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.