Dir: Johan Grimonprez

Two perspectives on the global arms trade from experts at different ends of the spectrum – a former war correspondent and an arms trade dealer. Through archive footage and close-up interviews, Johan Grimonprez’ follow up to Shadow World is a thoughtful and at times shocking provocation of the devastating effects of war.


Dir: Ross Whitaker

The immense beauty of Ireland’s west coast forms the striking backdrop to this year-in-the-life of seaside surf town Lahinch. Filmed with deep affection for the town, Ross Whitaker’s portrait of the community is an uplifting testament to the awesome draw of the surf.


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.

Best of 2016: SHADOW WORLD

Dir: Johan Grimonprez

Stitching together archive footage of historical events, recent interviews with political experts and an eerily nostalgic soundtrack, Shadow World is the masterful documentary from Johan Grimonprez that exposes the depths of corruption within the global arms trade.


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.


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.


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.


Dir: Robert Gordon & Morgan Neville

In the summer of 1968, television news changed forever. Best of Enemies is a behind-the-scenes account of the explosive televised debates between two towering public intellectuals: Liberal Gore Vidal and rightwinger William F. Buckley Jr. 


Dir: Hernan Zin

What’s it like to grow up in a war zone? In 2014 the siege on Gaza left 507 children dead and over 3,000 wounded. This extraordinary new film follows the lives of ten children living in the region, examining its physical and psychological effects.


Dir: Mads Brügger

A strange, enigmatic and decadent white diplomat arrives in central Africa. Officially he is there to start a factory that produces matches – this, to employ locals and teach how to make this simple piece of fire-making equipment. Unofficially he is really there to gain access to vast reserves of diamonds.


Dir: Jessica Yu

Director Jessica Yu presents a powerful argument for why the global water crisis will be the central issue facing our world this century. Last Call at the Oasis exposes the neglected problem of impending global water shortage, and features those who fight for the countless American residents who suffer from water pollution, including activist Erin Brockovich. With shocking facts from distinguished experts, the film is an urgent wake-up call.


Dir: Kim Longinotto

'A girl's life is cruel...A woman's life is very cruel', notes the formidable Sampat Pal Devi, leader of the Pink Sari-wearing Gulabi Gang. From highly-acclaimed director Kim Longinotto, Pink Saris is a finely-crafted and classically observational documentary, partraying a complex figure with honesty and empathy, and giving a window onto the reality for many women in Northern India.

Amid the global coverage of uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and Syria, protests in the island kingdom of Bahrain went largely ignored. Shot undercover in Bahrain over the course of three months, Bahrain: Shouting in the Dark follows the saga of the Arab revolution that was abandoned by the Arabs, forsaken by the West and forgotten by the world.


Dir: Ken Burns & David McMahon & Sarah Burns

In April 1989, five black and Hispanic teenagers from Harlem were arrested for the brutal assault and rape of a white woman in Central Park. After hours of intense interrogations, the youths confessed and were sentenced to long prison terms.


Dir: Gabriela Cowperthwaite

A mesmerizing psychological thriller with a killer whale at its centre, Blackfish is the first film since Grizzly Man to show how nature can get revenge on man when pushed to its limits.

Beware of Mr Baker

Dir: Jay Bulger

At home with rock 'n' roll monster Ginger Baker, Cream's legendary Scarlet-maned hell-raising drummer. This no-holds-barred, sad and hilarious portrait of the man referred to as rock's first great drummer lets him tell his own story, intercut with footage of his continent-hopping life.

Bill Cunningham New York

Dir: Richard Press

Bill Cunningham is a New York Times photographer now in his 80s. For decades this cultural anthropologist has been obsessively inventively chronicling fashion trends. A funny and poignant portrait of a dedicated artist whose only wealth is his own humanity and unassuming grace.

In 1958 fourteen-year-old Robert James 'Bobby' Fischer stunned the chess world by becoming the youngest Grand Master in history. Over the next twenty years he established himself through outward genius, charisma and dashing good looks, only to disappear at the apex of his powers

BUDRUS (Sneak Preview)

Dir: Julia Bacha

Ayed Morrar, an unlikely community organiser, unites Palestinians from all political factions and Israelis to save his village from destruction by Israel's Separation Barrier. Victory seems improbably until his fifteen-year-old daughter launches a women's contingent that quickly moves to the front lines.


Dir: Anders Østergaard

Acclaimed filmmaker, Anders Østergaard follows Burma's video journalists, who risk torture and life in jail by keeping the flow of news coming out of their closed country. Armed with small handycams, they smuggle out undercover reports, broadcast them back into Burma via satellite and offer them as free usage for international media.


Dir: Sarah Vanagt

April 2004 is the month of mourning in the new Rwandan calendar. While the country is commemorating the 10th anniversary of the genocide, children play games. Filmmaker Sarah Vanagt spent the Easter holiday in a 'children's republic', governed by genocide orphans and refugee children in the war-torn border zone between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. 


Dir: Hiba Bassem

Winner of the silver award at the Al Jazeera International Film Festival in Doha. Hiba Bassem, a young woman from Kirkuk, returns to Baghdad after the war, to finish her studies at the Academy of Fine Arts. The film is a diary of her year.


Dir: Andrew Berends

The story of one Iraqi family's struggle to cope after the killing of their eldest son by American Troops. The film is a moving portrait of one family's struggle to survive in the volatile world of post-war Iraq. More than this, the film demonstrates the dangerous ripples created in ordinary Iraqi citizens by the arbitrary violence resulting from US policing of this devastated city.


Dir: Daniela Zanzotto

At 37 Letizia, together with her 3 daughters, left a husband whom she had been married to since the age of 16 and became a journalist. She picked up a camera when she found that she could better sell her articles if they were accompanied by photographs. Battaglia paints a uniquely intimate portrait of this warrior of a woman. A story of passion, pain and the struggle for freedom.


Dir: Ross Kauffman & Zana Briski

In Calcutta's red light district appear a group of unforgettable children. Feisty, resilient and wickedly funny - they are the children of prostitutes. Trying to evade a doomed future, they embark on a transformational journey with New York based photographer Zana Briski, who teaches them photography. This humorous and heartfelt story portrays the power of art and the courage of those willing to change their own lives.


Dir: Olly Lambert

Nobody wants to be at the Battle Hospital. The giant tented camp close to the Iraqi border is run by Britain's Territorial Army, and was sent out in advance of the allied invasion of 2003 to provide crucial trauma care to coalition soldiers...


Dir: Sergei Dvortsevoy

Bread Day unflinchingly depicts a community of pensioners living in near isolation outside of St. Petersberg as it enacts the weekly ritual of bringing a delivery of bread—left at a rail junction two hours away—into the village for distribution.


Dir: Tamara Gordon

This is a film with a gripping personal narrative, with tears and triumph, with some humour as well as disappointment. And in the most painful and poignant way shows life in Cambodia today.