STEP

Dir: Amanda Lipitz

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.

SONITA

Dir: Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami

Sonita Alizadeh, a strong-willed teenager who idolises Rihanna and Michael Jackson, is an aspiring rapper, in spite of all the obstacles she confronts in Iran and from her conservative Afghan family. She is an undocumented Afghan refugee in Tehran, and her family has other plans for her.

SHADOW WORLD

Dir: Johan Grimonprez

Directed by Johan Grimonprez and based on Andrew Feinstein's globally acclaimed book The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade, this explosive new film reveals the murky world of international arms trade. 

SHERPA

Dir: Jennifer Peedom

In April last year, a 14 million ton block of ice killed 16 Sherpas in the worst tragedy ever on Everest. The disaster provoked a drastic reappraisal about the role of Sherpas on the mountain. This film tells their story for the first time.

SHERPA + Q&A

Dir: Jennifer Peedom

In April last year, a 14 million ton block of ice killed 16 Sherpas in the worst tragedy ever on Everest. The disaster provoked a drastic reappraisal about the role of Sherpas on the mountain. This film tells their story for the first time.

STAR*MEN

Dir: Alison Rose

Four astronomers celebrate 50 years of work and friendship on a return road trip in the US. The journey provokes reflection on their work, life and contribution to the most exciting period in astronomy's history.

STREAM OF LOVE

Dir: Ágnes Sós

Love and desire fill the minds of the inhabitants of a rural village in Transylvania. In Ágnes Sós' festival favourite Stream of Love the elderly men and women of the village speak frankly about sex, love and everything in-between. 

Searching For Sugar Man

Dir: Malik Bendjelloul

Rodriguez was the greatest 70s US rock icon who never was. Momentarily hailed as the finest recording artist of his generation, he disappeared into oblivion – rising again from the ashes in a completely different context. An extraordinary film about hope, inspiration and the resonating power of music.

STATE BUILDERS + Q&A

Dir: Florence Martin-Kessler & Anne Poiret

Starting on the day of its independence, filmmakers Florence Martin-Kessler and Anne Poiret chronicle the first year of South Sudan's independence, in which the first foundations of this fledgling democracy are laid.

SALMA + Editor Q&A

Dir: Kim Longinotto

When Salma was 13, her parents took her out of school and locked her away in a room with a single window. After 9 years she gave in to pressure to agree to an arranged marriage. Following Salma on a trip back to her village...

Side by Side

Dir: Christopher Kenneally

Presented and co-produced by Keanu Reaves, the film looks at the past and into the future of filmmaking and explores the digital medium and its impact on the industry with interviews with Hollywood luminaries such as Martin Scorsese, David Lynch and Steven Soderberg.

SOLAR MAMAS

Dir: Mona Eldaief & Jehane Noujaim

Solar Mamas follows Rafea and a hand-picked group of other illiterate mothers and grandmothers from around the world as they learn about electrical components and soldering without being able to read, write or understand English.

SWEETGRASS

Dir: Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Ilisa Barbash

An unsentimental elegy to the American West. The film follows the last modern-day cowboys leading their sheep up into Montana's Absaroka-Beartooth Mountain for summer pasture.

SHELTER IN PLACE

Dir: Zed Nelson

Portraits of the vast, sprawling complexes of oil refineries and petro-chemical plants that help make the Texan economy one of the biggest in the world. But does the wealth come at too high a price to the local community?

A decade on and filmmaker Jez Lewis also returns to his hometown in Yorkshire, Hebden Bridge, and a real-life drama about why his childhood friends are killing themselves. Beginning with a personal quest for understanding, the film moves into a year-long exploration of the problems his friends face and find impossible to overcome.

50 years after Europe warred on the battlefield its competitive spirit is now satisfied with singing contests. Funny and moving in equal measure Sounds Like Teen Spirit tells the story of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest where pint sized talents from Sweden to Ukraine sing their 10-15 year old hearts out.

SERBIAN EPICS + Dir. Q&A

Dir: Pawel Pawlikowski

Pawel's highly original and most formally constructed film "Serbian Epics" (1992) was made at the height of the Bosnian war, using the siege of Sarayevo as its central image. It includes close up footage of Bosnian Serb politician Radovan Karadzic and General Ratko Mladic, both later wanted by the international court of justice for war crimes. 

