On November 23rd 2012 Jordan Davis and his friends pulled into a gas station. 3 ½ minutes later, ten shots rang out. 3 1⁄2 Minutes, Ten Bullets reconstructs what happened...
Street kids Kolya, Irina, Ksusha and Denis describe the abandoned building they live in as 'a Fairytale place' where anything is possible. Their gang have relied on each other since they were young kids; stealing, begging and turning tricks to survive on the streets of the broken, post-Soviet city of Perm, Russia.
Ain el-Helweh is Lebanon's largest refugee camp, home to over 70,000 displaced Palestinians. In this personal study director Mahdi Fleifel combines his own footage with that of his father's from the 80s and 90s, to present an intimate portrait of the place where he was born.
The latest DocHouse First release is a raw, first-person account of the Gaza war in the summer of 2014.
Mohamed Jabaly, a young man from Gaza City, is given permission to join an ambulance crew and films his experiences. As war approaches, he is searching for his place in a country under siege, where at times there seems to be no foreseeable future.
The resulting footage is unflinching in its depiction of the effects of war and tells a story that goes beyond the headlines, to the reality of life in Gaza.
The film, an examination of food giant Dole's devastating use of pesticides in Nicaragua, would be having its world premiere in the same city as Dole's global headquarters. Despite not having seen the film, Dole was determined to brand Gertten as a liar and they began bombarding the LA Film Festival, demanding it be removed from the programme with shocking results.
Creating provocative theatre carries great personal risks, but for the members of the Belarus Free Theatre the risks include censorship, imprisonment, and worse. Director Madeleine Sackler goes behind the scenes to cover a dramatic year in the life of an acclaimed troupe of imaginative and subversive performers.
Destroyed homes, threats at gunpoint and high-court action, this battle by three young people to stand up for their rights is a testimony to people power. It's a journey of brave young hearts demanding what they were all promised by Mandela – a home.
In Zimbabwe in 2009, a story of heroic proportions began to unfold. Under the stranglehold of Mugabe's dictatorship two men from opposing sides were given a herculean task – form a new, democratic constitution for their country. With astonishing access to the entire process Democrats is a film of high drama, fortitude, violence and ultimate transformation.
Something doesn't add up for seasoned reporter Jeremy Scahill, when the scene of a supposed Taliban honour killing in the village of Khatabeh in Afghanistan starts to sound more like a botched (and covered up) US military night raid. As Scahill delves deeper, it becomes clear that this is just the tip of the iceberg.
When reports emerge of crimes against humanity within closed regimes, Human Rights Watch sends emergency investigators to document violations and reveal them to the world. These specialist investigators, the first on the ground, are the E-Team.
The Paraguayan Chaco is one of the world's last virgin frontiers, where modern-day cowboys battle with the indigenous populations over agricultural drilling rights. Through a combination of altruism and frustration against the odds, filmmaker Daniele Incalcaterra attempts to return his own land to the indigenous community.
A compelling tale of 'medicine, monopoly and malice', Fire in the Blood tells the story of how Western pharmaceutical companies and governments aggressively blocked access to low-cost AIDS drugs for the countries of Africa and the global south in the years after 1996.
Part political thriller, part memoir, Granito: How to Nail a Dictator shows how filmmaker Pamela Yates' first documentary When the Mountains Tremble (1982) was instrumental in indicting Guatemalan ex-dictator Efraín Ríos Montt.
The danger is palpable as intrepid young filmmaker Nanfu Wang follows maverick activist Ye Haiyan (a.k.a Hooligan Sparrow) and her band of colleagues to Hainan Province in southern China, to protest the case of six elementary school girls...
Ida started hurting herself when she was 10 years old. After several painful years of being tossed around the mental health system, trying to balance and self-medicate, she turned to an escalating lifestyle full of drugs, alcohol and self-harm...
India’s Daughter investigates the story of the gang rape and murder of medical student Jyoti Singh and why it led to such widespread anger. Examining the values and mind-sets of the rapists as well as society in India more broadly.
Light Fly, Fly High is film about Thulasi, a young woman with a tough future ahead of her. Thulasi was born a "Dalit," or "untouchable" in the Indian caste system. Her early years were a struggle for survival but now she is willing to literally fight for a better life through boxing.
August 2012, Marikana. Thirty-four miners are shot dead by police and scores more left injured at the end of a six day strike. Playing out like a political thriller, Miners Shot Down pieces together what happened in those six days that lead to spiralling violence and the country's first post-apartheid massacre.
