Focusing on the phenomenon of her extraordinary voice, this film pays tribute to The First Lady of Song – Ella Fitzgerald.
A plunge into one of the most prestigious film schools, La Fémis in Paris, as acclaimed filmmaker Claire Simon observes the rigorous and demanding application process for the students vying for a highly coveted place.
Documenting the incredible work of Partners in Health, Bending the Arc tells the story of a small group of doctors dedicated to their mission to make high-quality healthcare available to everyone, even in the world’s poorest countries.
An uplifting and vibrant film following an inner city Baltimore high school Step team. Under the guidance of their mothers and mentors, the ‘Lethal Ladies’ step team fight against the odds and use their dancing as a way to express themselves, unite their peers and keep chasing their dreams.
Motherland takes us into the heart of the world’s busiest maternity hospital in one of the most populous countries: The Philippines. An intimate and heart-warming vérité portrait of women taking the first steps on their journey of motherhood.
Director Raed Andoni seeks out former detainees of an infamous Israeli interrogation centre to construct a replica of the prison as the backdrop to a cathartic and challenging roleplay where the men re-enact their real-life experiences.
The Amazon pink river dolphin is being hunted to extinction, but two activists will do whatever it takes to protect the species. Complex and surprising, A River Below digs into the ethics of activism in the modern media age.
Filmmaker Steve James chronicles the legal battle fought by Abacus Federal Savings Bank of Chinatown, a small family run business which was also the only bank prosecuted in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.
Following activist group The Combatants for Peace, Disturbing the Peace tells the story of former enemies from both sides of the Israel-Palestine conflict who have joined together to work towards a resolution and to stand up for what they believe in.
Heart surgeon turned comedian Bassem Youssef became known as the "Egyptian Jon Stewart" after his satirical TV show became a nationwide hit. At great personal risk, Youssef took on successive oppressive regimes during the turbulent Arab Spring.
This must-be-seen short film event is presented by Doc Heads, in association with Film London, Film Hub London and BFI Film Audience Network. Doc Heads believes that shortform is the future and this new programme premieres films from some of the most exciting filmmakers of the moment.
Tickets now on sale for our live satellite event of the UK premiere of Dancer, followed by a Q&A and live performance by Sergei Polunin.