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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.

BURMA VJ

Dir: Anders Østergaard

Acclaimed filmmaker, Anders Østergaard follows Burma's video journalists, who risk torture and life in jail by keeping the flow of news coming out of their closed country. Armed with small handycams, they smuggle out undercover reports, broadcast them back into Burma via satellite and offer them as free usage for international media.

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.

AFGHAN STAR + Dir. Q&A

Dir: Havana Marking

Afghan Star was watched by a third of the population of Afghanistan. Over 11 million people, in voting for their favourites, experienced a taste of democracy. Afghan Star is a small but significant unifying force for the country's diverse ethnic groups; a celebration of hope in the midst of adversity, 'the aim is to take the people's hand from weapons to music'.