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Featuring a great selection of Australian and world premiere screenings and high profile international and local filmmakers, the festival coincides with the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC).


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scared sacred

Award-winning Canadian filmmaker Velcrow Ripper uncovers stories of profound loss and trauma, survival and resilience in corners of the globe.


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endangered + dark horse

Genesis Potini emerges as much more than Gisborne's reigning speed chess player in Dark Horse. Screens with the refreshingly forthright Endangered.


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looking for reconciliation? + brown

Looking for Reconciliation? investigates how a nation may transcend a violent and traumatic history to create a new society. Screens with BRown.


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pulled from the rubble

A daughter's acutely honest reflections of her father's rehabilitation after surviving an explosive tragedy in Iraq that claimed many lives.


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beethoven's hair

Based on Russell Martin's best-seller of the same name, Weinstein's accomplished screen adaptation follows the trail of a lock of Beethoven's hair.


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a very english village: going for the kill

Luke Holland offers remarkable access to the closed and wary hunting fraternity and presents an unusually frank account of English country mores.


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the archive project

Hughes' assembles many sources to weave together a poetic call to reflection on the challenges faced by dissenting voices in security-conscious times.


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the boys of baraka

An experimental boarding school in Kenya beckons as the last hope for a group of pre-teen boys of a future beyond addiction, unemployment or prison.


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how arnold won the west

An insightful documentary that follows the California Recall Election and Schwarzenegger assuming control of the world's fifth largest economy.


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anthem: an act of sedition

Anthem raises fundamental questions about the currency of freedoms and values co-opted in service of the 'War on Terror'.


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abortion, corruption & cops: the bertram wainer story

Moore's film charts Wainer's unswerving campaign to force the decriminalisation of abortion onto the political agenda.


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fever road

Kevin Hull's documentary forms part of the British produced Malaria series and received the 2005 One World Best Documentary Award.


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sisters in law

The two protagonists in Longinotto and Ayisi's documentary are female crusaders fearlessly wading into battles with the law on their side.


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silma's school

Silma's School is a portrait of an inspirational woman, mother and wife, and offers a rare insight into the Muslim community living in Sydney's West.


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song journey + children of migration

Song Journey is a celebration of Torres Strait Island culture. Screens with Children of Migration; a film about Pacific Islanders in New Zealand.


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how to sleep better

Bring your pen along to this special screening to find out if you're sleep deprived and if your lifestyle is affecting the quality of your sleep.


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the rest is silence + touch the sound

The Rest is Silence screens with Touch the Sound - a remarkable journey with Grammy Award-winning percussionist, Evelyn Glennie.


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bedroom radio + jisoe

DJs Gary and Yvonne broadcast from a tough housing estate in Bedroom Radio. Screens with Jisoe a story about a young Melbourne graffiti artist.


love in a time of sickness + ask me i'm positive

Love in a Time of Sickness explores the complexity of relating whilst  HIV-infected, screens with the poignantly affirming Ask Me I'm Positive.


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this time lucky + memory for max, claire, ida and company

This Time Lucky is a short about a couple of septuagenarian twins intent on finding love late in life. See beyond the pathology of dementia in Memory.


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john & jane

'Glen' and 'Sydney' are westernised young Indians who answer American 1-800 numbers in a Mumbai call centre. 


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love, speed & loss

Kim Newcombe is remembered as the New Zealander who came second in the 1973 World 500 Grand Prix Championship.


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my green friday + welcome 2 my deaf world

My Green Friday is a light-hearted film about seeing the world in another way. Screens with the charming and humorous Welcome 2 My Deaf World.


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wedding sari showdown + banana in a nutshell

Both these films address cultural issues in relationships between couples of different ethnic backgrounds - mostly a result of disapproving parents.


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story of a beautiful country

Shot entirely from the front seat of a minibus taxi, Matabane travels the country in search of the Promised Land: the new, democratic South Africa.


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final solution

Final Solution is a raw and confronting view of the politics of hate. Banned in India for months, the film became an international cause célèbre.


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a difficult case + the bridge at midnight trembles

The Bridge at Midnight Trembles follows Richard Moir through the physical burden of Parkinson's Disease as his career fades and his marriage crumbles.


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paul's beautiful laundrette + betelnut bisnis

An insight into the social network surrounding one of the most widely used narcotics in the world - betelnut. Follows Paul's Beautiful Laundrette.


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sentences + iraq, my country: an exile's return to samawa

Far from the usual media spin on life in Iraq, this production is an intimate view of a nation on the cusp of dramatic change. Screens with Sentences.


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sophiatown: blues for mandela

This award-winning docu-musical recounts the fascinating history of Johannesburg's 'Harlem' where a melting pot of talent thrived during the 1950s.


 
 
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