THE EAGLE HUNTRESS

Dir: Otto Bell

The Eagle Huntress follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old girl, as she trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter, and rises to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been handed down from father to son for centuries.

RESET

Dir: Thierry Demaizière & Alban Teurlai

With his American culture, his youth and notoriety, and his gift for public relations, Benjamin Millepied is about to dramatically shake up, upset and rejuvenate the prestigious French institution, Opéra National de Paris. 

HOMO SAPIENS

Dir: Nikolaus Geyrhalter

Homo Sapiens, the latest film from multi award winning director, Nikolaus Geyrhalter (Over the Years, Abendland, Our Daily Bread) explores the finiteness and fragility of human existence, the end of the industrial age, and what it means to be a human being.

MAGNUS

Dir: Benjamin Ree

Magnus is the inspirational true story of the Norwegian boy who, in his early twenties, managed to achieve and maintain the highest rating in chess history, going on to become the greatest chess champion of modern times. 

THE IVORY GAME

Dir: Kief Davidson & Richard Ladkani

The Ivory Game exposes the dark world of ivory trafficking from the planes of Africa to the streets of China. By working with undercover intelligence organizations, activists, frontline rangers and conservationists to infiltrate the corrupt global network of ivory trafficking, the film inspires both outrage and hope. 

INTO THE INFERNO

Dir: Werner Herzog

Werner Herzog sets out with the world’s leading volcanologist, Clive Oppenheimer on a dangerous mission; their journey takes around the world, to the very edges of active volcanoes, meeting the people who willingly live in the shadow of such lethally unpredictable neighbours.

INTO THE INFERNO + Q&A

Dir: Werner Herzog

Werner Herzog sets out with the world’s leading volcanologist, Clive Oppenheimer on a dangerous mission; their journey takes around the world, to the very edges of active volcanoes, meeting the people who willingly live in the shadow of such lethally unpredictable neighbours.

BEFORE THE FLOOD

Dir: Fisher Stevens

From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens and Academy Award-winning actor, Leonardo DiCaprio, Before the Flood presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change.

SONITA

Dir: Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami

Sonita Alizadeh, a strong-willed teenager who idolises Rihanna and Michael Jackson, is an aspiring rapper, in spite of all the obstacles she confronts in Iran and from her conservative Afghan family. She is an undocumented Afghan refugee in Tehran, and her family has other plans for her.

13TH

Dir: Ava DuVernay

Directed and produced by Ava DuVernay, The 13th explores how mass incarceration in America evolved to its current epic proportions and what the ramifications are for communities of colour across the country. 

"This is a tragic and poignant yet also energetic and inspirational portrait of an extremely tough Indian woman." – IDFA (International Documentary Festival Amsterdam)

★★★★★
"Beautifully simple and simply beautiful..." - Tom Huddleston, Time Out

South India’s first female taxi driver.

SHADOW WORLD

Dir: Johan Grimonprez

Directed by Johan Grimonprez and based on Andrew Feinstein's globally acclaimed book The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade, this explosive new film reveals the murky world of international arms trade. 

UNDER THE SUN

Dir: Vitaly Mansky

After years of negotiation acclaimed Russian director Vitaly Mansky was invited by the North Korean government to make a film about one girl and her family in the year she prepares to join the Children's Union, on the 'Day of the Shining Star' (Kim Jong-Il's birthday).

TICKLED

Dir: David Farrier & Dylan Reeve

Journalist David Farrier stumbles upon a mysterious tickling competition online. As he delves deeper he comes up against fierce resistance, but that doesn’t stop him getting to the bottom of a story stranger than fiction.

Music is the beating heart of Malian culture. But when Islamic hardliners took control of northern Mali in 2012, they enforced one of the harshest interpretations of sharia law in history and banned all forms of music. Radio stations were destroyed, instruments burned and Mali’s musicians faced torture and death. 

WEINER

Dir: Elyse Steinberg & Josh Kriegman

Many politicians have seen their careers veer off the tracks, but few instances have been captured so completely on film as they are in the incisive and painfully funny Weiner. ​

THE CONFESSION

Dir: Ashish Ghadiali

From supporting the Bosnian Mujahideen to being imprisoned in Bagram and Guantanamo, from the rebel training camps in Syria to the prison cells of Belmarsh in Britain, Begg has witnessed a generation of conflict...

THE HARD STOP

Dir: George Amponsah

The racially charged police killing of Mark Duggan in August 2011 ignited the worst civil unrest in recent British history. Duggan’s closest friends, Marcus and Kurtis, take us on a tour of their insulated world, which we pass everyday but never really see.

Doc/Fest Picks: FLOTEL EUROPA

Dir: Vladimir Tomic

Vladimir Tomic boarded the Flotel Europa in Copenhagen in the early 1990s, along with thousands of other refugees from the former Yugoslavia. Through home movie footage Tomic reflects back on his experience in this timely and unusual coming of age film.

HOOLIGAN SPARROW

Dir: Nanfu Wang

The danger is palpable as intrepid young filmmaker Nanfu Wang follows maverick activist Ye Haiyan (a.k.a Hooligan Sparrow) and her band of colleagues to Hainan Province in southern China, to protest the case of six elementary school girls...

NO HOME MOVIE

Dir: Chantal Akerman

One of cinema's most innovative figures, Chantal Akerman passed away in tragic circumstances in 2015. Her last film, No Home Movie, is her most intimate and personal work: a record of her relationship with her mother over the course of the latter's last year of life. 

