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.

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.