Presented by Andre Singer. The now legendary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman’s debut film, a stark and graphic portrayal of the conditions that existed at the State Prison for the Criminally Insane at Bridgewater, Massachusetts.
2,800 North Americans volunteered during the Spanish civil war, 85 of whom were African Americans. This is the story of those invisible heroes who fought in a far-away war for the civil rights that they were denied in their own country.
Narrated by Earnest Hemingway, The Spanish Earth tells the story of Spains revolutionary struggle through the experience of a single village. Shot in 1937, when the Republican forces were on the retreat, the film is a graphic portrayal of the men and women who resisted Franco’s insurgents.
A classic from the ‘Free Cinema’ movement. Karol Reisz filmed a London boys' club in the 1950’s, giving working-class teenagers a voice for the first time.
Presented by Sophie Fiennes. Beautifully shot in black and white, Belovy (The Belovs) tells the story of twice-widowed Anna Belova, who lives with her brother Mikhail. A mesmerising, tragic and raucous portrait of a Russian farming family.
Antonio Barrera is the most gored bullfighter in modern history. He has been stabbed an incredible twenty-three times over the course of his career but now with a family to consider and a body that is broken, Barrera has decided to retire – but not before one final fight.
In classic Jennings style these two intimate and moving poetic portraits of a besieged Britain go against the conventional mould of wartime propaganda.
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...
To mark the release of A Syrian Love Story, this is a chance to see another – and very different – exploration of Syria, and exile from Syria; winner of the Grierson Documentary Award at the 2014 BFI London Film Festival, Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait.
The story of the long-ignored real pioneers of punk: The Damned. Forty years later and still active on the scene, the band are chronicled from inception, through countless line-up changes and finally to their 35th anniversary in 2011.
Comrades and lovers Amer and Raghda met in a Syrian prison cell 15 years ago. Maverick director Sean McAllister met the family in 2009, and over five years, charts their incredible odyssey to political freedom.
Directors Roger Graef and James Rogan follow the Monty Pythons as they prepare for their first live performances in over 30 years, through rehearsals and up to the big day.