Carefully evidenced and powerfully measured, No Fire Zone is a feature length film about the final devastating months of the 26 year long Sri Lankan civil war told by the people who lived through it. Find out how you can be part of the movement calling for truth, justice and peace in Sri Lanka.
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. One Mile Away tells the human side of gang violence.
Our School is the bittersweet story of three Roma children caught up in an initiative to integrate ethnically-segregated Romanian schools. With defiance, humour and optimism, the three head to city school, where generations-old prejudice still looms large.
In the year of the Arab Spring, a British football team head to Egypt armed with a football and a desire to engage with local communities. But the Egyptian revolution unfolds around them forcing the team to rethink their agenda.
Telling the dramatic story of two Syrians from vastly different walks of life who are thrown together through the circumstances of war, Red Lines is a gripping film highlighting the resilience of the Syrian people and the challenge to keep hope alive in the face of intolerable violence and the tragic recent events across the region.
In the Syrian city of Homs, a group of young revolutionaries move through a warren of half-standing, bombed out buildings, listening to the shells fallings. Homs has been under siege by the Syrian Army since May 2011, and this arrestingly intimate portrait of young men in a warzone takes us deep inside the ravaged city.
Kaveh Bakhtiari's documentary is a close-quarter portrait of a group of undocumented Iranian immigrants who are stranded and struggling to survive in Athens. Intimate and unflinching, Stop-Over is a rare insight into the dehumanising effects of life in limbo for undocumented migrants in Europe.
Disturbing, surreal and entirely engrossing, The Act of Killing has been making waves as much for its daring originality as for its chilling content. Joshua Oppenheimer found that in a society where glorified mass-murderers live amongst the families of their victims, he had to find a new kind of filmmaking to get to the heart of his subject matter.
What happens to you when you live in a society riven by civil war, when you’re forced to entertain the inconceivable thought that your neighbors are out to kill you? Survivors of the 1995 Srebrenica Genocide talk about the events leading up to the mass murder of 8,372 Bosnian men.
A ground-breaking investigation into the hidden rape epidemic in the US armed forces. The Invisible War exposes the Kafkaesque military legal system which the victims who come forward find themselves in with first-hand accounts of their brutal treatment.
Joshua Oppenheimer’s powerful companion piece to The Act of Killing focuses on the victims of the brutal genocide in Indonesia in 1965.
In 2007 three boxes were discovered in a closet in Mexico City that had been lost in the chaos in Europe at the beginning of World War II. The Mexican Suitcase looks at the power of memory and asks who owns our memories and where do they belong as a new generation in Spain is beginning to reconcile itself with its own history.
Determined not to succumb to the cost cutting ways of modern dairies and supermarkets, Hook and Son, a family run Sussex farm, stick to their guns and sell raw, unpasteurised milk direct to consumers. Tender, captivating and comical, life on the farm is not just a profession for Stephen Hook, but a labour of love.
Filmmaker Pary El-Qalqili's Palestinian father has always been an enigma to her, spending his days grieving the loss of his homeland in the basement of their Berlin home. As father and daughter journey across the Middle East, El-Qalqili searches to understand the complexities of the Palestinian conflict, and her father's present day rage.
When Jolynn Minnaar first heard about fracking in the Karoo, her home district, she was optimistic - but her discoveries leave her horrified. Unearthed challenges the assertion that hydraulic fracturing is a safe, time-tested technology and questions whether shale gas is the solution for our energy-hungry world.
Deep in the rainforests of eastern Congo lies Virunga, Africa's oldest national park and the last remaining home of the mountain gorilla. As civil war in the country re-erupts and corporate interests circle to grab the oil rights, the park is under threat like never before. Virunga is story of the brave people risking their lives to save it.
"Why is the killing of a million a lesser crime than the killing of an individual?" Raphael Lemkin changed the course of history with this one question. Examining the life of the lawyer and linguist, who coined the word 'genocide', Watchers of the Sky explores one man's perseverance to convince the world that there must be legal retribution for mass atrocities.
Director Marc Silver and Gael Garcia Bernal return with this gripping mystery. The body of an immigrant is found in Arizona's 'Corridor of Death', the words Dayani Cristal tattooed across his chest are the only clue to his identity. As we begin to learn more about the man, the story unfolds towards an emotionally devastating climax.
An unprecedented look at the 200 year old British military tradition of recruiting young Nepalese men for The Brigade of Gurkhas. With astonishing access, Who Will Be A Gurkha reveals the true extent of this gruelling selection procedure, and the desperate dreams of the aspiring soldiers who undertake it.