A plunge into one of the most prestigious film schools, La Fémis in Paris, as acclaimed filmmaker Claire Simon observes the rigorous and demanding application process for the students vying for a highly coveted place.
Documenting the incredible work of Partners in Health, Bending the Arc tells the story of a small group of doctors dedicated to their mission to make high-quality healthcare available to everyone, even in the world’s poorest countries.
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 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.
Director Raed Andoni seeks out former detainees of an infamous Israeli interrogation centre to construct a replica of the prison as the backdrop to a cathartic and challenging roleplay where the men re-enact their real-life experiences.
The Amazon pink river dolphin is being hunted to extinction, but two activists will do whatever it takes to protect the species. Complex and surprising, A River Below digs into the ethics of activism in the modern media age.
Filmmaker Steve James chronicles the legal battle fought by Abacus Federal Savings Bank of Chinatown, a small family run business which was also the only bank prosecuted in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Werner Herzog chronicles the virtual world from its origins to its outermost reaches.
"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.
With unprecedented access, filmmaker Andrew Rossi captures the collision of high fashion and celebrity at the Met Gala, one of the biggest global fashion events chaired every year by Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour.
On the eve of the release of her new album, internationally recognized soul singer Sharon Jones was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Tour dates were cancelled, the album pushed back and Sharon entered into a fight for her life and career.
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.
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.
“Hello, little bonehead. I’ll love you forever.” So begins Heart of a Dog, Laurie Anderson’s cinematic journey through love, death and language.
The first definitive portrait of the controversial American photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. A series of never before heard interviews reveal the intimate thoughts of an artist...
"Patricio Guzmán’s The Pearl Button elevates documentary to art." - Vogue
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.
We are delighted to announce British artist Jeremy Deller as the curator of our inaugural DocHost event. Jeremy has chosen Murray Lerner’s portrait of the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival.
An essential history of the Black Panther movement that paved the way for a new revolutionary culture in America. Stanley Nelson takes us through the groups turbulent life...
On November 23rd 2012 Jordan Davis and his friends pulled into a gas station. 3 ½ minutes later, ten shots rang out. 3 1⁄2 Minutes, Ten Bullets reconstructs what happened...
Comrades and lovers Amer and Raghda met in a Syrian prison cell 15 years ago. Maverick director Sean McAllister met the family in 2009, and over five years, charts their incredible odyssey to political freedom.
Directors Roger Graef and James Rogan follow the Monty Pythons as they prepare for their first live performances in over 30 years, through rehearsals and up to the big day.
For the last 40 years acclaimed photographer Sebastião Salgado has travelled the world, tracing the footsteps of an ever-changing humanity. His moving work and inspirational life are revealed to us in this new documentary.
Going Clear is a provocative tale of ego, exploitation and lust for power. Director Alex Gibney profiles eight former Scientology members, shining a light on how the church cultivates its true believers and detailing their experiences.
India’s Daughter investigates the story of the gang rape and murder of medical student Jyoti Singh and why it led to such widespread anger. Examining the values and mind-sets of the rapists as well as society in India more broadly.
The deeply disturbing story of 22 Uyghur men who escaped persecution in their homeland only to be sold, imprisoned and tortured at the hands of the Americans.
In Bacau, Romania, Georgiana Halmac will be 15 this winter and at this precarious age she must become the carer for her six siblings. Her stoicism and humour is a lesson in survival.
Director Madeleine Sackler goes behind the scenes with an acclaimed troupe of imaginative and subversive performers defying Europe's last remaining dictatorship.
Something doesn't add up for seasoned reporter Jeremy Scahill, when the scene of a supposed Taliban honour killing in the village of Khatabeh in Afghanistan starts to sound more like a botched (and covered up) US military night raid.
Maria and Angela run a local lottery office inherited from their parents. They are well known for their ability to attach numbers to anything, with the help of a revered book called The Grimace. Local murders, police raids, bizarre events, all have their number potential as Naples' citizens try to win their way out of poverty.
Qendresa is thirteen years old and back in Pristina, Kosovo. In 1999 she and her family escaped the war in the Balkans, heading for Sweden where they lived for over four years before being deported. Widmark and Johansson follow Qendresa and her family during their first year back in Kosovo as they struggle to re-adjust to life in a country they no longer know.
The exposure of another terrible human tragedy to which governments turned a blind eye, East Timor - a tiny country off the northern tip of Australia - is ruled by bloodshed and fear. More than 200,000 people were wiped out by neighbouring Indonesia. Since East Timor's liberation in 1999, this film's contribution has been recognised worldwide.
Both a classic documentary and a vital pop-cultural artifact, D.A. Pennebaker's portrait of Bob Dylan captures the seminal singer-songwriter on the cusp of his transformation from folk prophet to rock trendsetter. Shot during Dylan's 1965 British concert tour, Pennebaker employs an edgy vérité style. His incredible access to the legendarily private star enables us to witness Dylan's shifting moods as he performs, relaxes with his entourage and jousts with fans, press and fellow musicians. It's a measurement of the filmmaker's acuity that the conversations are often as gripping as Dylan's solo performances. A rare and timeless classic.
Motor City was built upon the social concept of 'Fordism'. Through interviews and photographs as well as a remarkable variety of archive footage - Ford plants, mass protests of the Depression years, Diego Rivera painting his famous mural 'Detroit Industry', the struggle for trade union rights, the riots of 1943 and 1967 - this film traces the company's ideological roots and the effect of its ruthless progress on the city.
A hit of the festivals, DIG! was shot over seven years and follows the lead singers of the Dandy Warhols and The Brian Jones Massacre; star crossed friends and bitter rivals. From the moment they met, the two bands quickly bonded over their refusal to conform to the tastes of the recording industry. Yet the bands' choices over how to express their creativity and originality in a profit-driven industry eventually put them at irreconcilable odds.
Lucy Neiland travels to Kansas and stops at a motel called Dreamland, known for Tim McVay's Oklahoma bombing resident. It is also near Fort Riley where soldiers get ready to be shipped to Iraq. Neiland questions residents about what brought them there and what they think the future holds after 9/11.