STATE BUILDERS + Q&A

Dir: Florence Martin-Kessler & Anne Poiret

Starting on the day of its independence, filmmakers Florence Martin-Kessler and Anne Poiret chronicle the first year of South Sudan's independence, in which the first foundations of this fledgling democracy are laid.

DIRTY WARS + Panel Q&A

Dir: Richard Rowley

Something doesn't add up for seasoned reporter Jeremy Scahill, when the scene of a supposed Taliban honour killing in the village of Khatabeh in Afghanistan starts to sound more like a botched (and covered up) US military night raid. 

SALMA + Editor Q&A

Dir: Kim Longinotto

When Salma was 13, her parents took her out of school and locked her away in a room with a single window. After 9 years she gave in to pressure to agree to an arranged marriage. Following Salma on a trip back to her village...

No Burqas Behind Bars

Dir: Maryam Ebrahimi & Nima Sarvestani

In the Takhar prison in Afghanistan 40 women are serving long sentences for 'moral crimes'. These crimes largely involve the defiance of men, from rejection of forced marriage to infidelity to fleeing violent relationships.

BLACKFISH

Dir: Gabriela Cowperthwaite

A mesmerizing psychological thriller with a killer whale at its centre, Blackfish is the first film since Grizzly Man to show how nature can get revenge on man when pushed to its limits.

MONTEREY POP

Dir: D. A. Pennebaker

On a beautiful June weekend in 1967, at the height of the Summer of Love, the first and only Monterey International Pop Festival roared forward, capturing a decade's spirit and ushering in a new era of rock and roll. Monterey would launch...

THE MOO MAN + Director Q&A

Dir: Andy Heathcote & Heike Bachelier

Stephen Hook is not your average dairy farmer, but then Ida and her 55 spirited bovine cohorts are not your average Friesian cows. Tender, captivating and comica, this is a story of small-scale, hands-on organic farming with a lot of heart. And milk.

I AM BREATHING + Panel Discussion

Dir: Emma Davie & Morag McKinnon

Neil Platt is using voice recognition software to type a letter to his baby son, trying to anticipate everything Oscar may one day want to know about his father. Shortly after Oscar's birth Neil was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease, rapidly...

Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet

Dir: Jesse Vile

When doctors diagnosed 19-year-old rock star Jason Becker with Lou Gehrig's Disease, they said he would never make music again and that he wouldn't live to see his 25th birthday. 22 years later, without the ability to move or to speak, Jason is alive and making music with his eyes.

Beware of Mr Baker

Dir: Jay Bulger

At home with rock 'n' roll monster Ginger Baker, Cream's legendary Scarlet-maned hell-raising drummer. This no-holds-barred, sad and hilarious portrait of the man referred to as rock's first great drummer lets him tell his own story, intercut with footage of his continent-hopping life.

My Neighbourhood

Dir: Julia Bacha & Rebekah Wingert-Jabi

In a neighbourhood in East Jerusalem Mohammed El Kurd and his family suddenly find themselves forced from their home by Israeli settlers. Mohammed, enraged by the events, begins to protest alongside his neighbours, and is shocked when scores of Israeli supporters come forward to join their cause.

When the Boys Return

Dir: Tone Andersen

Struggling to overcome the effects of their time spent in Israeli jails, 11 young Palestinian boys meet once a week for a group therapy session. Now that they are back with their families in Hebron they face a future of fear and uncertainty under the continuing occupation, all the while dealing with the traumas of their prison experiences.

Side by Side

Dir: Christopher Kenneally

Presented and co-produced by Keanu Reaves, the film looks at the past and into the future of filmmaking and explores the digital medium and its impact on the industry with interviews with Hollywood luminaries such as Martin Scorsese, David Lynch and Steven Soderberg.

The Spirit of '45

Dir: Ken Loach

An impassioned documentary about how the spirit of unity which buoyed Britain during the war years carried through to create a vision of a fairer, united society.</p> <p>1945 was a pivotal year in British history.

Granny's Flags

Dir: Naziha Arebi

Haja Fatma, a mother to eight children, tells the tale of family life in Tripoli during the Libyan Revolution. Women, young and old, all contributed during these hostile months in their own unique way. A human portal into the acts of ordinary people in their hope for freedom.

Just beside an endless white desert up in the Bolivian Andes, Daniel Lopez and his family lead traditional salt workers' lives. Since it has become known that Salar de Uyuni holds the world's biggest amount of lithium - the future's resource - their little village finds itself in a place where global interest reaches in. A careful portrait of two generations from a culture on the dawn of globalisation.

Pina

Dir: Wim Wenders

A feature-length dance film featuring the ensemble of the Tanztheater Wuppertal, illustrating the unique and inspirational art of the great German choreographer, Pina Bausch, who died in the summer of 2009.

ONE MILE AWAY + Q&A

Dir: Penny Woolcock

Penny Woolcock's compelling documentary uses footage shot during the summer riots, interviews and hip-hop performances to weave together the fascinating story of two opposing gang members' struggles to call a truce.

Bill Cunningham New York

Dir: Richard Press

Bill Cunningham is a New York Times photographer now in his 80s. For decades this cultural anthropologist has been obsessively inventively chronicling fashion trends. A funny and poignant portrait of a dedicated artist whose only wealth is his own humanity and unassuming grace.

McCullin

Dir: David Morris & Jacqui Morris

Detailing the life and work of acclaimed war photographer Don McCullin, the seminal photojournalist of the 1970s and 80s, the film shows the truth behind McCullin's hard-hitting and controversial images.

RED WEDDING

Dir: Guillaume Suon & Lida Chan

Between 1975 and 1979, at least 250,000 Cambodian women were forced to marry Khmer Rouge soldiers they had never met before in a concerted effort by the regime to increase the population. Sochan Pen was one of them. Aged 16, she was beaten and raped by her husband before managing to escape, albeit deeply scarred by the trauma of her experience.