WAR AND PEACE

Dir: Anand Patwardhan

Filmed over fourtumultuous years in India, Pakistan, Japan and the USA following nuclear tests in the Indian sub-continent War and Peace is a documentary journey of peace activism in the face of global militarism and war.

Narrated by British actor John Hurt, Hidden Wars, offers insights about the history of Western involvement in the Middle-East, about the origins of the Gulf war and about the very course of the war itself. It also reveals the hidden U.S. Government's political agenda behind the ongoing embargo strangling the population of Iraq and also about the not-so-mysterious Gulf war syndrome plaguing both veterans and local populations.

In the summer of 2000, members of the Nobel Peace Prize nominated Voices in the Wilderness, a campaign to stop the economic sanctions against Iraq, committed an act of civil disobedience. Facing up to twelve years in jail and fines in excess of one-million dollars, the delegates went to live in Basra, Iraq with families who survive on the U.N. Oil for Food Program rations. Greetings from Missile Street shows ordinary people living in Iraq, who have paid the price under economic sanctions.

LAS MADRES DE PLAZA DE MAYO

Dir: Susana Blaustein Munoz & Lourdes Portillo

This Academy award-nominated documentary about the Argentinian mothers' movement to demand to know the fate of 30,000 "disappeared" sons and daughters remains as extraordinarily powerful as when it was first released. As well as giving an understanding of Argentinian history in the '70s and '80s, LAS MADRES shows the empowerment of women in a society where women are expected to be silent. LAS MADRES provides a banner of hope in the international struggle for human rights.

Fellini: I'm a Born Liar is a 2002 French documentary based on Federico Fellini's last confessions in Rome in 91 and 92, the film eschews straightforward biography to highlight the Italian director's unorthodox working methods, conscience, and philosophy.

BELONGING

Dir: Tamara Gordon

This is a film with a gripping personal narrative, with tears and triumph, with some humour as well as disappointment. And in the most painful and poignant way shows life in Cambodia today.

Mike is an ex-boxer who lives in Salford with his son Thomas and tries to give Thomas a way out of poverty and crime - the art of boxing. As Thomas' first fight approaches, he father asks: 'Are you going to make me proud?'

Roger and Me is a feature-length documentary film chronicling the efforts of the world's largest corporation, General Motors, as it turns its hometown of Flint, Michigan, into a ghost town.

Straddling a line between documentary and science fiction, Werner Herzog's Lessons of Darkness is an epic visual poem set in the burning oil fields of Kuwait following the 1990-1991 Persian Gulf War.