Films in Debate
Riveting films that amplify, scrutinise, argue and surprise.
Dir-Scr Samuel Maoz | Germany-Israel-France
Expanding from the claustrophobic confines of his award-winning Lebanon, Samuel Maoz presents a provocative portrait of the mind-set of generations subject to Israeli military conscription.
Read more about Foxtrot
Dir-Scr Lissette Orozco | Chile
A Chilean documentary filmmaker plunges into a family’s darkest secret, with irreversible consequences.
Read more about Adriana’s Pact
Dir-Scr Kaouther Ben Hania | Tunisia-France-Norway-Lebanon-Qatar-Sweden-Switzerland
A night transforms into a nightmare as one woman attempts to seek justice but discovers her helplessness in the face of institutionalised patriarchy.
Read more about Beauty and the Dogs
Dir-Scr Joanna Kos-Krauze, Krzysztof Krauze | Poland
In this visually striking and perceptive analysis of trauma, Anna and Claudine return to Poland after witnessing the Rwandan massacres.
Read more about Birds are Singing in Kigali
Dir Michael Woodward | UK-USA
Leave your fear of heights at home before venturing to this exhilarating documentary, where six women take part in some vertiginous direct action.
Read more about The Climb
Dir-Scr Xavier Legrand | USA-UK
Winner of the Best Director and Best First Feature prizes at the Venice Film Festival, this taut, tense drama heralds an exciting filmmaker to watch.
Read more about >Custody
Dir-Scr Everardo González | Mexico
The horror of Mexico’s drug war is revealed through the shattering first-hand testimonies of both victims and perpetrators in this astonishing documentary by Everardo González.
Read more about Devil’s Freedom
Dir Peter Bratt | USA
The life and achievements of little-known but indomitable civil rights activist Dolores Huerta are celebrated in Peter Bratt’s inspiring and intimate documentary.
Read more about Dolores
Dir-Prod-Scr Lois Weber | USA
Female filmmaking pioneer Lois Weber presents a grand opera adapted for silent film, starring the divine Anna Pavlova in her only feature film role.
Read more about The Dumb Girl of Portici
Dir Roland Joffé | South Africa-UK
Forest Whitaker and Eric Bana are extraordinary as Desmond Tutu and Piet Blomfeld in this tense political drama.
Read more about The Forgiven
Dir Steven Eastwood | UK
A haunting, deeply moving documentary set among terminally ill cancer patients.
Read more about Island
Dir-Scr Jessica M Thompson | USA
Stephanie Beatriz stars in this powerful and involving portrait of a confident New Yorker trying to regain control of her life after a sexual assault.
Read more about The Light of the Moon
Dir-Scr Alex Gibney | USA-UK
No Stone Unturned is a suspenseful and profoundly effective true crime investigation from Academy-Award winning documentarian Alex Gibney.
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Dir-Prod-Scr Med Hondo | Mauritania
This beautifully restored, prize-winning film offers a scathing attack on colonialism and a shocking exposé of racism.
Read more about Oh, Sun!
Dir Nabil Ayouch | France
Five separate tales intertwine to tell the story of Moroccan society past and present.
Read more about Razzia
Dir-Scr Anup Singh | Switzerland-France-Singapore
Golshifteh Farahani and Irrfan Khan star in this revenge fantasy about a camel driver falling in love with a strong-minded young woman who can heal scorpion bites.
Read more about The Song of Scorpions
Dir Diego Lerman | Argentina-Brazil-France
Adoption doesn’t go according to plan in this Argentinian knockout, when biological parents hold a nervy foster mother, brilliantly played by Bárbara Lennie, to ransom.
Read more about A Sort of Family
Dir Agnieszka Holland | Poland-Germany-Czech Republic-Sweden-Slovakia
Set against the forest landscape of the Polish-Czech borders, Agnieszka Holland’s ‘feminist black comedy’ is also a thriller examining a sequence of bizarre murders.
Read more about Spoor
Dir Lucas Belvaux | France
Emilie Dequenne plays a young woman lured into standing as candidate for the French far right in this provocative political drama from director Lucas Belvaux.
Read more about This is Our Land
Dir-Scr Barbet Schroeder | France-Switzerland
Barbet Schroeder’s documentary about a Buddhist monk espousing anti-Muslim hatred is a frighteningly resonant account of racist and nationalist rhetoric leading to horrendous violence.
Read more about The Venerable W.
Dir Henri-Georges Clouzot | France-Italy
Brigitte Bardot gives her greatest performance in Clouzot’s bitter drama about a free-spirited young woman in a fraught relationship in late 1950s Left Bank Paris.
Read more about La Vérité
Short films programme
Tales from a fearful world seem to circulate constantly as we face an ever-changing climate of war and terror. As the map of the world’s population continues to evolve, we question identity, scrutinise belonging, compromise culture and defend our homes. Yet there is hope when fear evaporates and unity prevails.
Read more about Distilled Identities