This is the unknown story of a century of Arab feminism. Filmed in Morocco, Egypt, Algeria and Tunisia and featuring previously unreleased archives and exclusive interviews with activists...
An exploration of memory and belonging told through the story of Istanbul’s community of street dogs supported by readings from John Berger.
A portrait of the working class musicians and dancers of Buenos Aires’ San Telmo neighbourhood, who have channelled the city’s many cultural influences into the street performance called Murga.
Ben Hopkin’s latest film is a celebration of the Istanbul he once knew but is now disappearing. Commissioned to create a conventional doc of the city, Hopkins quickly finds himself drawn into its dark past.
Presented by Marc Isaacs. How do you make a film when your government has imposed a 20 year directing ban on you? This clandestine documentary is Iranian director Jafar Panahi’s brilliant and brave answer – filmed whilst under house arrest in Tehran
Presented by Sean McAllister. The story of a Palestinian village's resistance to encroaching Israeli settlements is brought to life through footage from Emad Burnat's five bullet-ridden and broken cameras.
Presented by Joan Churchill. Both a classic documentary and a vital pop-cultural artefact, D.A. Pennebaker's portrait of Bob Dylan captures the iconic singer-songwriter on the cusp of his transformation from folk prophet to rock trendsetter.
Presented by Brian Hill. Acclaimed filmmaker Kim Longinotto takes her camera inside an Iranian divorce court, providing a subtle and intimate look at the lives of women in a country stereotypically associated with fanaticism and oppression.
Presented by Andre Singer. The now legendary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman’s debut film, a stark and graphic portrayal of the conditions that existed at the State Prison for the Criminally Insane at Bridgewater, Massachusetts.
Presented by Sophie Fiennes. Beautifully shot in black and white, Belovy (The Belovs) tells the story of twice-widowed Anna Belova, who lives with her brother Mikhail. A mesmerising, tragic and raucous portrait of a Russian farming family.
Covering twenty-four hours in London during the Blitz, Fires Were Started is the story of a day in the life of the Auxiliary Fire Service. On the same day that a new recruit joins up, warning comes in that a heavy attack is expected that night.
Filmed during the US led assault on Fallujah, this film comprises of unique footage of the devastation and testimonies from those inside the besieged city, along with footage of injuries and civilians under fire. It provides a concise introduction to the historical roots of resistance to the occupying forces in the city and it conveys a real sense of what such attacks can do to a community.
Much of Eastern Europe has been devastated by the rapid transition from communism to capitalism. Fifteen years since independence from the USSR, the Ukraine - Europe's second largest country - is struggling to regain economic and social stability. One little-known consequence is the estimated 1,000,000 children now living homeless on Ukraine's streets.
Lakenheath tells the story of a god-fearing military family from Oklahoma who move to the largest US air base in England. A good family of strong faith and ideals, they are happy to find the base is an American island, buffeted against the outside world.
A Company of Soldiers follows the US Army's 8th Cavalry Regiment stationed in Baghdad for an up-close, intimate look at the dangers facing an American unit in Iraq. Shot during the month of Ramadan and the campaign for Fallujah, the film tracks the day-to-day challenges facing the 8th Cavalry's Dog Company as it suddenly has to cope with a dramatic increase in insurgent attacks.
The film interweaves the stories of four obsessive men, each driven to create eccentric worlds of their dreams, all involving animals: Dave Hoover, a lion tamer who idolizes the late Clyde Beatty, and who shares his theories on the mind of wild animals; George Mendonça, a topiary gardener who has devoted a lifetime to painstakingly shaping bears and giraffes out of hedges and trees; Ray Mendez, who is fascinated with hairless mole-rats, tiny buck-toothed mammals who behave like insects; and Rodney Brooks, an M.I.T. scientist who has designed complex, autonomous robots that can crawl like bugs without specific instructions from a human controller.
In 1947, Amos Vogel established a film club in New York called Cinema 16. He was determined to show there were alternatives to Hollywood. Its aim was to invigorate citizenship...
Fellini: I'm a Born Liar is a 2002 French documentary based on Federico Fellini's last confessions in Rome in 91 and 92, the film eschews straightforward biography to highlight the Italian director's unorthodox working methods, conscience, and philosophy.