TROPHY

Dir: Shaul Schwarz & Christina Clusiau

As endangered African species like elephants, rhinos and lions march closer to extinction each year, Trophy delves into the powerhouse industries of big-game hunting, breeding and wildlife conservation.

THE LAST ANIMALS

Dir: Kate Brooks

Conflict photographer Kate Brooks turns her lens from the war zones she is used to covering to a new kind of genocide - the killing of African Elephants and Rhinos - in this sweeping and sobering expose of an underreported crisis.

THE LURE

Dir: Tomas Leach

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. 

THE EAGLE HUNTRESS

Dir: Otto Bell

The Eagle Huntress follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old girl, as she trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter, and rises to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been handed down from father to son for centuries.

THE IVORY GAME

Dir: Kief Davidson & Richard Ladkani

The Ivory Game exposes the dark world of ivory trafficking from the planes of Africa to the streets of China. By working with undercover intelligence organizations, activists, frontline rangers and conservationists to infiltrate the corrupt global network of ivory trafficking, the film inspires both outrage and hope. 

TICKLED

Dir: David Farrier & Dylan Reeve

Journalist David Farrier stumbles upon a mysterious tickling competition online. As he delves deeper he comes up against fierce resistance, but that doesn’t stop him getting to the bottom of a story stranger than fiction.

Music is the beating heart of Malian culture. But when Islamic hardliners took control of northern Mali in 2012, they enforced one of the harshest interpretations of sharia law in history and banned all forms of music. Radio stations were destroyed, instruments burned and Mali’s musicians faced torture and death. 

THE CONFESSION

Dir: Ashish Ghadiali

From supporting the Bosnian Mujahideen to being imprisoned in Bagram and Guantanamo, from the rebel training camps in Syria to the prison cells of Belmarsh in Britain, Begg has witnessed a generation of conflict...

THE HARD STOP

Dir: George Amponsah

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.

TROUBLEMAKERS

Dir: James Crump

Troublemakers unearths the history of a cadre of renegade New York artists who transcended the gallery setting by producing earthworks on a monumental scale. This film reveals the wild and tumultuous history of the land art movement.

TPE-TICS + Director Q&A

Dir: Jessica Lin Wan-Yu

“Why do I stand on the stage like this? Because I am a mental disorder of the 20th century,” declares eccentric musician Huang Dawang, also a noise performer, a music aficionado and a member of the music label, Kandala Records; 

THE SEVENTH FIRE

Dir: Jack Pettibone Riccobono

Presented by Terence Malick, this new doc explores the Native American gang crisis in Minnesota. A haunting, visually arresting portrait capturing the Ojibwe community's cultural heritage coming apart at the seams.

THE PROPAGANDA GAME

Dir: Álvaro Longoria

The secretive communist state of North Korea is at the centre of a propaganda war. With remarkable access, director Álvaro Longoria attempts to get to the bottom of what's actually happening inside the country and separate truth from fiction.

In 1972, athletes from around the globe gathered in Munich, Germany for the Olympic Games. However, the Olympic spirit of brotherhood and peaceful competition was shattered when eight Palestinian terrorists invaded the athletes' quarters to take the Israeli team hostage while the world looked on, incredulous. Using extraordinary archive footage including the only surviving member of the Black September group, the film tells the dramatic story of what happened during those 21 hours in Munich.

 

THE NIGHTMARE

Dir: Rodney Ascher

Rodney Ascher (ROOM 237) meets eight sufferers of sleep paralysis and discovers the terror that awaits them when they fall asleep each night. Using dramatic reconstructions, compelling first-hand accounts and slick cinematic trickery, The Nightmare will entertain, educate and completely petrify.

This week we're celebrating one of the most experimental, form pushing director's in the country with a retrospective at Bertha DocHouse. We kick off with Brian Hill's latest film, a real-life noir thriller which uncovers the truth behind Sweden’s most notorious serial killer, Thomas Quick. 

This week we're celebrating one of the most experimental, form pushing director's in the country with a retrospective at Bertha DocHouse. We kick off with Brian Hill's latest film, a real-life noir thriller which uncovers the truth behind Sweden’s most notorious serial killer, Thomas Quick. 

THE TRUE COST

Dir: Andrew Morgan

As the price of our clothes decreases, the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost pulls back the curtain on an untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our cheaper clothes?

The Cold Winter

Dir: Zheng Kuo

The Chinese state's shabby treatment of its independent artists comes into sharp focus in Zheng Kuo's epic documentation of the enforced evictions from three "artist colonies" in East Beijing during the freezing winter of 2010/11. Featuring chinese artist Ai Weiwei The Cold Winter is a spirited contribution to the fight for grass-roots democracy in China.

