When trains were first introduced to Thailand in the 1890’s, they were seen as a step towards progress and prosperity but instead, the train system remained frozen in time due to corruption and inefficient management.
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.
The mining town of Norilsk sits in the heart of the Siberian Arctic, huddled behind its wind walls and bathed in the billowing smoke and sulphur of its mills and factories. Originally built by Gulag prisoners under Stalin...
Vitaly Mansky embarks on a journey to track down his old school friends and fellow Young Pioneers with whom, as a child growing up in Lvov, Ukraine, he pledged allegiance to the Soviet motherland and the principles of communism.
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.
All That Passes by Through a Window That Doesn’t Open captures the laying of the tracks with breath-taking imagery as across the closed borders of Eurasia, men wait and dream, trying to suppress regret and fear by connecting with one another and the dreams of a better future.
Exploring the collective life of the generation born as Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space, Mansky worked with over 5000 hours of home movies to create this unique chronicle of everyday life in the Soviet Union.
Roundabout in My Head looks inside the oldest slaughterhouse in Central Algiers. The backdrop of well-worn surfaces and a palette of bloody reds speaks to the building’s function, but it is the lives of the men who work here that take...
When John Hull became totally blind after years of steady deterioration, he began to keep audio diaries of his experience capturing a remarkable insight into blindness, loss, frustration, identity and love...
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.
A creative journey into the mind and motivation of an enigma. Making use of an archive of audio tapes, Brando’s own voice leads us through his life story, guiding us into the padlocked recesses of his own memory, and through the story of his life.
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.
Director Abner Benaim's ambitious project to recreate the 1989 invasion of Panama through personal recounts and fictionalised reconstructions confronts the reliability of non-fiction filmmaking as well as questioning human remembrance and the collective memory of a country.
An autobiographical portrait of a 40-year-old artist living with schizophrenia, who under the guidance of co-director Damir Čučić undergoes several years of “film therapy”.
Throughout Richard Nixon's presidency, three of his top White House aides documented their experiences with Super 8 cameras. Using this treasure trove of material, director Penny Lane has created an extraordinary record of the Nixon era.
Outside the Law tells the story of Guantánamo Bay Detention center, looking at how the Bush administration turned its back on domestic and international laws, how prisoners were rounded up in Afghanistan and Pakistan without adequate screening, and why some of these men may have been in Afghanistan or Pakistan for reasons unconnected with militancy or terrorism.
Chinese orphans struggle to learn the ancient Uighur tradition of tightrope walking in this extraordinary story. Filmmaker Petr Lom gained unprecedented access to the Uighur people, China's largest Muslim minority, to tell this story of triumph over adversity.
One year on to the day from the beginning of the devastating US assault on the Iraqi city of Falluja, an assault that saw hundreds killed, tens of thousands displaced and the majority of the city destroyed, this special screening and discussion considers the political implications of such strategies.
Old Believers documents a strongly religious community where time seems to stand still, but does it? During the 17th century, Russian immigrants of a minority faith settled in a remote area of Romania's Danube Delta, allowing them to preserve their original language and beliefs, but yet the people enjoy modern conveniences.
Ou Dede and His Daughters takes the viewer to a China few have seen before - centuries away from the bright neon lights of Shanghai and Beijing. Ou Dede is the village musician and repository of his tribe's culture. With a tradition of passing songs and dances down from father to son, Ou Dede is faced with a dilemma - his three offspring are all female. With the local government deciding that the preservation of traditional Chinese cultures should now be a priority, Ou Dede is faced with either passing his knowledge on to one of his girls or to another boy in the village. This huge cultural crisis facing Ou Dede forms the backbone of this engrossing anthropological study. Who will he choose and what will be the consequences?