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Interrupt This Program: Jakarta — Art Defying Moral Conservatism

A feminist singer, visual artist, transgender performance artist, and the country's first female Muslim stand-up comedian struggle to preserve the increasingly restrictive space for free expression.

Indonesia's first female Muslim comedian is taking on religious extremism one penis joke at a time

Sakdiyah Ma'ruf's comedy "opens this place of play" to talk about being a woman in her community and cultural prejudices.

Inspired by Riot Grrrl, these women in Jakarta use zines to talk about sex, dating and 'the f-word'

As politicians call for the criminalization of homosexuality and premarital sex, these zines break taboos. Interrupt This Program airs Fridays at 8:30pm.

Interrupt This Program: Mexico City — Artists Breaking Apathy

In a city riddled by violence, a strong artistic countermovement is breaking apathy towards femicide and crime.

Shadow a Canadian photographer as he joins a search party for missing persons in Mexico

The story of Mexico's 43 students spurred photographer François Pesant to action. These pictures capture a country's violence and loss.

These coyote sculptures in Mexico are guiding migrants to safety

The sculptures — installed along known migration routes — house water bottles, feature route maps and have contact information for organizations that can help.

7 women are killed per day in Mexico. This collective is fighting back with art

Women Engraving Resistance is putting up hand-carved, screenprinted posters around Mexico City in solidarity with other women and to protest this violence.

'It's such a powerful time not to be silent': See how art can be a weapon on Interrupt This Program

The new season premieres October 13th in Mexico City followed by Nairobi, Jakarta, Chicago, Karachi and Warsaw.

A world in turmoil. Art to the rescue. Interrupt This Program Season 3 premieres Oct. 13

Visit the underground art scenes in Mexico City, Nairobi, Jakarta, Chicago, Karachi and Warsaw every Friday at 8:30pm on CBC TV and

Making a film in Cuba? 'You have to be a little bit of Don Quixote'

Havana filmmaker Miguel Coyula uses low-budget special effects to create amid Cuba's artistic oppression.

This Palestinian artist digitally erases the ground — full of landmines — under refugees' feet

Visual artist Mirna Bamieh on witnessing a dangerous border crossing: "I wanted to turn it into a land that was not burdened by history and politics and trauma."

An alien is shining love on Moscow 'like sunshine' to bring magic to its future

Andrey Bartenev wants to bring Russia's artistic history back in vivid colour. Catch up on Interrupt This Program before Season 3 premieres October 13th!

Bone art in Manila honours forgotten women and their labour

Nikki Luna's beautiful work often deals with upsetting societal issues — like the lilies she painted on a pelvis bone to reject "boxed definitions of a woman."

Interrupt This Program: Manila — Creating in spite of fear

'I think the biggest challenge of any artist is to not be afraid. get over the fear, because it doesn't control you.'

How these abandoned WW II Jeeps in Manila transformed into dazzling public transportation art

When the U.S. army left the Philippines after the end of World War II, the Jeeps they left behind were turned into public transportation and art.

Interrupt This Program: Havana — art from a disconnected island

A dissident filmmaker, a contemporary dancer, an Afro-Cuban DJ and a Canadian MC/Beatmaker insist on pushing artistic boundaries on an insulated island

When the Soviet Union collapsed, Cuban musicians had to invent their own gear with whatever they had

For Isnay Rodriguez, music offered important psychological relief in the hard times of an economic crisis: "Music was the only means to have fun."

Check out Cuba's first design shop — whose shirts Obama (remember him?) wanted for Sasha and Malia

Havana's design shop Clandestina is more than just a place to get cool t-shirts — it's a vibrant and welcoming creative community.

Interrupt This Program: Jerusalem — Artists fighting for their own truth

"Jerusalem is definitely not a dead city. It's the most alive city." Inside the art world of the volatile, divided city.

Smashing pianos and turning an abandoned building into a musical instrument in Jerusalem

In Jerusalem, the artist collective Empty House enters abandoned buildings and turns them into venues for art and spaces to push back against the high cost of living.

'In this reality, even love is political': A Palestinian artist's song of love kept apart by borders

For musician Maysa Daw, telling the stories of her fellow Palestinians makes it worth staying in the volatile and divided city.

This Palestinian artist's candy creations 'defetishize' the house keys refugees took with them

Ramallah visual artist Majd Abdel Hamid is making edible candy art to grapple with and remove the power from a potent symbol he thinks represents stasis.

Watch Interrupt This Program: Lagos — Artists Provoking Debate

Interrupt This Program goes to Lagos, Africa's largest city, and one charged with a simmering new artistic energy amid terrorism, violent patriarchy and injustice.

Being jailed and intimidated for his Lagos street performance hasn't stopped Jelili Atiku's protest

See his extraordinarily striking performance against Boko Haram in Interrupt This Program: Lagos.

'Fear is just a growling animal with no teeth': A Nigerian-Canadian's poem on women's courage

Titilope Sonuga uses poetry to create an "alternate universe" for herself in the uneasy political environment of Lagos.

Check out Cuba's first design shop — whose shirts Obama (remember him?) wanted for Sasha and Malia

Havana's design shop Clandestina is more than just a place to get cool t-shirts — it's a vibrant and welcoming creative community.