THE MOO MAN + Director Q&A

Dir: Andy Heathcote & Heike Bachelier

Stephen Hook is not your average dairy farmer, but then Ida and her 55 spirited bovine cohorts are not your average Friesian cows. Tender, captivating and comica, this is a story of small-scale, hands-on organic farming with a lot of heart. And milk.

The Spirit of '45

Dir: Ken Loach

An impassioned documentary about how the spirit of unity which buoyed Britain during the war years carried through to create a vision of a fairer, united society.</p> <p>1945 was a pivotal year in British history.

Just beside an endless white desert up in the Bolivian Andes, Daniel Lopez and his family lead traditional salt workers' lives. Since it has become known that Salar de Uyuni holds the world's biggest amount of lithium - the future's resource - their little village finds itself in a place where global interest reaches in. A careful portrait of two generations from a culture on the dawn of globalisation.

THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE

Dir: R.J. Cutler

An intimate and often funny look behind the scenes of the world's most influential fashion magazine, Vogue. Under the leadership of legendary Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour the editorial staff set out to assemble their biggest issue ever.

TANKOGRAD

Dir: Boris Bertram

The Siberian town of Tankograd: birthplace of the Soviet nuclear bomb and now the most radioactive place on earth. We follow the town's world-class dance group as they search for meaning through artistic expression in this New Russia.

Following on from the multi-award winning film, 'The Boy Who Plays on the Buddhas of Bamiyan' director Phil Grabsky continued to film young Mir, charting his tumultuous journey into adulthood. The film is a unique portrayal of life, full of humour, full of poignancy in today's Afghanistan.

The Mona Lisa Curse is a timely polemic by internationally renowned art critic Robert Hughes which examines how the world's most famous painting came to influence the art world. With his trademark style, Hughes explores how museums,the production of art and the way we experience it, have radically changed in the last 50 years.

THE GLEANERS AND I

Dir: Agnès Varda

A delightful and personal diary/documentary of people who exist by utilising the things others regard as useless in modern society. This is a witty and gently humanist film from a veteran of the 60s French new wave.

THE BEACHES OF AGNES

Dir: Agnès Varda

Returning to the beaches which have been part of her life Agnès stages herself amongst excerpts of her films' images and reportages. She shares her story with humour and emotion from her early days as an independent filmmaker, and her life with Jacques Demy through to the present day.

THE MASTERS OF THE HOUSE

Dir: Ludovica Fale

Graziana, a young Italian woman, like so many of her generation aspires to a glittering career in the media. While trying to pass her law degree, she suddenly finds herself implicated in Prime Minister Berlusconi's infamous sex scandal saga. After such notoriety, what are her options in the Italy of Il Padrone di Casa?

TWOCKERS

Dir: Pawel Pawlikowski

Pawel made the transition to fiction in 1998 with this 50 minute hybrid film, a lyrical love story set on a sink estate in Yorkshire, which he co-wrote and co-directed with Ian Duncan. Trevor, played by a local boy, is a love-struck teenage criminal with a sideline in poetry, who tries to go straight in order to win the heart of his pregnant neighbour Amie.

TRAVELLER

Dir: John T Davis & Alen MacWeeney

In 1965, photographer Alen MacWeeney embarked on a two-year project of photographing and recording the Travellers of Dublin and Galway. Nearly 35 years later, he returns to Ireland to find the travellers again. A haunting, poetic portrait of the Travelling community.

THE FALL OF FUJIMORI

Dir: Ellen Perry

The Fall of Fujimori is political thriller exploring the volatile events that defined Fujimori's decade-long reign as the president of Peru. Since fleeing Peru in disgrace four years ago, Alberto Fujimori has remained virtually silent about the sensational end of his controversial presidency. Until now. Fujimori agreed to the first in-depth interview since his exile last January. The result is one of the most intimate and shocking looks at a modern dictator ever captured on film. Director Ellen Perry interweaves personal, up-close interviews with the exiled leader along with never-before-seen, exclusive footage from his regime.

THE CHILDREN OF LENINGRADSKY

Dir: Andrzej Celinski & Hannah Polak

This raw and heartbreaking documentary follows a group of orphans and runaways just about existing in Moscow's Leningradsky station, whose miserable days consist of the grim horrors of prostitution, begging, glue-sniffing and dealing with the direct threats of police brutality and AIDS. Oscar-nominated and bearing unflinching witness to the terrible reality of child-homelessness, this is a must-see insight into one of our most desperate urban conditions.

