Festival Program

  • For nearly a year and a half, 45 prison inmates in Lebanon’s largest prison found themselves working together to present their version of Reginald Rose’s play 12 Angry Men, which they rename 12 Angry Lebanese.

    Zeina Daccache
  • A dramatic story of idealism, loyalty, crime, and betrayal, Better This World goes to the heart of the “war on terror” and its impact on civil liberties and political dissent in the United States after 9/11.

    Katie Galloway and Kelly Duane de la Vega
  • A poignant and powerful documentary, Familia sensitively observes one matriarch's decision to go to work as a hotel maid in Spain and the impact that choice has on her extended family in Peru.

    Mikael Wiström and Alberto Herskovits
  • Part political thriller, part memoir, Granito takes us through a haunting tale of genocide and justice that spans four decades, two films, and filmmaker Pamela Yates’s own career.

    Pamela Yates, Peter Kinoy and Paco de Onis
  • How far would you go to create change? In December 2005 Daniel McGowan, a prominent New York City social justice organizer, was arrested by federal agents in a nationwide sweep of activists linked to crimes by the Earth Liberation Front (ELF)—a group the FBI has called America's "number one domestic terrorism threat."

    Marshall Curry (director) and Sam Cullman (co-director)
  • What is the cost of truth for families immobilised by Colombia’s violent past? In 2005, Colombia started gathering evidence about the horrific violence being carried out by illegal paramilitias in a highly controversial Justice and Peace process.

    Juan José Lozano and Hollman Morris
  • When the wife of Carlos Rodriguez said goodbye to her husband as he left for work at the Palace of Justice on November 6, 1985 – she never imagined the next time she would see him would be on a video tape decades later, being escorted by Colombian soldiers at gunpoint out of the building.

    Angus Gibson and Miguel Salazar
  • Life, Above All reinvents the coming-of-age story when a young girl must maintain the facade of a normal life amidst utter instability.

    Oliver Schmitz
  • Meet the residents of Los Angeles’ Skid Row as they prove to the world – you don’t need a roof over your head to build a community.
    Thomas Napper
  • Jailed for running away from home to escape abuse, for allegations of adultery, and other “moral crimes,” the women of Afghanistan’s Badum Bagh prison band together to fight for their freedom.
    Tanaz Eshaghian
  • In Diary, a highly personal and experimental film that expressed the subjective experience of his work, Tim Hetherington turns the camera inward after more than a decade reporting. A panel of friends and collaborators will discuss his work and legacy.

    Tim Hetherington
    20m (film) 60m (Discussion)
  • With remarkable intimacy, visual style, and musical panache, Susanne Rostock’s documentary, Sing Your Song, surveys the inspiring life of singer, actor, and activist Harry Belafonte.
    Susanne Rostock
  • The Green Wave is an artistic portrait of modern political rebellion, an exposé of government-sanctioned violence, and a vision of hope that continued resistance may galvanize a new future not just for Iran but for the region as a whole.

    Ali Samadi Ahadi
  • The Price of Sex is an unprecedented inquiry into a dark side of immigration: the underground criminal network of human trafficking and the experiences of Eastern European women forced into prostitution abroad.
    Mimi Chakarova
  • Can one TV show save a nation? Patrick Reed’s remarkable film brings us behind the scenes of an innovative television series which aims to ease tribal tensions and set the stage for open dialogue and understanding.

    Patrick Reed
  • An American police officer's expectations of helping to rebuild a devastated country are dashed when she uncovers a dangerous reality of corruption, cover-up and intrigue amid a world of private contractors and multinational diplomatic doubletalk.

    Larysa Kondracki
  • Hebron is the largest city in the occupied West Bank, home to 160,000 Palestinians. It is also home to one of the first Israeli settlements in the West Bank and the only one right in the heart of a Palestinian city.

    Giulia Amati and Stephen Natanson
  • In the early 1980s, death squads roamed the Guatemalan countryside in a war against the unarmed indigenous population that went largely unreported in the international media. A unique group of filmmakers threw themselves into the task of bringing the crisis to the world’s attention.

    Directed by Pamela Yates and Newton Thomas Sigel, Produced and Edited by Peter Kinoy
  • You Don’t Like the Truth – 4 Days Inside Guantanamo is a stunning documentary based on security camera footage from an encounter in Guantanamo Bay between a team of Canadian intelligence agents and Canadian citizen Omar Khadr, then a 16-year-old detainee.

    Luc Côté and Patricio Henríquez