A Cambodian Spring

Cambodia, Ireland, Canada, United Kingdom | 2017 | 126 min | Khmer | Christopher Kelly

An intimate, visceral portrait of two young mothers and a 'multi-media' monk caught up in the chaotic wave of land-rights protests that led to the 2013 Cambodian Spring and the tragic events that followed.

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A Home in This World

New Zealand | 2018 | 15 min | English | Juanita Deely

Derek, the secret child of one of our finest writer-journalists, explores the state of mind of his mother, Robin Hyde, as she plans a bush hideaway just for the two of them.

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A Murder In Mansfield

United States | 2017 | 88 min | English | Barbara Kopple

In 1990, the testimony of 12-year-old Collier Landry sealed his father’s fate when a jury convicted the doctor of murdering his mother. 25 years later, Collier seeks a confession from his father…

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Andy’s Promise

Netherlands | 2017 | 15 min | Dutch | Nathalie Crum

13-year-old Andy made a promise to his grandfather and mother: never to abandon the military band which was their pride and joy. But the band will come to an end if Andy doesn’t find any new members.

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Anote’s Ark

Canada | 2018 | 77 min | English | Matthieu Rytz

Anote Tong, endearing President of Kiribati, advocates in international forums and investigates building underwater cities. Meanwhile, Sermary must decide whether to uproot her family and migrate to safety in New Zealand.

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Bar Talks By Schumann

Germany | 2017 | 95 min | English, German, Japanese, Spanish | Marieke Schroeder

Legendary cocktail-maker Charles Schumann perambulates through some of the most fascinating bars in the world, exploring the secrets of bar culture, uncovering the hearts and souls of bars.

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United States | 2018 | 101 min | English | Don Argott

Imagine Dragons frontman, Dan Reynolds, and Tyler Glenn, lead singer of Neon Trees, create a festival to encourage the Mormon church to change its attitude to the LGBTQIA+ community.

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Ben-Gurion, Epilogue

Israel, France, Germany | 2016 | 68 min | Hebrew, English | Yariv Mozer

David Ben-Gurion, 82, lives in the desert. Being removed from all political discourse allows him a perspective on the Zionist enterprise. His clear voice presents a surprising vision for the future of Israel.

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Big in Japan

Australia, Japan | 2018 | 95 min | English | Lachlan McLeod, Louis Dai, David Elliot-Jones

Three Aussie filmmakers ship their lives to Tokyo on an outrageous DIY mission to make 'ordinary' Dave famous. But how far must they go to reach the masses that real celebrity requires?

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Born This Way: Awa’s Story

New Zealand | 2017 | 40 min | English | Mitchell Hawkes

18-year-old Awa began the hormone component of her transition from male to female four years ago — an act of courage, and a journey to becoming her authentic self, both inside and out.

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Call Her Ganda

Philippines, United States | 2018 | 94 min | Tagalog | PJ Raval

When Filipina transgender woman Jennifer Laude is found dead in a motel room, the perpetrator is quickly identified as a U.S. marine. Three women intimately invested in the case pursue justice.

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Caviar Dreams

United States | 2017 | 15 min | English | Liv Dubendorf, Brian Gersten, Wei Ying

What's so special about caviar? Three directors weave a tapestry of tales that leave you knowing more than you ever thought possible about this unique delicacy.

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Chauka, Please Tell Us The Time

Netherlands, Papua New Guinea | 2017 | 90 min | Persian, English, Kurdish | Arash Kamali Sarvestani, Behrouz Boochani

Two journalists examine how the Manus Island detention centre is governed and what locals think about the existence of the camp on their island.

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New Zealand | 2017 | 14 min | English | Ella Wells

'Be Kind' is the mantra and ethos of K Rd's Coco's Cantina, where sisters Renee and Damaris Coulter serve homestyle Italian food – with an unconventional business model.

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United States, China, Hong Kong | 2017 | 90 min | Chinese | Heather White

Yi Yeting, a benzene victim-turned-activist, discovers two dozen leukaemia cases among Foxconn workers making Apple products in China. He vows to educate them and their families, empowering them to fight back.

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Deaf Child

Netherlands | 2017 | 71 min | Dutch | Alex De Ronde

Tobias lives in two worlds: one in need, the other as a fish in water. Director Alex de Ronde examines his choices in raising a deaf child. Ultimately, was he a good father?

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Dealin’ with the Devil

New Zealand | 2017 | 103 min | English | Phil Davison, Sue Marshall

Phil Davison and alter ego Dr. Marigaux take a deep, often disturbing road — full of blues music, animation and dry humour — through a heartfelt human tragedy to a shining gospel redemption.

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Deighties: Dating In Your Eighties

Australia | 2017 | 8 min | English | Mason Fleming

Having lost his wife 18 months earlier, octogenarian Phil decides he no longer wishes to be alone. So he embarks on a quest to find new love.

