S)

Fri 5 - Thu 18 June

Chinese director Yinan Diao’s riveting drama about a disgraced cop’s obsession with finding a serial killer is a noir-ish thriller and vivid warts-and-all portrait of the new China, which scooped the Golden Bear prize for Best Film at the 2014 Berlinale.

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Second Coming 15

Fri 5 - Thu 11 June

This feature debut from award-winning British playwright Debbie Tucker Green sees a London family (headed by Nadine Marshall and Idris Elba) shaken by news of an unexpected pregnancy that could be madness, a medical miracle... or an immaculate conception.

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Sat 6 - Fri 12 June

Listen Up Philip 15

Fri 5 - Thu 18 June

An egotistical young writer (Jason Schwartzmann) is raked over the coals in Alex Ross Perry's uncompromising and hilarious valentine to writing and the New York literature scene in this deadpan look at creative egotism.

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Cinébabies: Listen Up Philip 15

Mon 8 June 11:00

Cinébabies is our weekly daytime screening of one of the current films in the programme specifically for parents/carers with babies under 12 months.

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Black Coal Thin Ice 15 (S)

Fri 5 - Thu 18 June

Chinese director Yinan Diao’s riveting drama about a disgraced cop’s obsession with finding a serial killer is a noir-ish thriller and vivid warts-and-all portrait of the new China, which scooped the Golden Bear prize for Best Film at the 2014 Berlinale.

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Second Coming 15

Fri 5 - Thu 11 June

This feature debut from award-winning British playwright Debbie Tucker Green sees a London family (headed by Nadine Marshall and Idris Elba) shaken by news of an unexpected pregnancy that could be madness, a medical miracle... or an immaculate conception.

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Screen Icons: Dean & Monroe: Rebel Without a Cause PG

Sun 7 June 12:00

James Dean’s iconic performance is the touchstone of Nicholas Ray’s portrait of teenage angst and torment in 1950's America. A classic of American cinema, that encapsulated post-war American teen culture and immortalised its young lead as the definitive symbol of rebellious youth and cool defiance.

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Inspired to Ride CTBA

Mon 8 June 18:00

The South West premiere of this inspiring documentary from director Mike Dion, which takes a look at the hardy souls competing in the 2014 inaugural Trans Am Bike Race across the breadth of America.

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Masters of Iranian Cinema: Bashu, The Little Stranger 15 (S)

Fri 12 June 15:00

A warm, vivid, touching tale with mysterious supernatural touches this paints a unique portrait of Iranian rural life. Scared and alone, young Bashu runs away from the Iran-Iraq war and fetches up in a little village in the far North where no one can understand him.

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The Look Of Silence 15 (S)

Fri 12 - Thu 25 June

Joshua Oppenheimer's follow up to his extraordinary Oscar®-nominated 2012 documentary The Act of Killing switches the perspective from the perpetrators to the victims as optometrist Adi confronts the men who killed his brother during Indonesia's brutal 'communist' purge of the mid-60s.

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West CTBA (S)

Fri 12 - Thu 18 June

A woman and her son escape from East Germany to the other side of the Berlin wall only to be faced with an increasing paranoia and her past catching up with her in this suspenseful and stylish Cold War drama.

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Sat 13 - Fri 19 June

Listen Up Philip 15

Fri 5 - Thu 18 June

An egotistical young writer (Jason Schwartzmann) is raked over the coals in Alex Ross Perry's uncompromising and hilarious valentine to writing and the New York literature scene in this deadpan look at creative egotism.

Read More Book Tickets

Black Coal Thin Ice 15 (S)

Fri 5 - Thu 18 June

Chinese director Yinan Diao’s riveting drama about a disgraced cop’s obsession with finding a serial killer is a noir-ish thriller and vivid warts-and-all portrait of the new China, which scooped the Golden Bear prize for Best Film at the 2014 Berlinale.

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The Look Of Silence 15 (S)

Fri 12 - Thu 25 June

Joshua Oppenheimer's follow up to his extraordinary Oscar®-nominated 2012 documentary The Act of Killing switches the perspective from the perpetrators to the victims as optometrist Adi confronts the men who killed his brother during Indonesia's brutal 'communist' purge of the mid-60s.

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Cinébabies: The Look Of Silence 15 (S)

Mon 15 June 11:00

Cinébabies is our weekly daytime screening of one of the current films in the programme specifically for parents/carers with babies under 12 months.

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West CTBA (S)

Fri 12 - Thu 18 June

A woman and her son escape from East Germany to the other side of the Berlin wall only to be faced with an increasing paranoia and her past catching up with her in this suspenseful and stylish Cold War drama.

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Masters of Iranian Cinema: Where is my Friend's House? PG (S)

Sat 13 June 15:00

This launched Abbas Kiarostami (Certified Copy, Close Up) onto the world stage, heralded the arrival of Iranian neo-realism, and set the prototype for Iranian "kid quest" movies. Nominally the story of a young boy who must return his friend's notebook he took by mistake, in case his friend is punished by being expelled from school.

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Screen Icons: Dean & Monroe: East Of Eden PG

Sun 14 June 12:00

Elia Kazan’s brilliant adaptation of John Steinbeck’s novel set in a small farming valley in 1917 California was James Dean’s first leading role, as a troubled youth who, along with his competitive brother vies for the affection of his devout father.

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Masters of Iranian Cinema: Gabbeh PG (S)

Mon 15 June 18:00

Astonishingly beautiful and profoundly poetic, Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s Gabbeh is quite possibly the most eye-poppingly gorgeous film ever made. This sumptuous allegorical tale focuses on an almost extinct nomadic tribe of South Eastern Iran who are famed for their intricately designed Persian "Gabbeh" carpets.

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Boyhood 15

Wed 17 June 17:40

Filmed with the same group of actors over a 12 year period from 2002 to 2013, Richard Linklater's masterpiece is an engrossing one-of-a-kind epic about the ordinary: growing up, the banality of family life, and forging an identity.

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Merchants of Doubt 12A

Wed 17 June 18:00

Inspired by the acclaimed book by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway, Mechants of Doubt takes audiences on a satirically comedic yet illuminating ride into the heart of conjuring American spin, ranging from toxic chemicals to pharmaceuticals to climate change.

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Salt of the Earth 12A (S)

Thu 18 June 18:00

Wim Wenders takes a look back at the life and work of Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado in this stunning visual odyssey - see the world through one of the greatest image-makers of the last century.

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The Misfits PG

Fri 19 - Sun 21 June

A financial failure on its initial release, Arthur Miller and John Huston's anti-Western, a perceptive fable of unresolved lives, has acquired its own melancholy legend thanks to it being the last film of both Marilyn Monroe (who was married to Miller at the time) and Clark Gable

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Les Combattants 15 (S)

Fri 19 - Thu 25 June

Thomas Cailley’s debut feature is an acerbic take on coming-of-age romance and an entertaining dramatic comedy about falling in love and survival, French style.

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Mr Holmes PG

Fri 19 June - Thu 2 July

Seventeen years after his Oscar®-winning Of Gods and Monsters, Bill Condon is reunited with that film's star, Sir Ian McKellen, in this affectionate tribute to Arthur Conan Doyle's master detective, now 93 and determined to crack an old case.

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