My Father, The Spy

Dir: Jaak Kilmi & Gints Grūbe

During a trip to the US, Ieva’s father - a KGB employee about to defect, offered her a blunt choice: take a taxi to the Soviet Embassy and denounce him as a traitor, or stay with him and never see her mother or her homeland of Latvia again.

There’s a severe lack of government ambulances in Mexico city - so families like the Ochoas have stepped into the breach. At night they scour the streets of the city in their second hand ambulance, coming to the aid of those in need - from whom they have to ask for payment.

When the Taliban threatens filmmaker Hassan Fazili’s life, he goes on the run with his wife and two small daughters. Filmed entirely on their mobile phones, this festival favourite places us deep inside the refugee journey.

MEETING GORBACHEV

Dir: Werner Herzog & André Singer

Legendary director Werner Herzog meets the former President of the Soviet Union for a series of exclusive one-on-one interviews with the man who ended the Cold War.

Delving beneath the public persona of the charismatic ‘Rock God’, Mystify: Michael Hutchence reveals a multifaceted and sensitive man. Hutchence had explosive magnetism, but also many secrets; his story emerges here with emotional and revelatory depth.

MOTHER

Dir: Kristof Bilsen

Two narratives collide in a small village in Thailand. Pomm takes care of Europeans with Alzheimer’s, while a family prepares to leave Switzerland, in this moving observation of motherhood and care.

Forty-six million Americans live in rural, small town America. These towns were once the backbone of American life. In this poetic observational film, documentary master Frederick Wiseman takes us to one such place, Monrovia, Indiana, immersing us in the rhythms and daily life of the place.

MAIDEN

Dir: Alex Holmes

The incredible, against-all-odds story of sailor Tracy Edwards, who skippered the first all-female international crew in the 1989 Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race.

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.