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Edible Paradise | Growing the Food Forest Revolution

New Zealand | 2018 | 62 min | English | Rich Humphreys

The dream of greening post-quake Canterbury, by saving heritage fruit and nut varieties from the bulldozers, and ensuring genetic diversity, medical benefits and historic links are available to future generations.

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United States | 2017 | 30 min | English | Laura Checkoway

Edith and Eddie, 96 and 95 respectively, are America's oldest interracial newlyweds. Their love story is disrupted by a family feud that threatens to tear the couple apart.

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Far From The Tree

United States | 2017 | 93 min | English | Rachel Dretzin

An inspiring look at the difficulties and rewards of both raising and being a child whose life is vastly different from that of his or her parents.

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For the Love of Dog

England | 2016 | 9 min | English | Kylie Cushman

Why are dogs called "Man’s Best Friend"?Kylie Cushman explores the age-old relationship between human and hound with hilarious, heart-warming and sometimes very unexpected results.

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Genesis 2.0

Switzerland | 2018 | 113 min | Russian, Korean, English | Christian Frei, Maxim Arbugaev

The secrets and mysteries hidden within nature reveal fundamental differences in views of creation and humankind’s role in it. Past and future, superstition and logic, a hunter and his scientist brother.

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George Michael: Freedom: The Directors’ Cut

United Kingdom | 2018 | 113 min | English | George Michael, David Austin

George Michael strove to be one of the most influential recording artists of all time – so why did he then step out of the limelight and turn his back on celebrity?

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Golden Dawn Girls

Norway, Finland | 2017 | 93 min | English, Greek, Norwegian | Håvard Bustnes

When the members of Greece’s Golden Dawn Party are imprisoned and accused of heading a criminal organization, their daughters, wives and mothers step up to take over.

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Hello Salaam

Netherlands, Greece | 2017 | 15 min | Dutch | Kim Brand

Two Dutch children visit a refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos. What is it like to live in such a camp when you are a child?

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Hope Road

Australia | 2017 | 102 min | English | Tom Zubrycki

Sudanese refugee Zac has a passion to build a school in his former homeland. But when his relationship crumbles, he needs all his resources to keep his dream alive.

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Hot to Trot

United States | 2017 | 88 min | English | Gail Freedman

For four same-sex dancers from the USA, Russia, Costa Rica and New Zealand, dance is a form of personal power and political engagement.

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I Am Another You

United States | 2017 | 82 min | English | Nanfu Wang

As immigrant Chinese filmmaker Nanfu Wang delves into the world of charismatic American drifter Dylan Olsen, she discovers something that calls her entire worldview into question.

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Insha’Allah Democracy

Pakistan, United States | 2017 | 82 min | English, Urdu | Mohammed Ali Naqvi

Mo Naqvi will vote during Pakistan's elections. But he has a tough choice — a religious hardliner, or a secular liberal leader who happens to be a former military dictator?

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Inside The Indus — A Pakistani Odyssey

New Zealand, Spain, France | 2017 | 27 min | English | Ciarán Heurteau

Extreme kayakers Kiwi Mike Dawson and Spaniard Aniol Serrasolses head to Pakistan with Franco-Irish filmmaker Ciarán Heurteau, to attempt a descent of the fabled Rondu Gorge on Pakistan's Indus River.

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Integral Man

Canada | 2016 | 62 min | English | Joseph Clement

He’s a concert-level violinist, calculus professor, philanthropist, and gay rights activist — a modern day renaissance man. His house, like its owner, is unlike anything else.

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United States | 2018 | 92 min | English, Hindi | Derek Doneen

Controversial Indian Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi has spent decades fighting for an end to child labour in India. But it’s dangerous work...

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Kayayo, The Living Shopping Baskets

Norway | 2016 | 33 min | Mari Bakke Riise

Eight-year-old Bamunu hasn’t seen her family since she left home to work as a “living shopping cart”. Longing to escape the harsh markets, she journeys back home — but what awaits her?

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Kicking All Odds

Palestine | 2017 | 21 min | Arabic | Hanny Lee

Despite religious, economic, and political hardships, Christian and Muslim women forge a Palestinian national soccer team.

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Kim Swims

United States | 2017 | 75 min | English | Kate Webber

Kiwi expat Kim Chambers chases her biggest dream: to be the first woman to swim solo through 50 kilometres of freezing, swirling currents and the world’s largest great white sharks.

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Kings of Baxter

Australia | 2017 | 66 min | English | Jack Yabsley

A challenging and emotional journey of young offenders and their teachers as they embark on a landmark programme to stage Shakespeare’s Macbeth in front of their fellow inmates and families.

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Knife Skills

United States | 2017 | 40 min | English | Thomas Lennon

What does it take to build a world-class French restaurant? What if the staff is almost entirely men and women just out of prison? Everyone has something to prove...

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Leitis in Waiting

United States, Tonga | 2018 | 70 min | English | Joe Wilson, Dean Hamer, Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu

An intrepid group of transgender women take on a rising tide of religious fundamentalism in their South Pacific kingdom.

