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Following on from the multi-award winning film, 'The Boy Who Plays on the Buddhas of Bamiyan' director Phil Grabsky continued to film young Mir, charting his tumultuous journey into adulthood. The film is a unique portrayal of life, full of humour, full of poignancy in today's Afghanistan.

In 1958 fourteen-year-old Robert James 'Bobby' Fischer stunned the chess world by becoming the youngest Grand Master in history. Over the next twenty years he established himself through outward genius, charisma and dashing good looks, only to disappear at the apex of his powers

Garry Kasparov is a living legend in the chess world, so powerful at his height that it took a crack team from IBM with a very big computer to defeat him in 1997. This David and Goliath battle, steeped in suspicion, paranoia and conspiracy theories, is an engrossing tale of ego, strategy and the limits of the human intelligence.

COUNTDOWN TO ZERO

Dir: Lucy Walker

Nuclear disarmament is a somewhat overlooked issue, since Gorbachev and Reagan failed to seal the deal in the 90s. The ticking time-bomb that looms almost forgotten by the world is revived by Lucy Walker. She defines the major danger that nuclear warheads constitute, from terrorism, miscalculation or accident and the 'Dr Strangelove' scenario.

ARMADILLO

Dir: Janus Metz

Award-winning director Janus Metz arrives in Afghanistan with a group of Danish soldiers on their first tour of duty stationed on the Helmand frontline in Camp Armadillo. Metz captures life on the frontline with an uncompromising and intense vision. 

SWEETGRASS

Dir: Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Ilisa Barbash

An unsentimental elegy to the American West. The film follows the last modern-day cowboys leading their sheep up into Montana's Absaroka-Beartooth Mountain for summer pasture.

ÊTRE ET AVOIR

Dir: Nicolas Philibert

Fantastic film by acclaimed French documentarist Nicolas Philibert that charts half a year in the life of George Lopez and his infant and junior pupils at a tiny, single-class school in the Auvergne. Philibert reaches an extraordinary intimacy with his subjects that is never voyeuristic.

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.