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Wednesday 09 February 2005 01:02

"Do not think because you are coloured you cannot accomplish anything," pronounced Frederick Douglass in 1893. Runaway Diamonds is a powerful production that traces the life of Douglass, who became a leader in the abolitionist movement and the first black citizen to hold high rank in the US government. West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds (0113-213 7700) 8 to 12 Mar

V Geoff Andrew, the film critic, introduces Terrence Malick's masterpiece Days of Heaven as part of the NFT's Wild Bunch season. The film, starring Richard Gere and Brooke Adams, was photographed by Nestor Almendros almost entirely at dusk, giving it a radiant amber glow. National Film Theatre, London SE1 (020-7928 3232) Sunday, 24 & 26 Feb

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