Inside a sprawling textile factory, Machines observes the lives of workers consumed by monotonous manual labour in degrading conditions. The film weaves an evocative and relentless portrait of inequality, oppression and the huge divide between rich and poor.
Urban Lab Films present the award-winning Cities of Sleep, a documentary displaying the tremendous social and political pressure that sleep exerts on the homeless in Delhi, where securing a safe sleeping spot can often become a question of life and death.
Exposing how the internet is being controlled and manipulated by governments in order to censor and monitor their citizens, Black Code examines the complex global impact that the internet has had on matters of free speech, privacy and activism.
Sung-Hyung Cho is the first South Korean filmmaker to gain access to North Korea. Setting aside her pre-conceptions of her neighbours to the North, she explores the reality of daily life under the totalitarian regime.
Migrant farmer Chen Jun moved his family from rural Hebei Province to Beijing, making a living by farming a leased plot of land. In 2010, the ruthless expansion of Beijing reached Chen Jun's threshold when his landlord demanded their plot back in order to build on the land.
Twenty-five years after the verdict in the Rodney King trial sparked several days of protests, violence and looting in Los Angeles, new feature documentary LA 92 immerses viewers in that tumultuous period through stunning and rarely seen archival footage.
After 20 years of media speculation and public hysteria, the unsolved death of six-year-old American beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey remains one of the world’s most sensational child murder cases. Casting JonBenet is a genre-defying exploration of the macabre and complicated legacy of this tiny starlet.
When their local pub was sold to property developers as part of the ongoing gentrification of South London, a community group came together to take back the space. Public House weaves together their voices through dance, poetry and song to embody their resistance.
Directed by Academy Award-nominated Steve Cantor, Dancer offers a uniquely personal portrait of a most singular man and dancer. Blessed with astonishing power and poise, Sergei Polunin took the dance world by storm and became the Royal Ballet’s youngest ever principal.
The extraordinary story of a Palestinian village's resistance to encroaching Israeli settlements is brought to life powerfully, eloquently and personally, through the footage from Emad Burnat's five bullet-ridden and broken cameras...
"Some of the most beautiful cinematography to ever be seen in a documentary. Pure poetry." - Digital Journal
"God Knows Where I Am is one of those rare, beautiful films that has the courage to dwell in its own sadness. This is the kind of documentary that inspires." - Missoula Independent
A look at the legacy of maverick American journalist I.F. Stone, whose one-man crusade against government deception lives on in the work of such contemporary filmmakers and journalists as Laura Poitras, Glenn Greenwald and Michael Moore.
Heart surgeon turned comedian Bassem Youssef became known as the "Egyptian Jon Stewart" after his satirical TV show became a nationwide hit. At great personal risk, Youssef took on successive oppressive regimes during the turbulent Arab Spring.
Malian refugee Abou and his friends stand on a sparse Moroccan hillside looking out at the tiny Spanish enclave of Melilla. All that stands between them and Europe are three towering fences.
Drawing on the collections of major Russian institutions, contributions from contemporary artists, and personal testimony from the descendants of those involved, Margy Kinmonth’s Revolution brings the artists of the Russian Avant-Garde to life.
Coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the WWII bombing of Nagasaki, here is the almost unbelievable tale of a young man who survived some of the most harrowing episodes of World War II (including the atomic bombing of Nagasaki)...
This must-be-seen short film event is presented by Doc Heads, in association with Film London, Film Hub London and BFI Film Audience Network. Doc Heads believes that shortform is the future and this new programme premieres films from some of the most exciting filmmakers of the moment.
In this engrossing debut, director Ziga Virc blurs the lines between fact and fiction to explore the myths behind the space race and a supposed multi-billion-dollar deal involving America’s purchase of Yugoslavia’s space program in the early 1960s.
When Pamela Yates made her first documentary, When the Mountains Tremble (1982), she could not have imagined that 30 years later it would be used as forensic evidence in the trial against Guatemalan ex-dictator Efraín Ríos Montt.
In 1982, Pamela Yates was a novice documentary maker setting out to tell the story of the oppression of the indigenous people of Guatemala. She could not have imagined that thirty years later this extraordinary film would become part of the trial that indicted Guatemalan dictator Ríos Montt.
Filmmaker Danae Elon began to film her young sons the moment she and her partner Philip decided to leave New York and return to Jerusalem. The decision was prompted by the death of her father, leading Israeli intellectual and critic Amos Elon...
He was football’s first rock and roll star – a handsome, charismatic Belfast boy who could thrill and excite the crowds with every turn of the ball. But George Best was also the lead in his own Shakespearean tragedy, a flawed genius, brought down by drink, temptation and depression.
Tickets now on sale for our live satellite event of the UK premiere of Dancer, followed by a Q&A and live performance by Sergei Polunin.
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.
In Glasgow in the mid-1990s, flourishing indie-rock band The Delgados established cult record label Chemikal Underground, heralding a renaissance of independent music in the city that would bring the likes of Mogwai, Arab Strap and Franz Ferdinand to the world.
Critically acclaimed filmmaker Vitaly Mansky’s intimate new documentary finds him crisscrossing Ukraine in the wake of the Maidan uprising, which has left his relatives scattered on both sides of a highly charged and dizzyingly complex political situation.
Danny Says is a documentary on the life and times of Danny Fields. Since 1966, Danny Fields has played a pivotal role in music and “culture” of the late 20th century: working for the Doors, Lou Reed, Nico, Judy Collins and managing groundbreaking artists like the Stooges, the MC5 and the Ramones.
A chilling nightmare plays out at a Titan II missile complex in Arkansas in September 1980. A worker accidentally drops a socket, puncturing the fuel tank of an intercontinental ballistic missile carrying the most powerful nuclear warhead...
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.
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...
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...