OUR LAST TANGO

Dir: German Kral

Our Last Tango is the story of the two most famous dancers in tango’s history, María Nieves Rego and Juan Carlos Copes. Now in their 80’s, they open up about their tumultuous relationship and their undying passion for tango.

THE LURE

Dir: Tomas Leach

With the astonishing New Mexican Rocky Mountains as backdrop, we meet Forrest Fenn - an eccentric Air Force veteran and art dealer who decided to hide a treasure worth $3 million - and a series of fanatic treasure hunters lured in to the American West with the goal of decoding Fenn’s cryptic instructions. 

On the Line: THE IRON MINISTRY

Dir: J. P. Sniadecki

Filmed over three years on China’s railways, The Iron Ministry traces the vast interiors of a country on the move: flesh and metal, clangs and squeals, light and dark, language and gesture. Scores of rail journeys come together into one, capturing the thrills and anxieties of social and technological transformation.  

With the astonishing New Mexican Rocky Mountains as backdrop, we meet Forrest Fenn - an eccentric Air Force veteran and art dealer who decided to hide a treasure worth $3 million - and a series of fanatic treasure hunters lured in to the American West with the goal of decoding Fenn’s cryptic instructions. 

KEDI

Dir: Ceyda Torun

For thousands of years, cats have lived alongside humans in Istanbul becoming an essential part of the community. Captivating and joyous, Kedi explores the lives of seven street cats and their connection to the city and people of Istanbul. 

*QUEST

Dir: Jonathan Olshefski

Shot over a decade, this tender and moving film is a portrait of a family living in North Philadelphia. Set against the backdrop of a country now in turmoil, Quest is a profound testament to love, healing and hope.

STEP

Dir: Amanda Lipitz

An uplifting and vibrant film following an inner city Baltimore high school Step team. Under the guidance of their mothers and mentors, the ‘Lethal Ladies’ step team fight against the odds and use their dancing as a way to express themselves, unite their peers and keep chasing their dreams.

MOTHERLAND

Dir: Ramona S. Diaz

Motherland takes us into the heart of the world’s busiest maternity hospital in one of the most populous countries: The Philippines. An intimate and heart-warming vérité portrait of women taking the first steps on their journey of motherhood.

ICARUS

Dir: Bryan Fogel

A doping investigation leads to a global cat and mouse game when filmmaker and cyclist Bryan Fogel meets renegade Russian scientist Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov and triggers a huge international sports scandal.

Doc/Fest Presents: STEP

Dir: Amanda Lipitz

An uplifting and vibrant film following an inner city Baltimore high school Step team. Under the guidance of their mothers and mentors, the ‘Lethal Ladies’ step team fight against the odds and use their dancing as a way to express themselves, unite their peers and keep chasing their dreams.

RISK

Dir: Laura Poitras

Filmmaker Laura Poitras spent six years filming controversial Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and with unprecedented access captured this explosive and nuanced story of principles, power and human contradiction.

DISTURBING THE PEACE

Dir: Stephen Apkon & Andrew Young

Following activist group The Combatants for Peace, Disturbing the Peace tells the story of former enemies from both sides of the Israel-Palestine conflict who have joined together to work towards a resolution and to stand up for what they believe in.

KIKI

Dir: Sara Jordenö

Twenty-Five years after Paris is Burning, this film dives back into the fierce world of voguing battles in the Kiki scene of New York City, where competition between Houses demands leadership, painstaking practice, and performances on point.

IN SPRING + Q&A

Dir: Mikhail Kaufman

Recently restored by the Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Film Centre, In Spring is a masterpiece of Ukrainian avant-garde cinema. Mikhail Kaufman’s 1929 visionary cinematic essay pushes the boundaries of Revolutionary filmmaking.

Nick Broomfield: SOLDIER GIRLS

Dir: Nick Broomfield & Joan Churchill

Soldier Girls follows a platoon of women undergoing basic training at Fort Worth, Georgia. The women have all joined for different reasons and while some are dedicated to defending their country, others seem to have had no other option. 

MACHINES

Dir: Rahul Jain

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. 

BLACK CODE

Dir: Nicholas de Pencier

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.

CITIES OF SLEEP + Q&A

Dir: Shaunak Sen

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.

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. 

LA 92 + Panel Discussion

Dir: Dan Lindsay & TJ Martin

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. 

CASTING JONBENET

Dir: Kitty Green

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.

PUBLIC HOUSE + DIR. Q&A

Dir: Sarah Turner

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.

DANCER

Dir: Steven Cantor

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.

5 BROKEN CAMERAS + PANEL

Dir: Emad Burnat & Guy Davidi

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...

GOD KNOWS WHERE I AM

Dir: Todd Wider & Jedd Wider

"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

ALL GOVERNMENTS LIE

Dir: Fred Peabody

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. 

ALL THIS PANIC

Dir: Jenny Gage

★★★★ "Astonishing"  - The Guardian

★★★★★ "A considerably more complex, compassionate depiction of the transition into adulthood than is provided in most films, whether fiction or documentary"  - The Skinny

GLEASON

Dir: Clay Tweel

At the age of 34, former NFL star Steve Gleason was diagnosed with ALS and given a life expectancy of two to five years. Weeks later, he learns that his wife, Michel, is pregnant with their first child.

A DOCTOR'S SWORD + Q&A

Dir: Gary Lennon

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.

Resistance Saga: WHEN THE MOUNTAINS TREMBLE

Dir: Pamela Yates & Newton Thomas Sigel

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.

P.S. JERUSALEM

Dir: Danae Elon

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...

JUNUN

Dir: Paul Thomas Anderson

Spring 2015, the Maharaja of Jodhpur, India hosts Shye Ben Tzur, ‎Jonny Greenwood, Nigel Godrich, Paul Thomas Anderson and a dozen Indian musicians. The team assembles a makeshift studio at the Maharaja's Fort...

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.

LOVETRUE

Dir: Alma Har'el

Acclaimed director Alma Har’el (Bombay Beach) offers a unique exploration of the challenges that love can present and how our past and present experiences shape the decisions we make when the fantasy of True Love dissipates.

OSCARS SHORTS

Dir: Multiple

Join us for this special showcase of the 2017 Oscars Best Documentary (Short Subject) nominees. A diverse selection of eye-opening short films from around the world, which will be competing for this year’s award.

CLOSE RELATIONS (RODNYE)

Dir: Vitaly Mansky

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

Dir: Brendan Toller

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. 

COMMAND AND CONTROL

Dir: Robert Kenner

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...

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. 

HOOLIGAN SPARROW + Q&A

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...