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NICARAGUA, A NATION'S RIGHT TO SURVIVE

Dir: John Pilger & Alan Lowery

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'.

DEATH OF A NATION, THE TIMOR CONSPIRACY

Dir: David Munro & John Pilger

The exposure of another terrible human tragedy to which governments turned a blind eye, East Timor - a tiny country off the northern tip of Australia - is ruled by bloodshed and fear. More than 200,000 people were wiped out by neighbouring Indonesia. Since East Timor's liberation in 1999, this film's contribution has been recognised worldwide.

WAR GAMES

Dir: Marc Allen & Heather Baker

War Games is an intimate portrait of a community, recently devastated by war, struggling to put itself back together again and to stage an Olympic Games for thousands of children from the surrounding villages. 

LOST CHILDREN

Dir: Ali Samadi Ahadi & Oliver Stoltz

For over 18 years a civil war in Northern Uganda has dragged on almost completely unnoticed by the rest of the world. The rebels of the LRA (Lord's Resistance Army) are waging a bloody guerilla campaign. They abduct children and conscript them as soldiers, forcing them to kill their own people. 

KEEPERS OF MEMORY

Dir: Eric Kabera

Through eyewitness accounts and gripping footage, acclaimed director Eric Kabera takes a deeply moving look at the 1994 Rwandan genocide, its survivors, and the memories created in the victims' honour.

BEGIN, BEGAN, BEGUN

Dir: Sarah Vanagt

April 2004 is the month of mourning in the new Rwandan calendar. While the country is commemorating the 10th anniversary of the genocide, children play games. Filmmaker Sarah Vanagt spent the Easter holiday in a 'children's republic', governed by genocide orphans and refugee children in the war-torn border zone between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

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.

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.

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.

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.