Told through sublime, kaleidoscopic, never-before-seen footage, performances and music, Brett Morgen’s (The Kid Stays in the Picture, Cobain: Montage of Heck, Jane) feature length experiential cinematic odyssey explores David Bowie’s creative, musical and spiritual journey.

What happens when sixteen emerging filmmakers are given access to the BBC archives to create a new short film to mark the BBC centenary? Developed with mentoring from professional filmmakers who use archive film in their practice, these new films uncover the forgotten histories of underrepresented communities, on themes including the environment, mental health, youth culture and cultural diversity.

Music is My Life tells the story of South African musician, the late Joseph Shabalala, who rose to international fame with his band Ladysmith Black Mambazo after contributing to Paul Simon’s massively successful Graceland album.

Midwives

Dir: Hnin Ei Hlaing

In western Myanmar, two women defy strict ethnic divisions to work side by side in a makeshift clinic, treating Rohingya women where no-one else will. Over five years, we witness their complicated relationship, amid ever-increasing chaos and violence in Rakhine State.

Winner of the top prize at IDFA, Mr. Landsbergis tells an absorbing story of the Luthianuan nation's fight for independence between 1988 and 1993. This epic documentary focuses on music professor Vytautas Landsbergis, who by the will of fate became the first Head of Parliament of Lithuania after it left the Soviet Union.

Makongo

Dir: ELVIS SABIN NGAIBINO

André and Albert are two young Aka pygmies from Mongoumba, near the border with Congo and DRC. In spite of their financial difficulties and the stigma they face at school, André and Albert fight to study and bring themselves up to the level of other students. 

A warm and generous portrait of a Welsh male voice choir with an average age of 74, Men Who Sing follows the filmmaker's father, Ed, and the gang as they set out to compete for the first time in twenty years.

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.