MOVING TO MARS

Dir: Mat Whitecross

Moving to Mars charts the epic journey made by two Burmese families from a vast refugee camp on the Thai/Burma border to their new homes in the UK. At times hilarious, at times emotional, their travels provide fascinating and unique insight not only into the effects of migration, but also into one of the most important current political crises.

REQUIEM FOR DETROIT

Dir: Julien Temple

This film evokes an apocalyptic vision. Once America's fourth largest city, Detroit was built by the car for the car, with the first freeways, suburbs, and shopping centres, it embodied the American dream. Now it's a dystopic city.

MUGABE AND THE WHITE AFRICAN

Dir: Lucy Bailey & Andrew Thompson

Michael Campbell is one of the few hundred white farmers left in Zimbabwe since President Robert Mugabe began his violent 'Land Reform' program in 2000. What follows is an intimate, moving and often terrifying account of one man and his family's extraordinary courage in the face of overwhelming injustice and brutality.

GITMO - THE NEW RULES OF WAR

Dir: Erik Gandini & Tarik Saleh

What exactly is going on in 'Gitmo'? A former prisoner, the Swedish citizen Mehdi Ghezali, still does not want to talk about his time in Gitmo. As their quest for the truth continues the filmmakers path takes them via Abu Ghraib prison  to the world of war outsourcing, Romanian mercenaries and to the story of an American general and former commander at Guantanamo who was dismissed for being 'too nice.

OUTSIDE THE LAW: STORIES FROM GUANTANAMO + Dirs. Q&A

Dir: Polly Nash & Andy Worthington

Outside the Law tells the story of Guantánamo Bay Detention center, looking at how the Bush administration turned its back on domestic and international laws, how prisoners were rounded up in Afghanistan and Pakistan without adequate screening, and why some of these men may have been in Afghanistan or Pakistan for reasons unconnected with militancy or terrorism.

ALBINO UNITED

Dir: Barney Broomfield & Marc Hoeferlin & Juan Reina

Tanzania, where albinos are murdered and their body parts used for 'magic' potions, a brave group of albinos are using football to spread the message that they too are members of society.

CONFESSIONS OF A NAZI SPY

Dir: Anatole Litva

An anti-Nazi propaganda film from Warners where Robinson plays a G-Man ferreting out Nazi Fifth Columnists working in America. The film achieved great popular and critical success in America, but was banned in many Latin American and European countries.

BUDRUS (Sneak Preview)

Dir: Julia Bacha

Ayed Morrar, an unlikely community organiser, unites Palestinians from all political factions and Israelis to save his village from destruction by Israel's Separation Barrier. Victory seems improbably until his fifteen-year-old daughter launches a women's contingent that quickly moves to the front lines.

A STONE'S THROW AWAY

Dir: Line Halvorsen

This powerful documentary follows the lives of three Palestinian boys from the Dheisheh refugee camp after their thirteen-year-old friend is shot and killed by Israeli soldiers. The children amuse themselves by throwing stones at Israeli tanks. 

LA CHIROLA

Dir: Diego Mondaca

Through his memories of the chirola (prison), Pedro makes us learn what confinement could imply to someone either outside or behind bars. The feelings, the changes, the uncertainties and the traumas generated inside a limited space and a limited situation construct his philosophy of life and freedom.

A decade on and filmmaker Jez Lewis also returns to his hometown in Yorkshire, Hebden Bridge, and a real-life drama about why his childhood friends are killing themselves. Beginning with a personal quest for understanding, the film moves into a year-long exploration of the problems his friends face and find impossible to overcome.

VIDEOCRACY

Dir: Erik Gandini

Italian-born director Erik Gandini portrays the televisual world that prime minister and media tycoon, Silvio Berlusconi, has created in Italy. Gaining unique access to the most powerful media spheres, he unveils a remarkable story, born out of the scary reality of "TV-Republic" Italy and, by accident or design, "Videocracy" ends up holding a mirror to a larger world.

BURMA VJ

Dir: Anders Østergaard

Acclaimed filmmaker, Anders Østergaard follows Burma's video journalists, who risk torture and life in jail by keeping the flow of news coming out of their closed country. Armed with small handycams, they smuggle out undercover reports, broadcast them back into Burma via satellite and offer them as free usage for international media.

The Mona Lisa Curse is a timely polemic by internationally renowned art critic Robert Hughes which examines how the world's most famous painting came to influence the art world. With his trademark style, Hughes explores how museums,the production of art and the way we experience it, have radically changed in the last 50 years.

AFGHAN STAR + Dir. Q&A

Dir: Havana Marking

Afghan Star was watched by a third of the population of Afghanistan. Over 11 million people, in voting for their favourites, experienced a taste of democracy. Afghan Star is a small but significant unifying force for the country's diverse ethnic groups; a celebration of hope in the midst of adversity, 'the aim is to take the people's hand from weapons to music'.