CHAVELA

Dir: Catherine Gund & Daresha Kyi

Chavela Vargas revolutionised music in Mexico with her openly queer lifestyle and hypnotic raspy voice singing music traditionally reserved for men. This epic film weaves tell the story of her fearless life, powerful music and passionate love affairs.

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. 

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.

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.

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...

CHEMSEX

Dir: Max Gogarty & William Fairman

This powerful film tells the stories of gay men whose lives have been affected by a rising phenomenon; Chemsex. Offering unprecedented access, this new doc is an unflinching journey into the dark underworld of modern, urban gay life.

CENSORED VOICES

Dir: Mor Loushy

One week after the 1967 ‘Six-Day War’, renowned author Amos Oz and editor Avraham Shapira recorded intimate conversations with soldiers returning from the battlefield. Fifty years later we observe the same men listening back to their harrowing confessions for the first time.

COUNTDOWN TO ZERO

Dir: Lucy Walker

Nuclear disarmament is a somewhat overlooked issue, since Gorbachev and Reagan failed to seal the deal in the 90s. The ticking time-bomb that looms almost forgotten by the world is revived by Lucy Walker. She defines the major danger that nuclear warheads constitute, from terrorism, miscalculation or accident and the 'Dr Strangelove' scenario.

CLIENT 9

Dir: Alex Gibney

Former New York Governor, Eliot Spitzer, rose to the top, fuelled by genius of ambition and then lost it all, seemingly in a blaze of bad behaviour. Incredible true story.

CATFISH

Dir: Ariel Schulman & Henry Joost

In 2007 the filmmakers sensed a story unfolding as they began to film the life of Ariel's brother, Nev. They had no idea that their project would lead to the most exhilarating and unsettling months of their lives.

CAPITALISM: A LOVE STORY

Dir: Michael Moore

Moore explores the issue he has been examining throughout his career: the disastrous impact of corporate dominance on the everyday lives of Americans and the rest of the world. It explores what price Americans pay for their love of capitalism.

CONFESSIONS OF A NAZI SPY

Dir: Anatole Litva

An anti-Nazi propaganda film from Warners where Robinson plays a G-Man ferreting out Nazi Fifth Columnists working in America. The film achieved great popular and critical success in America, but was banned in many Latin American and European countries.

CORRIDOR #8

Dir: Boris Despodov

In 1997 the EU launched Corridor # 8 – a massive project to build a road connecting the Black Sea to the Adriatic and the people of Bulgaria, Macedonia and Albania to each other for the first time. Ten years on, not much has happened, and the residents along the proposed route are not sure what to make of it – after all, who said they wanted to be connected up in the first place?

CAN TUNIS

Dir: José González Morandi & Paco Toledo

Can Tunis is a seedy suburb of Barcelona. The local authorities are determined to knock down the entire quarter, but the Gypsies who live there will not budge that easily - they demand alternative housing they can afford. 

CHECKPOINT

Dir: Yoav Shamir

Multi award-winning documentary conveying the grueling reality of Israeli occupation through a series of encounters between heavily armed Israeli soldiers and humiliated Palestinians, at military checkpoints. The impression is one if an endless situation, in which people on both sides are forced into positions that leave little room for human dignity.

CHRONICLE OF A SUMMER

Dir: Jean Rouch & Edgar Morin

Few films can claim as much influence on the course of cinema history as Chronicle of a Summer. The fascinating result of a collaboration between filmmaker-anthropologist Jean Rouch and sociologist Edgar Morin, this vanguard work of what Morin termed cinéma- vérité is a brilliantly conceived and realized sociopolitical diagnosis of the early sixties in France. 

CHOROPAMPA - THE PRICE OF GOLD

Dir: Ernesto Cabellos & Stephanie Boyd

The story of a Peruvian paradise lost after a devastating mercury spill at the Yanacocha mine. The environmental catastrophe turned Choropampa, a quiet village into a hotbed of civil resistance. The mine, partially owned by the World Bank, claim the problem was quickly resolved - the villagers tell a starkly different story.

CHASTIE

Dir: Sergei Dvortsevoy

An ethnographic poem about Kazakhstan, Chastie follows a nomadic shepherd's camp in Kazakhstan - and indifferently allows you to observe the rhythm of life on the grand, severe steppe. The film consists of thirty sequences that demonstrate that even the most elementary activities (eating, sleeping) can possess a great beauty, bliss and especially humour.

CHILDREN ONLY ONCE

Dir: Ditsi Carolino

A documentary about child labor in the Philippine provinces. The directors recorded small children working under excruciating conditions in slaughterhouses, sugarcane fields, and ship docks in order to add to their family income.