THE GLEANERS AND I

Dir: Agnès Varda

A delightful and personal diary/documentary of people who exist by utilising the things others regard as useless in modern society. This is a witty and gently humanist film from a veteran of the 60s French new wave.

THE BEACHES OF AGNES

Dir: Agnès Varda

Returning to the beaches which have been part of her life Agnès stages herself amongst excerpts of her films' images and reportages. She shares her story with humour and emotion from her early days as an independent filmmaker, and her life with Jacques Demy through to the present day.

Grierson Award nominated affectionate doc/improvised fiction about artificially intelligent robot dogs and the emotional relationships with their owners. Using voice and face recognition these $3000 robot pets raise questions of how much humans can bond with machines and if it's really possible to buy love.

ON A TIGHTROPE

Dir: Petr Lom

Chinese orphans struggle to learn the ancient Uighur tradition of tightrope walking in this extraordinary story. Filmmaker Petr Lom gained unprecedented access to the Uighur people, China's largest Muslim minority, to tell this story of triumph over adversity.

50 years after Europe warred on the battlefield its competitive spirit is now satisfied with singing contests. Funny and moving in equal measure Sounds Like Teen Spirit tells the story of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest where pint sized talents from Sweden to Ukraine sing their 10-15 year old hearts out.

THE MASTERS OF THE HOUSE

Dir: Ludovica Fale

Graziana, a young Italian woman, like so many of her generation aspires to a glittering career in the media. While trying to pass her law degree, she suddenly finds herself implicated in Prime Minister Berlusconi's infamous sex scandal saga. After such notoriety, what are her options in the Italy of Il Padrone di Casa?

UP THE YANGTZE

Dir: Yung Chang

China's massive Three Gorges Dam is altering the landscape and the lives of people living along the fabled Yangtze River. As the river rises, countless ancient villages will be submerged forcing 2 million people to lose their homes and livelihoods.

CORRIDOR #8

Dir: Boris Despodov

In 1997 the EU launched Corridor # 8 – a massive project to build a road connecting the Black Sea to the Adriatic and the people of Bulgaria, Macedonia and Albania to each other for the first time. Ten years on, not much has happened, and the residents along the proposed route are not sure what to make of it – after all, who said they wanted to be connected up in the first place?