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AFGHAN STAR + Dir. Q&A

Dir: Havana Marking

Afghan Star was watched by a third of the population of Afghanistan. Over 11 million people, in voting for their favourites, experienced a taste of democracy. Afghan Star is a small but significant unifying force for the country's diverse ethnic groups; a celebration of hope in the midst of adversity, 'the aim is to take the people's hand from weapons to music'.

Grierson Award nominated affectionate doc/improvised fiction about artificially intelligent robot dogs and the emotional relationships with their owners. Using voice and face recognition these $3000 robot pets raise questions of how much humans can bond with machines and if it's really possible to buy love.

ON A TIGHTROPE

Dir: Petr Lom

Chinese orphans struggle to learn the ancient Uighur tradition of tightrope walking in this extraordinary story. Filmmaker Petr Lom gained unprecedented access to the Uighur people, China's largest Muslim minority, to tell this story of triumph over adversity.

50 years after Europe warred on the battlefield its competitive spirit is now satisfied with singing contests. Funny and moving in equal measure Sounds Like Teen Spirit tells the story of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest where pint sized talents from Sweden to Ukraine sing their 10-15 year old hearts out.

THE MASTERS OF THE HOUSE

Dir: Ludovica Fale

Graziana, a young Italian woman, like so many of her generation aspires to a glittering career in the media. While trying to pass her law degree, she suddenly finds herself implicated in Prime Minister Berlusconi's infamous sex scandal saga. After such notoriety, what are her options in the Italy of Il Padrone di Casa?

UP THE YANGTZE

Dir: Yung Chang

China's massive Three Gorges Dam is altering the landscape and the lives of people living along the fabled Yangtze River. As the river rises, countless ancient villages will be submerged forcing 2 million people to lose their homes and livelihoods.

CORRIDOR #8

Dir: Boris Despodov

In 1997 the EU launched Corridor # 8 – a massive project to build a road connecting the Black Sea to the Adriatic and the people of Bulgaria, Macedonia and Albania to each other for the first time. Ten years on, not much has happened, and the residents along the proposed route are not sure what to make of it – after all, who said they wanted to be connected up in the first place?

LAST RESORT

Dir: Pawel Pawlikowski

Tanya comes to England with her 12 year old son Artiom to marry a man she fell in love with. When the latter fails to appear at the airport, immigration try to send her back. Desperate, Tanya claims political asylum and is sent to a bleak, out-of-season seaside resort from which there is no escape. 

TWOCKERS

Dir: Pawel Pawlikowski

Pawel made the transition to fiction in 1998 with this 50 minute hybrid film, a lyrical love story set on a sink estate in Yorkshire, which he co-wrote and co-directed with Ian Duncan. Trevor, played by a local boy, is a love-struck teenage criminal with a sideline in poetry, who tries to go straight in order to win the heart of his pregnant neighbour Amie.