STREET FIGHT

Dir: Marshall Curry

An extraordinary, multi award-winning film which captures the 'no-holds barred' battle to be the next mayor of New Jersey. It's a David and Goliath story that sheds light on issues of poverty, race and democracy in America.

STREET FIGHT

Dir: Marshall Curry

An extraordinary, multi award-winning film which captures the 'no-holds barred' battle to be the next mayor of New Jersey. It's a David and Goliath story that sheds light on issues of poverty, race and democracy in America.

STALIN'S SKYSCRAPER (UK PREMIERE)

Dir: Pavel Lounguine

The Moscow skyscraper was Stalin's pet project, envisioned in the spirit of a Communist utopia but in reality built by prisoners of war and Gulag detainees to house KGB agents and the Moscow Intelligentsia. Shot in the ghostly corridors, and told through the stories of the residents, this is an ironic, off-beat portrait of modern-day Russia.

 

SALESMAN

Dir:  Albert Maysles & David Maysles & Charlotte Zwerin

A landmark American documentary, Salesman captures in vivid detail the bygone era of the door-to-door salesman. While laboring to sell a gold-embossed version of the Good Book, Paul Brennan and his colleagues target the beleaguered masses—then face the demands of quotas and the frustrations of life on the road. Following Brennan on his daily rounds, the Maysles discover a real-life Willy Loman, walking the line from hype to despair.

SALTMEN OF TIBET

Dir: Ulrike Koch

The Saltmen of Tibet is an award-winning 1997 film that chronicles the trek undertaken by a clan of Tibetan salt harvesters across scenic but dangerous territory from their settlement to the sacred lakes where salt is harvested.

SUITS AND SAVAGES

Dir: Zoe Young & Dylan Howitt

This film travels between one remote tribe in India and another, far more powerful, in Washington DC, to uncover a story of misunderstanding and bureaucratic arrogance that achieves the opposite of the World Bank's GEF paper promise.

SURPLUS

Dir: Erik Gandini

Surplus explores the destructive nature of consumer culture. Against a backdrop of cynical world leaders, corporate captains and Microsoft fanatics the film puts the controversial anti-globalisation guru John Zerzan, whose call for property damage has inspired many to take to the streets. An intense visual odyssey filmed over three years in eight countries, finding links between the explosive anti-globalisation riots of Genoa, $7000 sex dolls to George W's infamous "just keep shopping" speech. Twenty per cent of the world is gobbling up 80% of its resources. The stunning editing and cinematography turns the statistics into an unforgettable emotional experience.

SHTO NOVOVO: AN ELEGY FOR THE UNION

Dir: George Fitzherbert

The winds of change blow through a remote community living in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan. This beautifully observed film looks at life since the Russians have left the country, and the once modest rural economy is now steered towards market capitalism. However while the rural areas suffer from the loss of subsidies, the fortune of those living in the city is very different. Market forces have also brought change there, but mostly for the better. The film offers unique insight into this universal dilemma.

SHTO NOVOVO: AN ELEGY FOR THE UNION

Dir: George Fitzherbert

The winds of change blow through a remote community living in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan. This beautifully observed film looks at life since the Russians have left the country, and the once modest rural economy is now steered towards market capitalism. However while the rural areas suffer from the loss of subsidies, the fortune of those living in the city is very different. Market forces have also brought change there, but mostly for the better. The film offers unique insight into this universal dilemma.

SHATTERED DREAMS OF PEACE

Dir: Dan Setton & Tor Ben-Mayor

In the summer of 2000, Israeli and Palestinian negotiators were on the brink of reaching a peace agreement. After years of negotiation, both sides seemed ready to move forward. Never before had the dream of peace seemed so close...

SHIPYARDS LAMENT

Dir: Andrew Connors

The Shipyards was a riverside squatters community in downtown Whitehorse that symbolized the Old Yukon lifestyle. Shipyards Lament follows the forced eviction of the residents of this neighbourhood, the last of its kind in urban Canada.

STEALING THE FIRE

Dir: John Friedman & Eric Nadler

An investigation into the 60-year history of a German multinational corporation that directly profited from the Holocaust, and in recent decades became a leading supplier of nuclear weapons technology to developing nations.