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Dirty Wars

Dirty Wars

Game of Thrones has been everywhere in the last week, including Google’s Zeitgeist Conference, but Sheffield Doc/Fest is perhaps the last place you’d expect to find it. And yet, in a sense, there it will be. With all the talk of blind loyalty to a cause, this doublethink-like ability to switch sides at will and most of all the slaughtering of heirs, Dirty Wars has these epic-fantasy themes streaking right through it. … Read entire article »

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No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka

No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka

Two years ago Channel 4 aired a shocking documentary. The film, directed by Callum Macrae, was almost made entirely out of extremely distressing amateur videos depicting the gruesome horrors of the Sri Lankan civil war in 2009. Presented by Jon Snow, ‘Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields’ became known as one of the most graphic and disturbing documentaries in British television history and won the team a Nobel Peace Prize-nomination. … Read entire article »

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6 Documentaries not to miss at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival

6 Documentaries not to miss at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival

Kicking off with a screening of Kim Longinotto’s new documentary Salma, the Human Rights Watch Film Festival will take over various cinemas in London to raise awareness for breaches of the most basic rights that we as a people should all be granted. … Read entire article »

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Salma – highlighting the need for worldwide female equality

Salma – highlighting the need for worldwide female equality

Known for her intimate and poignant portraits, documentary filmmaker Kim Longinotto presents another great film highlighting the broader subject of female inequality by looking at the plight of one strong rolemodel, Salma. … Read entire article »

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Fire in the Blood documentary lays bare ‘greed vs care’ battle

Fire in the Blood documentary lays bare ‘greed vs care’ battle

If there were 30 million white people in the Western world that would need an existing medicine in order to survive, would we give it to them, no matter the cost? The answer, we all know, is yes. But why then have we allowed people in the developing countries to drop dead like flies when we knew that the secret in keeping them alive was hidden in a widely available combination of three magic pills. … Read entire article »

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DocHouse presents: In My Mother’s Arms

DocHouse presents: In My Mother’s Arms

“By showing this group of children of different ages and backgrounds; Sunni, Shiite, Kurd and Turkuman, all living under one roof, we would be uncovering a small part of Iraq that symbolises its whole,” say brothers Atia and Mohamed Al-Daradji about their documentary In My Mother’s Arms, which you can catch in London this week. … Read entire article »

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Call me Kuchu: the battle against homophobia in Uganda

Call me Kuchu: the battle against homophobia in Uganda

A year ago, I interviewed a young native teacher from a First Nations reserve in Canada, near the city of Montreal. He was openly gay and hoped that time and education would change the way his tight-knit and judgemental community viewed LGBT people. It was a lonely journey for him, but he had no intention of leaving the reserve. “This here is my country. This is my home,” he said. “Whenever you do something, you … Read entire article »

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