It’s 2017, an abnormally hot summer in New York and there is a sense of uncertainty and instability in the air. Brett Story’s The Hottest August is an absorbing social study about hopes, dreams and our current climate

THE ELEPHANT QUEEN

Dir: Victoria Stone & Mark Deeble

Narrated by Chiwetel Ejiofor, this epic story of love, loss and coming home stars Athena, an elephant matriarch who will do everything in her power to protect her family when they are forced to leave their waterhole.

THE BRINK

Dir: Alison Klayman

The Brink follows far-right ideologist and keen manipulator of the press Steve Bannon, as he embarks on a campaign to unify extreme parties to win seats in the May 2019 European Parliamentary elections.  

THE ARCTIC CAMELS

Dir: Karl Emil Rikardsen

9-year-old Torarin is over the moon when his parents get a couple of camels to join them in Hammerfest, the North most city in the world. But things get complicated when they try to incorporate Mongolian training methods into their way of life.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s celebrated philosophical children’s book The Little Prince, is one of the world’s most widely translated literary works. Around the world passionate translators share their love for the values of the book, and the fight to preserve endangered languages.

A political thriller revealing the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalism that broke the story of the offshore tax haven in Panama, revealing the widespread tax evasion committed by global leaders and celebrities.

One of the few films to engage with Rwandans as users of images, rather than simply their subjects, The Faces We Lost follows nine survivors of the 1994 genocide, relatives of victims and professional memory-makers).

THE PONDS

Dir: Patrick McLennan & Samuel Smith

Plunging into ice cold water may sound like a nightmare to many, but to this hardy group of regulars at the Hampstead Heath ponds a winter swim is one of life’s necessities.

THE SILENCE OF OTHERS

Dir: Almudena Carracedo & Robert Bahar

Franco’s brutal 40-year dictatorship has been ‘forgotten’ in an enforced collective amnesia. As Spain refuses to bring former torturers to trial, the case is made international and brought to Argentine Judge María Servini de Cubría.

Ten-year-old Oleg and his grandmother live in a village called Hnutove in Ukraine, which has become the frontline for the armed conflict between the government and pro-Russian separatists. Oleg explores the war-created wasteland by day, as bombs shake their house every night.

THE RAFT

Dir: Marcus Lindeen

After surviving a terrorist-hijacked plane, anthropologist Santiago Genoves devised an extraordinary experiment to study the root of violence; isolate a load of strangers on a tiny raft at sea for 100 days…

Witnesses, prosecution and defence prepare for one of the most significant tribunals in recent history in this tense and chilling observation of General Ratko Mladic’s trial at the Hague for crimes against humanity during the Bosnian War.