FIRES WERE STARTED

Dir: Humphrey Jennings

Covering twenty-four hours in London during the Blitz, Fires Were Started is the story of a day in the life of the Auxiliary Fire Service. On the same day that a new recruit joins up, warning comes in that a heavy attack is expected that night.

JEFF BUCKLEY - GOODBYE AND HELLO

Dir: Jasmina Fekovic

In 1997, Jeff Buckley - considered by critics to be one of the most promising artists of his generation - drowned in mysterious circumstances. Featuring interviews with Buckley's friends and family and rare home-movie footage of the singer on tour, Goodbye and Hello is a unique exploration into the conflicting perceptions of this enigmatic man.

KABUL TRANSIT

Dir: David Edwards & Gregory Whitmore & Maliha Zulfacar

Kabul Transit explores the soul of a city devastated by nearly three decades of war. The film follows city residents in the course of their daily lives and listens to their stories of the past and their hopes for the future.

FALLUJAH

Dir: Homodi Hasim

Filmed during the US led assault on Fallujah, this film comprises of unique footage of the devastation and testimonies from those inside the besieged city, along with footage of injuries and civilians under fire. It provides a concise introduction to the historical roots of resistance to the occupying forces in the city and it conveys a real sense of what such attacks can do to a community.

WELCOME EUROPA

Dir: Bruno Ulmer

A fascinating and disconcerting portrait of the raw existence of Europe's illegal immigrants. The film follows eight young men, Kurdish, Moroccan and Romanian, as they struggle for survival on the streets of Paris, Amsterdam and Madrid.

MOVING STORY

Dir: Lucy Kaye

Fred Ward, a Romany Showman, living on a council site, struggles against a deadline as he prepares to make an appearance at a large gathering that he knows other Travellers will attend. As we follow his progress we get a glimpse of life inside what travellers call 'the trailer'.

CAN TUNIS

Dir: José González Morandi & Paco Toledo

Can Tunis is a seedy suburb of Barcelona. The local authorities are determined to knock down the entire quarter, but the Gypsies who live there will not budge that easily - they demand alternative housing they can afford. 

TRAVELLER

Dir: John T Davis & Alen MacWeeney

In 1965, photographer Alen MacWeeney embarked on a two-year project of photographing and recording the Travellers of Dublin and Galway. Nearly 35 years later, he returns to Ireland to find the travellers again. A haunting, poetic portrait of the Travelling community.

MUSIC BY ... GABRIEL YARED

Dir: Rani Khanna

Gabriel Yared has composed music for feature films, documentaries, ballets and cartoons, winning many awards internationally, including an Oscar for his score on "The English Patient". For the first time, he has accepted to be filmed and to be followed in his collaboration with the director Anthony Minghella, for the score of "Cold Mountain".

VILLAGE OF SOCKS

Dir: Klaudia Begic & Ileana Stanculescu

A new form of income has come to the Transylvanian village of Viscri. Women in the community are knitting socks and selling them to Western European countries through a local cooperative. But the inequality that results from this new found economy causes tensions in the community.

A LESSON OF BELARUSIAN

Dir: Miroslaw Dembinski

A Lesson of Belarusian follows the story of Franek Viacorka studying at an elite school to promote the Belarusian language. The school was banned in 2003, a victim of the anti – democratic rule of President Alexander Lukashenka.

FLOWERS DON'T GROW HERE

Dir: Shira Pinson

Much of Eastern Europe has been devastated by the rapid transition from communism to capitalism. Fifteen years since independence from the USSR, the Ukraine - Europe's second largest country - is struggling to regain economic and social stability. One little-known consequence is the estimated 1,000,000 children now living homeless on Ukraine's streets.

A CRUDE AWAKENING - THE OIL CRASH + Q&A

Dir: Ray McCormack & Basil Gelpke

The inconceivable changes facing the world as oil becomes ever more scarce. Directors Gelpke and McCormack show how our exploitation of oil has led not only to fabulous lifestyles our ancestors could never have imagined, but also ongoing political and economic instability worldwide. 

DREAMING BY NUMBERS

Dir: Anna Bucchetti

Maria and Angela run a local lottery office inherited from their parents. They are well known for their ability to attach numbers to anything, with the help of a revered book called The Grimace. Local murders, police raids, bizarre events, all have their number potential as Naples' citizens try to win their way out of poverty.

MY COUNTRY, MY COUNTRY

Dir: Laura Poitras

My Country, My Country is an unforgettable journey into the heart of war-ravaged Iraq in the months leading up to the January 2005 elections. Director Laura Poitras' main focus is Dr Riyadh, a Sunni candidate, benevolent GP and an outspoken critic of the occupation, he is equally passionate about the need to establish democracy in Iraq.

WHITE PLATOON

Dir: Yuri Maldavsky & Tim Grucza

From the symbolic handover of power to the Iraqi people to the under publicized bloody election day to the tearful reunion with families and wounded colleagues, we follow a group of soldiers as they transform from eager young men into hardened, cynical war veterans who will never be the same again.