WALL

Dir: Cam Christiansen

With different animation styles, Wall brings to life a monologue originally performed onstage by playwright and screenwriter Sir David Hare. Speaking to friends in Israel and Palestine, Hare considers ramifications of the wall dividing Israel and Palestine.

He was a tireless photographer of the common man in his native Lithuania; she was his beautiful muse and life partner. From their pet lion cub to their legendary parties, they lived life on the edge, until a sudden tragedy ended everything.

Gay couple Kazu and Fumi are a rare pair in ultra-homogenous Japan. Both lawyers, they fight for the rights of the marginalised and the risk-takers, in pursuit of a more tolerant society and happiness.

HOME GAMES

Dir: Alisa Kovalenko

Alina has loved football since the she was a small child. Now a premier league player, she dreams of making the Ukrainian women’s football team. But she faces enormous challenges - including the fact that a chaotic home life has left her in charge of raising her young siblings.

The ghosts of Spain continue to haunt the present in this moving documentary, which lays bare the searing legacy of Francisco Franco's regime on the LGBT population - including persecuted poet Frederica Lorca.

RBG

Dir: Julie Cohen & Betsy West

Smashing the patriarchy from the inside out, 84 year-old Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been breaking down gender discrimination for over 50 years and is an iconic figure for all generations.

THE SILENCE OF OTHERS

Dir: Almudena Carracedo & Robert Bahar

Franco’s brutal 40-year dictatorship has been ‘forgotten’ in an enforced collective amnesia. As Spain refuses to bring former torturers to trial, the case is made international and brought to Argentine Judge María Servini de Cubría.

Before his voice had dropped, Flynn McGarry was wowing his fellow Californians with his fine dining creations, as his filmmaker mother helped him run a pop up restaurant from her home. Soon his huge talent catches the attention of the national press, turning the young chef into a national phenomenon.

An intimate portrait of legendary Swedish film director - Ingmar Bergman. Following a year of his extraordinary work, personal demons and conflicted relationships with women, the film creates an enticing analysis of this most iconic and controversial genius.

In rural Slovakia, a young man dresses up in army gear and plays with other men in a forest. Peter Švrček has chilling intentions. The ‘Slovak Recruits’ undergo bullying indoctrination techniques to join Švrček’s paramilitary movement while he dreams of a worldwide rise of the right.

Guo Pei is China’s only haute couture designer. This uplifting documentary takes the viewer inside the world where she creates extraordinary works that honour the female form whilst also challenging it.

AMÉRICA

Dir: Erick Stoll & Chase Whiteside

Diego’s work in the beach tourism of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, is put on hold when a family emergency brings him back to his hometown to care for his 93-year-old grandmother, América, in this remarkable festival favourite.

93QUEEN

Dir: Paula Eiselt

Rachel ‘Ruchie’ Freier is making waves in her ultra-orthodox Hasidic Jewish community in Brooklyn. Already breaking tradition by being a lawyer, she begins a controversial campaign to establish the first all-female emergency response unit.

Ten-year-old Oleg and his grandmother live in a village called Hnutove in Ukraine, which has become the frontline for the armed conflict between the government and pro-Russian separatists. Oleg explores the war-created wasteland by day, as bombs shake their house every night.

CAMORRA

Dir: Francesco Patierno

An astonishing and absorbing insight into the rise of the Camorra AKA the Neapolitan mafia – a complex network of organised crime – as told by those involved, through a patchwork of incredible archive footage.

ON HER SHOULDERS

Dir: Alexandria Bombach

Having survived the Yazidi genocide and escaped Isis sex slavery, Nadia Murad decided not to focus on her own healing, but instead fight for justice. We follow the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Winner as she brings the story to the world and becomes a UN goodwill ambassador for human trafficking.

THE RAFT

Dir: Marcus Lindeen

After surviving a terrorist-hijacked plane, anthropologist Santiago Genoves devised an extraordinary experiment to study the root of violence; isolate a load of strangers on a tiny raft at sea for 100 days…

The crowded boat has sunk. Would you rather let go and drown, or wait to see if a shark takes you? Asylum seekers on Christmas Island have been confronted with terrifying choices yet treated like criminals by the Australian immigration system.

Witnesses, prosecution and defence prepare for one of the most significant tribunals in recent history in this tense and chilling observation of General Ratko Mladic’s trial at the Hague for crimes against humanity during the Bosnian War.