The Forbidden Reel tells how the Afghan cinematic archive was rescued from destruction by the Taliban. And what an archive it is: it reveals a rich auteur cinema reflecting a long forgotten Afghanistan.

 

Lucy Parker's subtle but fierce account of blacklisting in the UK construction industry reveals the longlasting impact on workers who found themselves unemployable after their names were added to a secret list.

In a tiny Greek village, hit hard by the economic crisis, cousins Christo and Alexandros are thinking creatively about their tomato farm. With ingenuity, patience and the help of five grannies, they are about to crack the international organic food market.

China Love

Dir: Olivia Martin-McGuire

Focussing on the $30 billion 'pre-wedding' photography industry, Olivia Martin-McGuire explores how China has developed from its traditional past, and how the new China Dream applies to romance.

The Kingmaker

Dir: Lauren Greenfield

Having spent her years as the First Lady of the Philippines on a heady monopolistic rampage, buying up European jewellery shops and iconic New York skyscrapers, Imelda Marcos is looking for a way to regain political control.

 

Butterfly

Dir: Alessandro Cassigoli & Casey Kauffman

18-year-old Irma Testa is idolised in her native Italy when she becomes the first woman to make it onto the Olympic boxing team. But soon, Irma is questioning whether she has sacrificed too much to make it to the top.

In a Chinese Buddhist orphanage in Africa, Enock Alu, is one of three hundred orphans from across rural Malawi, growing up between the contrasting worlds of traditional village life and the strict discipline of the Confucian, Buddhist value system of the Chinese.

When the Taliban threatens filmmaker Hassan Fazili’s life, he goes on the run with his wife and two small daughters. Filmed entirely on their mobile phones, this festival favourite places us deep inside the refugee journey.

Advocate

Dir: Rachel Leah Jones & Philippe Bellaiche

For decades, Lea Tsemel has defended her Palestinian clients in Israeli courts, arguing their right to protest their occupation any way they see fit. This award-winning documentary follows her as she takes on two difficult new cases.