SONITA

Dir: Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami

Sonita Alizadeh, a strong-willed teenager who idolises Rihanna and Michael Jackson, is an aspiring rapper, in spite of all the obstacles she confronts in Iran and from her conservative Afghan family. She is an undocumented Afghan refugee in Tehran, and her family has other plans for her.

DEJA VU

Dir: Jon Bang Carlsen

In his autobiographical essay film Déjà Vu, Jon Bang Carlsen mirrors his life story in clips from the more than 40 films he has made in a variety of genres since 1973.

13TH

Dir: Ava DuVernay

Directed and produced by Ava DuVernay, The 13th explores how mass incarceration in America evolved to its current epic proportions and what the ramifications are for communities of colour across the country. 

SOUR GRAPES

Dir: Jerry Rothwell & Reuben Atlas

Featuring a cast of obsessive collectors, outraged wine producers, suspect auction houses, and specialist FBI sleuths, this doc seeks to unearth the truth of where the wine came from.

Russian director, Vitaly Mansky was invited by the North Korean government to make a film about one girl and her family in the year she prepares to join the Children's Union.

TICKLED

Dir: David Farrier & Dylan Reeve

Journalist David Farrier stumbles upon a mysterious tickling competition online. As he delves deeper he comes up against fierce resistance, but that doesn’t stop him getting to the bottom of a story stranger than fiction.

Music is the beating heart of Malian culture. But when Islamic hardliners took control of northern Mali in 2012, they enforced one of the harshest interpretations of sharia law in history and banned all forms of music. Radio stations were destroyed, instruments burned and Mali’s musicians faced torture and death.