No Burqas Behind Bars

Dir: Maryam Ebrahimi & Nima Sarvestani

In the Takhar prison in Afghanistan 40 women are serving long sentences for 'moral crimes'. These crimes largely involve the defiance of men, from rejection of forced marriage to infidelity to fleeing violent relationships.

NÉNETTE

Dir: Nicolas Philibert

Legendary French documentarist, Nicolas Philibert, returns with his distinctive verite film-making style. Creating a charming, funny and poignant portrait of the day-to-day life of Nénette, a forty-year-old orang-utan who lives in the Jardin des Plantes Exotiques Zoo in Paris.

In 1979, the Sandinstas won a hugely population revolution in Nicaragua, putting an end to decades of corrupt US-backed Somoza dictatorship. They based their reformist ideology on that of the English Co-operative Movement, but it was to prove too 'radical' for the Reagan administration. In this film, John Pilger describes the achievements of the Sandinistas and their 'threat of a good example'.

NIGHT MAIL

Dir: Harry Watt & Basil Wright

Night Mail remains one of the most popular and instantly recognised films in British film history, and was one of the most critically acclaimed films to be produced with the British documentary film movement. Night Mail is an account of the operation of the Royal mail train delivery service, and shows the various stages and procedures of that operation.

NANOOK OF THE NORTH

Dir:  Robert J. Flaherty

Robert Flaherty's classic film tells the story of Inuit hunter Nanook and his family as they struggle to survive in the harsh conditions of Canada's Hudson Bay region. Enormously popular when released in 1922, Nanook of the North is a cinematic milestone that continues to enchant audiences.

NO REGRETS

Dir: Theodora Remundová

This feature debut by scriptwriter and director Theodora Remundová is made up of two independent stories oscillating between documentary and fiction. The first,Standard, began life as the author's graduation film at FAMU and describes the painful relationships between three women bound by close family ties – the seventy-five-year-old mother Irena, her widowed fifty-year-old daughter Masha and her twenty-seven-year-old granddaughter Patricia.The protagonist of the second half, No Regrets, is seventy-one-year-old Danuše Pánková, who experienced not only happiness and success in her life, but whose relationship to life and the people around her is in sharp contrast to the suffocating relationships in the preceding family. Marriage, motherhood, family life – these intimate and very concrete themes become the starting point for thoughts about the meaning of human existence.