THE BOYS OF BARAKA

Dir: Rachel Grady & Heidi Ewing

With eighty percent of Baltimore's African American boys dropping out of high school and half of them ending up in jail, Mavis Jackson runs a programme to send twenty'at risk' twelve-year-olds to a school in Kenya for their 7th and 8th grade education. This fascinating documentary highlights the profound academic and cultural failings of the North American system and the changes and achievements of the youngsters, as we follow the group through the culture shock of swapping their inner-city streets for the Baraka School's strict disciplinary regime in the bush country of East Africa.

THE DEVIL'S MINER

Dir: Ross Kauffman & Zana Briski

The Bolivian silver mines of the Cerro Rico mountain have been exploited for over 450 years. It is estimated that over eight million people have died in the mines. It is known as "the mountain that eats men". The Devil's Miner is the story of 14 year-old Basilio Vargas and his 12 year-old brother Bernardino, as they work in one of these mines. Through the children's eyes, we encounter the world of devout Catholic miners who sever their ties with God upon entering the mountain. It is an ancient belief that the devil, as represented by hundreds of statues constructed in the tunnels, determines the fate of all who work within the mines. 

THE PRESIDENT VS DAVID HICKS

Dir: Curtis Levy

"And obviously we gave him the wrong advice, didn't we?" retorts Bev, stepmother of Guantanamo Bay prisoner David Hicks, "because the next we heard he was on his way to Afghanistan to join the Taliban." Australian David Hicks, incarcerated in a cell in Guantamano Bay for over two years, has been refused access to a normal trial hearing, and has had no contact with any family members. 

Australian filmmaker Cathy Henkel returns to Johannesburg where fourteen years ago, her mother was sexually assaulted and beaten in her suburban home by a local teenager. Henkel's despair at an ineffective police investigation as well as her mothers' inability to recover from this violent attack drives her to seek out and confront her mother's attacker. A disquieting film about justice, healing and bond between mother and daughter.

THE RAMONES: END OF THE CENTURY

Dir: Jim Fields & Michael Gramaglia

In 1974, the New York City music scene was shocked into consciousness by the violently new and raw sound of a band of misfits called The Ramones. This film traces the band from its unlikely origins, through its star-crossed career, its bitter demise and the sad fates of Joey and Dee Dee. End Of The Century is a vibrant, candid document of one of the most influential groups in the history of rock.

THE MINDERS

Dir: Sean McAllister

Baghdad,1998 and the pressure is intense. Hundreds of journalists are in town and Sean McAllister is one of them.But instead of focusing on the talking heads and the staged demonstrations, McAllister turns his camera on two "minders", those assigned by the Iraqi Ministry of Information to patrol what foreigners see and do not see. 

Agnès Varda's exuberantly inventive follow-up to her critically lauded essay film, in which she revisits characters from the original and further explores what it means to be a "gleaner." Varda's own ruminations on her life as a filmmaker (a gleaner of sorts) give her a connection to her subjects that creates a touching human portrait.

THE YES MEN

Dir: Chris Smith & Sarah Price & Dan Ollman

As the World Bank, the IMF and the WTO are aiming to develop a common approach to world economic policies called the 'coherence agenda', The Yes Men have an agenda of their own. The Yes Men gain worldwide notoriety for impersonating the World Trade Organization on TV and at business conferences around the world, amazingly without being discovered. The bizarre story begins with activists Andy and Mike setting up a website that mimics the WTO, which is mistaken for the real thing - they soon find themselves invited to important functions as WTO representatives. Delighted to speak as the organisation they oppose, Andy and Mike don cheap suits and set out to see how far they can push it - with darkly comic satires featuring the worst aspects of global free trade.

THE FOURTH WORLD WAR

Dir: Big Noise Films

In the First World War is primarily a spectacle - sensational footage, military briefings, carefully edited news presentations. The Fourth Word War shows a different kind of war - without battlefields, without a clear enemy, that is economic and cultural as well as military. It shows footage from the frontlines of neglected struggles in Mexico, Argentina, South Africa, Palestine, Korea, and finds a connection with the WTO protests of Seattle and Genoa, and the so-called 'War on Terror'. Directed by the award winning New York-based Big Noise Films, with Tony Award winner Suheir Hammad and singer Michael Franti from Spearhead, it is a radical story of hope and human connection in the face of a war that shatters and divides.

THE GAME OF THEIR LIVES

Dir: Daniel Gordon

A film about the 1966 North Korean football team who knocked tournament favorites, Italy, out of the World Cup finals in England. The film also provides a rare glimpse of life in modern day North Korea, particularly the lives of the surviving players.

THE WAR ROOM

Dir: D. A. Pennebaker & Chris Hegedus

A thrilling behind-closed-doors account of Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential election campaign by renowned cinema verité filmmakers Chris Hegedus and D. A. Pennebaker...