OCDF: ROUNDABOUT IN MY HEAD

Dir: Hassen Ferhani

Roundabout in My Head looks inside the oldest slaughterhouse in Central Algiers. The backdrop of well-worn surfaces and a palette of bloody reds speaks to the building’s function, but it is the lives of the men who work here that take... 

GRAY MATTERS

Dir: Marco Orsini

Gray Matters explores the long, fascinating life and complicated career of architect and designer Eileen Gray, whose uncompromising vision defined and defied the practice of modernism in decoration, design and architecture.  

UK Premiere: FIRE AT SEA + Q&A

Dir: Gianfranco Rosi

Winner of the Golden Bear for Best Film at the Berlin Film Festival 2016, Gianfranco Rosi’s incisive, poignant and deeply moving portrait of the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa - and the humanitarian crisis occurring in the seas around it...

TROUBLEMAKERS

Dir: James Crump

Troublemakers unearths the history of a cadre of renegade New York artists who transcended the gallery setting by producing earthworks on a monumental scale. This film reveals the wild and tumultuous history of the land art movement.

PEAK

Dir: Hannes Lang

Skiing. One of the most popular leisure activities in the winter: perfect powder snow, mountains, fresh air and après ski. Over the course of one year Peak follows the building and production processes around winter tourism...

TPE-TICS + Director Q&A

Dir: Jessica Lin Wan-Yu

“Why do I stand on the stage like this? Because I am a mental disorder of the 20th century,” declares eccentric musician Huang Dawang, also a noise performer, a music aficionado and a member of the music label, Kandala Records; 

THE SEVENTH FIRE

Dir: Jack Pettibone Riccobono

Presented by Terence Malick, this new doc explores the Native American gang crisis in Minnesota. A haunting, visually arresting portrait capturing the Ojibwe community's cultural heritage coming apart at the seams.

NO LAND'S SONG

Dir: Ayat Najafi

The Islamic revolution of 1979 banned female singers from appearing in public in Iran, stopping them from performing solo, unless to an exclusively female audience. Determined to fight back against the cruel ban, Sara Najafi plans...

MR GAGA

Dir: Tomer Heymann

Ohad Naharin, artistic director of the Batsheva Dance Company, is regarded as one of the most important choreographers in the world. Meeting him at a critical turning point in his personal life...

1916 THE IRISH REBELLION

Dir: Pat Collins & Ruan Magan

Screening on the centenary of the first day of the 1916 Rising, this landmark documentary tells the dramatic story of the events that took place in Dublin during Easter Week 1916, when a small group of Irish rebels took on the might of the British Empire. 

MOTLEY'S LAW

Dir: Nicole Horanyi

Kimberley Motley is the only foreign lawyer, not to mention the only woman, working in Afghanistan’s corrupt, complicated legal system. For over five years, human rights cases and troubled expats motivated her to stay, but time is running out.

HITCHCOCK/TRUFFAUT

Dir: Kent Jones

In 1962 Hitchcock and Truffaut locked themselves away in Hollywood for a week to excavate the secrets behind the mise-en-scène in cinema. Based on the original recordings of this meeting this film illustrates the greatest cinema lesson of all time.

THE PROPAGANDA GAME

Dir: Álvaro Longoria

The secretive communist state of North Korea is at the centre of a propaganda war. With remarkable access, director Álvaro Longoria attempts to get to the bottom of what's actually happening inside the country and separate truth from fiction.

MERU

Dir: Jimmy Chin & Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi

After suffering a series of dramatic setbacks in their lives, three close friends and professional climbers confront their complicated pasts, inner demons and nature’s harshest elements in an attempt to conquer the Mount Meru.

MAVIS!

Dir: Jessica Edwards

Gospel / soul music legend and civil rights icon Mavis Staples has been thrilling her fans for over 60 years, performing with her family as The Staple Singers, and later as a solo artist. Mavis! tells her story and captures her irrepressible zest for music, performing and life. 

HOMME LESS

Dir: Thomas Wirthensohn

By day Mark seems to live the glamorous New York lifestyle that many would envy. Handsome and always impeccably dressed, the charismatic former male model works as a fashion photographer, appears in movies and attends the best parties...

LAND GRABBING

Dir: Kurt Langbein

The world’s farmland is at risk. Ever since agriculture started becoming an attractive investment, local farmers all over the world have been losing ground to international businesses. It’s a phenomenon with far-reaching...

BOLSHOI BABYLON

Dir: Nick Read & Mark Franchetti

A behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of the world-famous Bolshoi Ballet. Filmed in the wake of the acid attack on artistic director Sergei Filin, Bolshoi Babylon intimately captures the rivalry and artistry that underpin the company.

SHERPA

Dir: Jennifer Peedom

In April last year, a 14 million ton block of ice killed 16 Sherpas in the worst tragedy ever on Everest. The disaster provoked a drastic reappraisal about the role of Sherpas on the mountain. This film tells their story for the first time.

BOLSHOI BABYLON + Live Q&A

Dir: Nick Read & Mark Franchetti

A behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of the world-famous Bolshoi Ballet. Filmed in the wake of the acid attack on artistic director Sergei Filin, Bolshoi Babylon intimately captures the rivalry and artistry that underpin the company.