Documentaries that explore true stories in gripping fashion, ranging in form from observational marvels, rousing crowd-pleasers and beyond to some of the most exciting boundary pushers in creative non-fiction.
Fancy something a little different? Our new Discovery Passes are designed to help you explore the hidden treasures in our programme. Carefully curated by our programmers, it’s a way of discovering the Festival treats you might have otherwise missed.
To make them extra-tempting, these films are available for the special price of three for £30. And as films sell out we will add new titles to the list.
Just choose any three films from our curated selections and use the code DISCOVER before adding seats to your basket. The ‘Discovery Pass’ price will then become available to select.
Dir Sébastien Lifshitz | France
This captivating coming-of-age documentary follows best friends Anaïs and Emma for five years of teenagehood.
Read more about Adolescents
Dir Daniel Gordon | Australia
A thought-provoking documentary about the Australian Rules football star Adam Goodes that raises crucial questions about casual racism.
Read more about The Australian Dream
Dir-Scr Alex Gibney | USA-UK
Multiple award-winning documentarian Alex Gibney returns with a fascinating exploration of the contemporary Russian political landscape and a portrait of oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky.
Read more about Citizen K
Dir-Scr Rodney Ascher, David Lawrence, Ryan Sexton. | USA
Assembled from a treasure trove of archive VHS footage, the wild story of punk rock’s most outrageous provocateur is not for the faint of heart.
Read more about The El Duce Tapes
Dir-Prod Pailin Wedel | Thailand-USA
Pailin Wedel’s award-winning documentary is an emotional chronicle of parents doing what they believe is best for their child, no matter what the cost.
Read more about Hope Frozen
Dir-Scr Joel Zito Araújo | Brazil
An outstanding documentary that unravels with skill and precision the life of an extraordinary man whose myth and music has endured long after his death.
Read more about My Friend Fela
Dir Sasha Joseph Neulinger | USA
Through unflinching interviews and home video footage, Sasha Joseph Neulinger’s powerful and frank film investigates the history of his childhood trauma.
Read more about Rewind
Dir Kim Longinotto | Ireland-USA
Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Kim Longinotto (Dreamcatcher) sketches a captivating portrait of defiant Sicilian photographer Letizia Battaglia, whose extraordinary work recorded the Mafia’s violent crimes.
Read more about Shooting the Mafia
Dir-Scr Suhaib Gasmelbari | France-Sudan-Germany-Chad-Qatar
This beautifully shot feature debut, winner of the Berlinale Best Documentary Award, couldn’t be timelier for Sudan.
Read more about Talking About Trees
Dir Anna Eborn | Sweden-Denmark-Belgium
Anna Eborn’s dreamy documentary details six teenagers coming of age over the course of one year whilst marooned in Transnistra, a Soviet-style breakaway republic sandwiched between Moldova and Ukraine.
Read more about Transnistra
Dir Nuno Escudeiro | Italy-France
On the idyllic mountainous border of France and Italy, local residents are self-organising in order to help refugees, while law enforcers adopt underhand methods to intervene.
Read more about The Valley