In January 2013, filmmaker Laura Poitras was several years into the making of a film about abuses of national security in post-9/11 America when she started receiving encrypted emails from someone identifying himself as "citizen four"...
When reports emerge of crimes against humanity, Human Rights Watch sends emergency investigators to document violations and reveal them to the world. These specialist investigators, the first on the ground, are the E-Team.
Doctor Krassi, nurse Mila and driver Plamen are the overworked crew of one of the last operating ambulances in Sofia, Bulgaria. We observe as they race through the night, struggling to save lives in the face of a lack of resources...
This is a side of war you don't see. Telling the dramatic story of two Syrians from vastly different walks of life who are thrown together through the circumstances of war, Red Lines is a gripping film highlighting the resilience of the Syrian people...
There are 37,000 Love Hotels in Japan visited by 2.8million people a day. An ancient Japanese tradition, the hotels exist for people to escape the conservative structures of their daily lives, to explore their fantasies or just find some privacy.
August 2012, Marikana. Thirty-four miners are shot dead by police and scores more left injured at the end of a six day strike. Playing out like a political thriller, Miners Shot Down pieces together what happened in those six days.
India's Little Ran of Kutch desert seems to extend for eternity. There's not a tree or blade of grass in sight. But for eight months of the year 40,000 men, women and children trek across India to scrape a living from this most unlikely place...
Featuring contributions from friends and collaborators and rare archive footage, this documentary tells the story of how a shy kid from Baltimore transformed himself into Divine, the most notorious and renowned drag icon in the world. A rich and definitive study of one of cinema's true originals.
A fascinating documentary about a handful of Europeans who couldn't get along when they separately settled on one of the tiny uninhabited islands in the Pacific West of South America in the early 1930s.
Thulasi is a young woman with a tough future ahead of her. She was born a "Dalit," or "untouchable" in the Indian caste system. Her early years were a struggle for survival but now she is willing to literally fight for a better...
A moving portrait of the photographer, Jane Brown, her quiet determination working in an almost exclusively male world, her unique working method and how the sorrow of her early childhood informed her unique photographic style.
As lead singer of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre, Kathleen Hanna became the controversial voice of the 90s feminist movement, 'Riot Grrrl'. Mixing interviews and archive footage The Punk Singer charts the life of this unique artist.
14-year-old Hai has been kicked out of school. With a cigarette hanging from his mouth, he wanders around town, stealing, fighting and terrorising the village with his motorcycle gang. A wild, harsh but also funny portrayal of Chinese teenage life.
The Chinese state's shabby treatment of its independent artists comes into sharp focus in Zheng Kuo's epic documentation of the enforced evictions from three "artist colonies" in East Beijing during the freezing winter of 2010/11. Featuring chinese artist Ai Weiwei The Cold Winter is a spirited contribution to the fight for grass-roots democracy in China.
Academy-award winning documentary. A feel-good celebration of the unknown voices behind music's most recognisable hits. Neville tells the tales of five backing singers – Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Judith Hill, Claudia Lennear and Lisa Fischer.
Rodriguez was the greatest 70s US rock icon who never was. Momentarily hailed as the finest recording artist of his generation, he disappeared into oblivion – rising again from the ashes in a completely different context. An extraordinary film about hope, inspiration and the resonating power of music.
The Mississippi River Flood of 1927 remains the biggest in American history. This mesmerising new doc from filmmaker Bill Morrison is created from hours of archive footage from 1927 and set to a score by jazz legend Bill Frisell.
Director Madeleine Sackler goes behind the scenes with an acclaimed troupe of imaginative and subversive performers defying Europe's last remaining dictatorship.
In a startling loop of time and memory, Granito: How to Nail a Dictator (2011) shows how a filmmaker's first documentary was instrumental in indicting Ríos Montt.
A close-quarter portrait of a group of undocumented Iranian immigrants who are stranded and struggling to survive in Athens. Intimate and unflinching, Stop-Over is a rare insight into the dehumanising effects of life in limbo.
Set in the Cape Flats, South Africa's murder capital, this is an unflinching, intimate and extraordinary portrait of an ageing gangster torn between resolving a deadly turf war, and securing the future of his young family.
With the pace and intrigue of a spy thriller, Plot for Peace tells the extraordinary story of the French businessman - Jean-Yves Ollivier - who worked behind the scenes to unite South Africa's neighbouring states against racial division.
Few twentieth-century figures have moved as fluidly and forcefully between the worlds of politics, literature, drama, film, historical debate, and the culture wars as Gore Vidal...
In 1972, Otto Muehl founded a commune based on common property ownership, free love and liberation from family ties. Paul-Julien Robert's quietly devastating documentary interweaves footage of life in the commune...