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  • My Afghanistan

    Nagieb Khaja is a Danish journalist of Afghan origin and he believes that the West makes decisions on Afghanistan based on an uninformed view of the country and its people. Despite the volume of media produced about Afghanistan since the American invasion of 2001, it is rare to get a sense of wha...

  • Killing Gävle

    In the city of Gävle, Sweden, there is an annual fight between local custodians and mischievous pagans for the spirit of Christmas. Each year since 1966, local business owners have paid for a 40ft straw goat to be made and displayed in the main square for the Holiday season. In 37 of those years,...

  • The Chinese Mayor

    The Chinese Mayor tells the story of the controversial Chinese Mayor of Datong, Geng Yanbo and his radical attempts at reform, demolishing 140,000 households and relocating half a million people to restore the city's ancient walls. Believing that clean economic growth from tourism and culture wil...

  • Japan: Story Of Love And Hate

    Naoki, 56, lived a life of luxury in Japan's bubble economy days. But when Japan's economy crashed in the early 1990s he lost everything, ending up divorced and penniless. He was saved from homelessness by his new girlfriend, 29-year-old Yoshie, who took him in despite living in a tiny one-room a...

  • Salma

    When Salma, a young Muslim girl in a south Indian village, was 13 years old, her family locked her up for 25 years, forbidding her to study and forcing her into marriage. During that time, words were Salma's salvation. She began covertly composing poems on scraps of paper and, through an intricat...

  • Justice for Sale

    Justice for Sale follows the young, courageous Congolese human rights lawyer Claudine who refuses to accept that justice is indeed 'For Sale' in her country. When Claudine investigates the case of a soldier convicted of rape, she discovers that his trial was unfair and that he was convicted on th...

  • Pink Saris

    Sampat Pal Devi had had enough of the violence and lack of freedom in Indian women's lives and decided to take matters into her own hands. She gathered like-minded women together and, wearing pink, they started storming the offices of corrupt officials, hectoring and beating abusive husbands and ...

  • Art: Interrupted

    In the winter of 2012, the historic port town of Kochi, Kerala began the process of creating the largest art exhibition in India, and the biggest contemporary art exhibition in Asia. Filmmaker Hattie Bowering follows big name Indian and international artists' attempts at creating new and ambitiou...

  • Luana

    Luana Muniz is a 59 year old sex worker, known as 'Queen of Lapa' after the bohemian neighbourhood in Rio where she lives. Lapa is famous for its samba venues and also for the trans women who work on its streets, and Luana is one of them. She also owns a house that serves as a meeting point and h...

  • The Singing Contest

    The bird-singing contest in Rio, which showcases the talents of curiós – birds that are on the list of endangered species. We follow the preparations of a bird and its elderly owner in the lead-up to a competition.

  • The Favela Bar

    While many traditional bailes funk ('funk balls') have been prohibited in Rio's favelas, there has been a surge in the number of parties attended by upper-middle class youth in these communities. Tickets to exclusive parties in favelas can cost over $25, and the high price prevents local resident...

  • Letters for Peace

    In Brazil, the Spiritist movement is growing at a phenomenal rate. Followers believe that direct contact can be made with dead loved ones. In this film, we see the work of one of Spiritsm's proponents, Fernando Ben, as he claims to receive messages from a deceased man. Grief stricken relatives cl...

  • Township Architect

    Though apartheid in South-Africa was abolished in 1994 some of its institutions, such as townships, remain. Initially constructed to house black citizens as part of segregationist policy these are still home to underprivileged, largely-black communities. Experience life in the townships through i...

  • The Recurring Nightmare

    Filmmaker Khalo Matabane has a disturbing recurrent dream, where he sees his body in a coffin in the ground. To try and explore the meaning behind it, he enlists the help of a psychologist, and a traditional South African sangoma.

  • Black Rio

    Rio Brazil is a city where racism and inequality are alive and well despite much of its population having ancestral connections to slaves and a 53% of its population identifying itself as 'brown'. Today, women of colour such as Ludmilla must fight to empower themselves in the face of judgment and...

  • Team Qatar

    As part of its ambitious commitment to education, the government of Qatar hired a team of recent Oxford grads to coach the country's first national high school debate team for the World Schools Debating Championship in Washington DC,. Led by quintessentially witty Brit Alex, the five multicultura...

  • First Contact

    When Columbus and Cortez ventured into the New World, there was no technology to record the drama of this first encounter. But, in 1930, when the Leahy brothers penetrated the interior of Papua New Guinea in search of gold, they carried a movie camera. Thus, they captured on film their unexpected...

  • Horses

    Famed for its thoroughbreds, Ireland is the birthplace of some of horseracing's most celebrated steeds. Horses portrays this tradition through the eyes of its hooved protagonists, the people that surround them taking on secondary roles in the narrative. An exploration of equine character, this fi...

  • Office Tigers Meritocracy

    A four part documentary about an office full of young Indian professionals and the executives teaching them the rules of corporate culture. Set in an American-owned business process outsourcing company in India whose clients include the top investment banks in the world, the documentary offers a ...

  • Office Tigers Integrity

    A four part documentary about an office full of young Indian professionals and the executives teaching them the rules of corporate culture. Set in an American-owned business process outsourcing company in India whose clients include the top investment banks in the world, the documentary offers a ...

  • Office Tigers Accountability

    A four part documentary about an office full of young Indian professionals and the executives teaching them the rules of corporate culture. Set in an American-owned business process outsourcing company in India whose clients include the top investment banks in the world, the documentary offers a ...

  • Office Tigers Commitment to Clients

    A four part documentary about an office full of young Indian professionals and the executives teaching them the rules of corporate culture. Set in an American-owned business process outsourcing company in India whose clients include the top investment banks in the world, the documentary offers a ...

  • After The Dance

    After the Dance is a deeply personal film, by award-winning documentary maker Daisy Asquith, who unlocks a family secret that is still causing shame and outrage in an insulated village in County Clare, Ireland. Exploring the ongoing effects of her mother's conception after a dance in the west coa...

  • The Wonderful Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl Ep1

    Best known for Nazi propaganda film, Triumph of the Will, and Olympia, her documentary about the 1936 Olympics, Leni Riefenstahl was an undeniably extraordinary filmmaker. In Ray Muller's two-part exploration of her life and work, Riefenstahl claims to have prioritized art over politics, that her...