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.

AMAZING GRACE

Dir: Alan Elliott & Sydney Pollack

The lost treasure of Sydney Pollack’s observational footage from 1972 has finally surfaced; witness the sonic brilliance of Aretha Franklin as she recorded her bestselling album Amazing Grace in an L.A. Baptist Church.

HONEYLAND

Dir: TAMARA KOTEVSKA, LJUBOMIR STEFANOV

In a deserted Macedonian village, 50-something Hatidze, clambers up a hillside to check her bee colonies nestled in the rocks; but disruption is coming. With beautiful cinematography evocative of Caravaggio, Honeyland explores nature’s vulnerability under capitalist demand.

Aquarela

Dir: Victor Kossakovsky

A car disappears through the ice on a Siberian lake, colossal melting icebergs crack and rumble against the Finnish symphonic heavy metal soundtrack, while towering waves curl in this spectacular and devastating vision.

GAZA

Dir: Garry Keane & Andrew McConnell

This elegantly shot and masterfully crafted portrait of Palestinian life offers a rare chance to be immersed in the heart of Gaza.

The Cave

Dir: Feras Fayyad

The story of a doctor who worked on the outskirts of Damascus, whilst 400,000 people are trapped in a relentless bombardment which has been going on for years.

With the skyscrapers of the City glinting nearby, the traditional working-class inhabitants of East London's Hoxton Street navigate the rough seas of gentrification and austerity, in a revealing portrait of London today.