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BAGHDAD DAYS

Dir: Hiba Bassem

Winner of the silver award at the Al Jazeera International Film Festival in Doha. Hiba Bassem, a young woman from Kirkuk, returns to Baghdad after the war, to finish her studies at the Academy of Fine Arts. The film is a diary of her year.

BLOOD OF MY BROTHER

Dir: Andrew Berends

The story of one Iraqi family's struggle to cope after the killing of their eldest son by American Troops. The film is a moving portrait of one family's struggle to survive in the volatile world of post-war Iraq. More than this, the film demonstrates the dangerous ripples created in ordinary Iraqi citizens by the arbitrary violence resulting from US policing of this devastated city.

HIWAR

Dir: Kifaya Saleh

For years a group of Iraqi artists and writers had wanted to establish a cultural centre in Baghdad. After 8 years of war with Iran, the Gulf War of 1991 and the ongoing sanctions, it was clear that there was no point in waiting for peace.

BATTAGLIA

Dir: Daniela Zanzotto

At 37 Letizia, together with her 3 daughters, left a husband whom she had been married to since the age of 16 and became a journalist. She picked up a camera when she found that she could better sell her articles if they were accompanied by photographs. Battaglia paints a uniquely intimate portrait of this warrior of a woman. A story of passion, pain and the struggle for freedom.

VISIT PALESTINE

Dir: Katie Barlow

What drives a young Westerner to volunteer as a peace activist in the Middle East? Caiomhe Butterly is one of a growing number of volunteers who risk their own safety to intervene in the long-running and bloody conflict between Israel and Palestine.

A rare portrait of a cross-cultural marriage in the tiny Gulf state of Qatar. Filmmaker Vandekeybus gained unprecedented access to the insular world of Qatari society. She followed American-born Linda, her Qatari husband Ali Al Saigel and their seven children for three years from 2001. Unlike many foreign wives, Linda has adopted the Shiite Muslim traditions of her husband. Swathed in black she looks like any other Qatari woman.

MY BROTHER MY ENEMY

Dir: Masood Khan & Kamaljeet Negi

Pakistan was partitioned from India in 1947. Since then, these two nuclear states have been in a virtual state of conflict. Now for the first time in fifteen years the Indian cricket team tours Pakistan and two filmmakers from opposite sides of the border go along to capture a taste of how it feels to be the enemy.

END OF SUBURBIA

Dir: Gregory Greene

Suburbia, and all it promises, has become the American Dream, but serious questions are beginning to emerge about the sustainability of this way of life. With brutal honesty, End of Suburbia explores the American way of life and its prospects as global demand for fossil fuels begins to outstrip supply.

INVISIBLE COUP

Dir: Terri Murray

Is something rotten at the heart of the American electoral process? Invisible Coup reveals how Republican insiders have taken control of America's transition to electronic voting and uncovers serious flaws in the technology. If you thought 'hanging chads' were a cause for concern, wait until you learn about invisible computer code.

WMD: WEAPONS OF MASS DECEPTION

Dir: Danny Schechter

WMD focuses on the role played by the Pentagon propaganda machine and the media in the Iraq War. Media critic, Danny Schechter's hard-hitting dissection of information warfare asks if the media was complicit in the selling of the Iraq War and suggests the government's 'media-management' is now out of control? The film investigates the embed program and 'infiltrates' Fox News. It comes on the heels of the New York Times admitting that its pre-war coverage was deeply flawed and differed dramatically from reporting seen around the world. WMD provides shocking revelations into a US population, ill-served and under-informed by an unquestioning news media in crisis.

STREET FIGHT

Dir: Marshall Curry

An extraordinary, multi award-winning film which captures the 'no-holds barred' battle to be the next mayor of New Jersey. It's a David and Goliath story that sheds light on issues of poverty, race and democracy in America.

STREET FIGHT

Dir: Marshall Curry

An extraordinary, multi award-winning film which captures the 'no-holds barred' battle to be the next mayor of New Jersey. It's a David and Goliath story that sheds light on issues of poverty, race and democracy in America.