There are 37,000 Love Hotels in Japan visited by 2.8million people a day. An ancient Japanese tradition, the hotels exist for people to escape the conservative structures of their daily lives, to explore their fantasies or just find some privacy.
Thulasi is a young woman with a tough future ahead of her. She was born a "Dalit," or "untouchable" in the Indian caste system. Her early years were a struggle for survival but now she is willing to literally fight for a better...
A moving portrait of the photographer, Jane Brown, her quiet determination working in an almost exclusively male world, her unique working method and how the sorrow of her early childhood informed her unique photographic style.
14-year-old Hai has been kicked out of school. With a cigarette hanging from his mouth, he wanders around town, stealing, fighting and terrorising the village with his motorcycle gang. A wild, harsh but also funny portrayal of Chinese teenage life.
Through his memories of the chirola (prison), Pedro makes us learn what confinement could imply to someone either outside or behind bars. The feelings, the changes, the uncertainties and the traumas generated inside a limited space and a limited situation construct his philosophy of life and freedom.
Tanya comes to England with her 12 year old son Artiom to marry a man she fell in love with. When the latter fails to appear at the airport, immigration try to send her back. Desperate, Tanya claims political asylum and is sent to a bleak, out-of-season seaside resort from which there is no escape.
Jo Wilding, a young trainee lawyer and human rights worker in Iraq, produced some of the finest frontline reporting of the war online from Fallujah, then under siege by the US Marines.
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.
A rare portrait of a cross-cultural marriage in the tiny Gulf state of Qatar. Filmmaker Vandekeybus gained unprecedented access to the insular world of Qatari society. She followed American-born Linda, her Qatari husband Ali Al Saigel and their seven children for three years from 2001. Unlike many foreign wives, Linda has adopted the Shiite Muslim traditions of her husband. Swathed in black she looks like any other Qatari woman.
Award-winning documentary filmmaker, Angus Macqueen, gained extraordinary access to the drug gangs in Rio, Brazil to make Leo and Ze, an unsettling story of violence, poverty and wasted lives. Ze, a former gang leader who has managed to get out and survive, tries to help his nephew, Leo, to do the same. Through the lives of this family, a picture emerges of the way in which the gangs, financed by cocaine sales, have taken over the favela. These are adolescent boys who rule by terror. The normal inhabitants can do nothing in the face of the guns bought on the proceeds of 'the white stuff.'