RED LINES + Q&A with Razan

Dir: Andrea Kalin & Oliver Lukacs

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...

I Am Divine

Dir: Jeffrey Schwarz

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.


Dir: Orlando von Einsiedel

Deep in the rainforests of eastern Congo lies Virunga, Africa's oldest national park, and the last remaining home of the mountain gorilla. With a brutal civil war creeping ever closer the park is under threat like never before...

Watchers of the Sky

Dir: Edet Belzberg

"Why is the killing of a million a lesser crime than the killing of an individual?" Raphael Lemkin changed the course of history with this one question. Watchers of the Sky explores the life and legacy of Lemkin...

Down by Law

Dir: George Amponsah

George Amponsah will discuss the ups and downs of making an independently financed, politically charged documentary feature in the UK. This event is part of the Open City Docs Festival.

Little Proletarian

Dir: Shen Jie

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 Cold Winter

Dir: Zheng Kuo

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.

Searching For Sugar Man

Dir: Malik Bendjelloul

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.

20 Feet From Stardom

Dir: Morgan Neville

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.


Dir: Anna Eborn

It's a long, hot summer in South Dakota's Pine Ridge Reservation. Through a series of intimate portraits we are introduced to the young heart of Native America - a generation ghettoised from society...


Dir: Marc Singer

For years, a homeless community took root in a train tunnel beneath New York City, braving dangerous conditions and perpetual night. Dark Days explores this surprisingly domestic subterranean world.


Dir: Raymond Depardon & Claudine Nougaret

Legendary filmmaker-photographer Raymond Depardon collaborates with wife and long term creative partner, Claudine Nougaret, to bring us a captivating and highly personal panorama of modern France.