Friday 2 November, 2018

We're kicking off November with a run of Putin's Witnesses. Fresh from its London Film Festival premiere, Vitaly Mansky's latest mines his incredible archive of all-access footage from the early 2000s to create an eerie first-hand retelling of Putin's rise to power. Also opening this evening, the beautifully lyrical Black Mother is director Khalik Allah's ode to Jamaica, described as a 'spiritual exploration' of the island's past and present.

Our next 'DocHouse First' film explores Serbia's modern history and the legacy of Tito's Yugoslavia through the life story of the filmmaker's mother: academic and activist Srblijanka Turajlic. Director Mila Turajlic is joining us in London for a Q&A screening of The Other Side of Everything on Wednesday 7 November, and the film then opens on a run on Friday 9 Novemer.

From 9 November we'll also be launching 'The State of the Union', a short season of films (hot on the heels of Trump's midterm elections) on life in America today. First up, Time for Ilhan follows rising political star Ilhan Omar, the first Somali Muslim woman to be elected to state office, who is now running to become a member of Congress. From the 16 November, you can catch two different views of life in Baltimore, as we play both Charm City - an intimate look at the disenfranchised inner city through its community leaders and law enforcement - and This is Home, a powerful portrait of Syrian asylum seekers adapting to life in their new country. Finally, we delve into the world of the high-value art market in The Price of Everything, as director Nathaniel Kahn investigates the outrageous figures in the US contemporary art auction scene.  

Throughout that fortnight, we also have several events to note, starting with a director Q&A screening of Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable on Sunday 11 November. This Q&A, part of the UK Jewish Film Festival, marks the return of our 'On Photography' strand, and if you can't make it on the 11 November there will be further screenings of the film later in the month. On Weds 14 November, there's a one-off chance to see Magic Medicine which follows the first medical trials using the psychoactive ingredient in magic mushrooms to treat clinical depression, followed by a Q&A with director Monty Wates. 

From 23 November, we'll be playing Erika Cohn's intimate portrait of Judge Kholoud, the first woman judge to be appointed to a Shari'a court. Erika will join us for a Q&A on the 23rd to launch our run of The Judge

Next up is a David-and-Goliath story set in rural Ireland, pitching farmer Thomas Reid against a multinational tech corporation making a bid to take over his land. Our Q&A screening of The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid on Saturday 24 November is part of the London Irish Film Festival, and you can catch several follow up screenings after that.

Rounding off November, on the 30 November we open both So Help Me God, a wry look at outspoken Brussels judge Anne Gruwez, and the Sundance smash Three Identical Strangers, telling the jaw-dropping story of reunited triplets – which starts off astonishing, and gets wilder from there.