This award-winning, achingly beautiful documentary reveals how the Chechen War has affected children in both Russia and in Chechnya. Russian children are filmed at Kronstadt near St. Petersburg, where they are being trained as child soldiers.
The idealism and optimism of young people in Finland in the 1960s and '70s created a youth culture where a better world seemed just around the corner and socialism seemed like a real alternative. Brimming with music, archive footage and contemporary interviews, Revolution captures the spirit of an age, and asks the poignant question, what happens to the idealism of youth?
Nine-year-old Punam Tamang lives in Bhaktapur in Nepal. Punam lost her mother when she was five years old and since that time she has been the family caretaker, providing for her younger brother Krishna and her younger sister Rabina. The children see little of their father who works double shifts in a rice factory in order pay their school fees.
Qendresa is thirteen years old and back in Pristina, Kosovo. In 1999 she and her family escaped the war in the Balkans, heading for Sweden where they lived for over four years before being deported. Widmark and Johansson follow Qendresa and her family during their first year back in Kosovo as they struggle to re-adjust to life in a country they no longer know.
Martyr Street, Hebron, is one of the most hazardous and fractious streets in the West Bank. It is the only site where Jewish settlers live as a minority in the heart of a city in the occupied territories. Schoolgirls Najilah al-Khatib and Neria Arnon live a few metres away from each other on Martyr Street but they have never met.
Twenty years ago, Britain's miners embarked on a strike over pit closures. Whereas previous coal strikes had been over in a matter of weeks, this time both Union and Government dug in for a lengthy battle. In the end, the biggest losers were the ordinary miners.
In 1979, the Sandinstas won a hugely population revolution in Nicaragua, putting an end to decades of corrupt US-backed Somoza dictatorship. They based their reformist ideology on that of the English Co-operative Movement, but it was to prove too 'radical' for the Reagan administration. In this film, John Pilger describes the achievements of the Sandinistas and their 'threat of a good example'.
The exposure of another terrible human tragedy to which governments turned a blind eye, East Timor - a tiny country off the northern tip of Australia - is ruled by bloodshed and fear. More than 200,000 people were wiped out by neighbouring Indonesia. Since East Timor's liberation in 1999, this film's contribution has been recognised worldwide.
For over 18 years a civil war in Northern Uganda has dragged on almost completely unnoticed by the rest of the world. The rebels of the LRA (Lord's Resistance Army) are waging a bloody guerilla campaign. They abduct children and conscript them as soldiers, forcing them to kill their own people.
April 2004 is the month of mourning in the new Rwandan calendar. While the country is commemorating the 10th anniversary of the genocide, children play games. Filmmaker Sarah Vanagt spent the Easter holiday in a 'children's republic', governed by genocide orphans and refugee children in the war-torn border zone between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The story of one Iraqi family's struggle to cope after the killing of their eldest son by American Troops. The film is a moving portrait of one family's struggle to survive in the volatile world of post-war Iraq. More than this, the film demonstrates the dangerous ripples created in ordinary Iraqi citizens by the arbitrary violence resulting from US policing of this devastated city.