Virunga

Dir: Orlando von Einsiedel

Deep in the rainforests of eastern Congo lies Virunga, Africa's oldest national park, and the last remaining home of the mountain gorilla. With a brutal civil war creeping ever closer the park is under threat like never before...

VIDEOCRACY

Dir: Erik Gandini

Italian-born director Erik Gandini portrays the televisual world that prime minister and media tycoon, Silvio Berlusconi, has created in Italy. Gaining unique access to the most powerful media spheres, he unveils a remarkable story, born out of the scary reality of "TV-Republic" Italy and, by accident or design, "Videocracy" ends up holding a mirror to a larger world.

VILLAGE OF SOCKS

Dir: Klaudia Begic & Ileana Stanculescu

A new form of income has come to the Transylvanian village of Viscri. Women in the community are knitting socks and selling them to Western European countries through a local cooperative. But the inequality that results from this new found economy causes tensions in the community.

VISIT PALESTINE

Dir: Katie Barlow

What drives a young Westerner to volunteer as a peace activist in the Middle East? Caiomhe Butterly is one of a growing number of volunteers who risk their own safety to intervene in the long-running and bloody conflict between Israel and Palestine.

VOICES FROM ROBBEN ISLAND

Dir: Jurgen Schadeberg

Robben Island began as a place of banishment for social outcasts and in the 1960s it was turned into a notorious high security prison for political prisoners who opposed the apartheid regime. The film reveals the great courage of some of its prisoners, who survived despite unimaginable physical and emotional suffering. We hear remarkable personal accounts from those sentenced to a lifetime on Robben Island, including Mandela, Sisulu, and Mbeki, who managed to transform a seemingly hopeless situation into a positive experience. A story of the triumph of freedom and dignity over repression and humiliation.