Upcoming films & events

The spectacular Fire of Love tells the story of intrepid French scientists Katia and Maurice Krafft, who died in a volcanic explosion doing the very thing that brought them together: unraveling the mysteries of our planet.

The Territory

Dir: Alex Pritz

A network of government-backed farmers is eating into indigenous territory in the Brazilian rainforest, but a local activist and his team are fighting back with a video camera as a weapon.

Karlheinz Stockhausen’s mammoth-opera opera LICHT contains 29 hours of music performed by 500 musicians and dancers spread out over 10 days. But his magnum opus was never staged - No opera company was ever brave (or rash) enough to produce it. Until now.
 

Sisters of the Trees

Dir: Amila Menéndez & Lucas Peñafort

Among the arid lands of Rajasthan, surrounded by marble mines, there is an oasis: a village called Piplantri, where women are no longer afraid of giving birth to a girl, who historically would have been seen as a burden.
 

Moonage Daydream

Dir: Brett Morgen

Told through sublime, kaleidoscopic, never-before-seen footage, performances and music, Brett Morgen’s (The Kid Stays in the Picture, Cobain: Montage of Heck, Jane) feature length experiential cinematic odyssey explores David Bowie’s creative, musical and spiritual journey.

Midwives

Dir: Hnin Ei Hlaing

In western Myanmar, two women defy strict ethnic divisions to work side by side in a makeshift clinic, treating Rohingya women where no-one else will. Over five years, we witness their complicated relationship, amid ever-increasing chaos and violence in Rakhine State.

Sidney

Dir: Reginald Hudlin

This revealing documentary honours the legendary Sidney Poitier and his legacy as an iconic actor, filmmaker and activist at the centre of Hollywood and the Civil Rights Movement.

Master Chilean filmmaker Patricio Guzmán sets out on a journey through the the immense mountain range that makes up his country's spine, exploring its mysteries, and powerful revelations of Chile's past and present history.

Since the annexation of Crimea by Putin, the travelling exhibition, Crimea – Gold and Treasures of the Black Sea, has become a tool in a power struggle between Russia and Ukraine, both
claiming the collection as their own. The Netherlands unwillingly became a referee. To which party should the exhibition be returned?

A Story of Bones

Dir: Joseph Curran & Dominic Aubrey de Vere

As the Chief Environmental Officer for Saint Helena’s troubled £285m ($360m) airport project, Annina Van Neel learned of the island’s most terrible atrocity – an unmarked mass burial ground of an estimated 9,000 formerly enslaved Africans in Rupert’s Valley. It is one of the most significant traces of the transatlantic slave trade still on earth.

What happens when sixteen emerging filmmakers are given access to the BBC archives to create a new short film to mark the BBC centenary? Developed with mentoring from professional filmmakers who use archive film in their practice, these new films uncover the forgotten histories of underrepresented communities, on themes including the environment, mental health, youth culture and cultural diversity.

Rising filmmaker Rahul Jain (Machines) returns to Delhi and explores the dramatic consequences of India’s growing economy through stunning visuals, capturing not only a city in crisis but magnifying our collective climate realities.

A richly cinematic portrait of a fearless artist, Nothing Compares charts Sinéad OʼConnor's phenomenal rise to worldwide fame, before her iconoclastic personality led to her exile from the pop mainstream.

Music Is My Life

Dir: Mpumi "Supa" Mbele

Music is My Life tells the story of South African musician, the late Joseph Shabalala, who rose to international fame with his band Ladysmith Black Mambazo after contributing to Paul Simon’s massively successful Graceland album.

Film Africa 2022: Yoon

Dir: Pedro Figueiredo Neto & Ricardo Falcão

Mbaye Sow is a one-man Amazon store. In his mostly trusty Peugeot 504, he receives orders and delivers merchandise along the 4000km that separate the two places he calls home, Portugal and Senegal.