OSCARS SHORTS

Dir: Multiple

Join us for this special showcase of the 2017 Oscars Best Documentary (Short Subject) nominees. A diverse selection of eye-opening short films from around the world, which will be competing for this year’s award.

OCDF: ROUNDABOUT IN MY HEAD

Dir: Hassen Ferhani

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... 

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.

ONE MILE AWAY + Q&A

Dir: Penny Woolcock

Penny Woolcock's compelling documentary uses footage shot during the summer riots, interviews and hip-hop performances to weave together the fascinating story of two opposing gang members' struggles to call a truce.

OUTSIDE THE LAW: STORIES FROM GUANTANAMO + Dirs. Q&A

Dir: Polly Nash & Andy Worthington

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.

ON A TIGHTROPE

Dir: Petr Lom

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.

OCCUPATION: DREAMLAND

Dir: Garrett Scott & Ian Olds

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

Dir: Jana Ševcíková

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

Dir: Wang Qinze

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?