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Lessons From a School Shooting

United States | 2018 | 22 min | English | Kim A. Snyder

In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, a local clergymen receives a letter from a priest in Dunblane, Scotland, which suffered an eerily similar fate in 1996.

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Netherlands | 2017 | 15 min | Dutch | Astrid Bussink

Sometimes all you need is a listening ear. The Child Helpline has one, but what would you tell a complete stranger?

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New Zealand | 2018 | 18 min | Korean | Joonseob Yi

South Korean-born Ha Chan-ho shares the life lessons of a 20-year journey to become a violin maker and repairer in New Zealand.

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Canada | 2017 | 76 min | English | Ali Weinstein

Five modern-day sirens dive deep into theme parks, conventions, tail-making studios and the ocean, aiming to escape reality and transform themselves into mermaids.

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Nests of Gold

Canada | 2017 | 19 min | English, Tagalog, Cantonese | Alan Poon

From remote island caves in the Philippines to a 3 Michelin star restaurant, cinematographer Alan Poon follows the journey of one of the world's most expensive foods, Bird's Nest Soup.

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United States | 2016 | 84 min | English | Kim A. Snyder

Unique access and never before heard testimonies tell of the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting of schoolchildren in American history — an intimate story of community resilience.

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New Zealand, Philippines | 2018 | 28 min | Filipino, English | Norman Zafra

Obrero ('worker') tells of the struggles and dreams of the Filipinos who are rebuilding Christchurch.

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Of Fathers and Sons

Germany, Syria, Lebanon, Qatar | 2017 | 99 min | Arabic | Talal Derki

In a radical Islamist family, Osama (13) and his brother Ayman (12) love, admire and obey their father, but have to let go of their youth...

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People’s Republic of Desire

United States, China | 2018 | 95 min | Chinese | Hao Wu

Two online streamers rise from isolation to fame and fortune in China, but can their new virtual relationships replace real-life human connections?

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Point Of No Return

United States | 2017 | 95 min | English | Quinn Kanaly, Noel Dockstader

Soaring at 28,000 feet without a drop of fuel, nothing is predictable. Certainly not the fate of a man, alone for five days in a fragile, first-of-its-kind solar-powered aircraft.

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Postcards from India — A Busker’s Adventure

Italy, United Kingdom | 2017 | 75 min | English, Hindi | Tommaso Dolcetta Capuzzo

Crossing paths with fellow musicians, spiritual seekers and street kids, reggae-loving busker 'Miserable Man' observes contrasts in Indian society – contemporary and traditional, East and West, ethics and aesthetics.

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Raghu Rai — An Unframed Portrait

Finland, India, Norway | 2017 | 55 min | English | Avani Rai

When Avani Rai accompanies her father, famous Indian photographer Raghu Rai, on a trip to Kashmir, the camera becomes a source of connection and friction.

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Recruiting for Jihad

Norway | 2017 | 81 min | Norwegian, English, Arabic, Danish | Ulrik Imtiaz Rolfsen, Adel Khan Farooq

When police seize documentary footage of a famous Norwegian jihadi extremist, filmmakers take their battle for press freedom all the way to the country's Supreme Court.

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New Zealand | 2018 | 22 min | English | Antony Kitchener, Simin Littschwager

Stavros Kyriakides creates delicately-balanced rock and driftwood sculptures along Wellington’s rugged south coast, complementing the area’s natural craggy beauty in subtle ways. But not everybody appreciates them.

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Rodents of Unusual Size

United States | 2018 | 71 min | English | Jeff Springer Chris Metzler, Quinn Costello

After decades of hurricanes and oil spills, Louisiana faces a new threat — hordes of monstrous, 10kg swamp rats. But the people who live here are not the type to give up without a fight.

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Salamasina’s Daughters

New Zealand | 2017 | 14 min | English | Aruna Po-Ching

In South Auckland, two Samoan women take on a role traditionally for men only — as tulafale (orator).

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Searching For The Bone People

New Zealand | 2017 | 29 min | English, French | Zihán Chang

Mathilde Caër, a young French Literature scholar, comes to New Zealand in search of Keri Hulme, her long-time literary heroine. Hulme’s writing is her guide throughout her road trip.

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United States | 2018 | 147 min | English | Susan Lacy

Steven Spielberg opens up about his bittersweet childhood and lifelong obsession with filmmaking, covering precocious early TV work, blockbusters, more serious dramatic films, and the relationships he’s cultivated during his career.

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New Zealand | 2018 | 65 min | English | Mitchell Hawkes

Much-loved NZ music idol and actor Stan Walker allows cameras to follow him for months as he battles serious health issues, with family by his side.

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Symphony On Skis

New Zealand, Germany | 2017 | 60 min | English | Carla Braun-Elwert

Two sisters ski the route pioneered by their late father across the glaciers of New Zealand's Southern Alps.

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Thank You For The Rain

United Kingdom, Norway | 2017 | 88 min | English | Julia Dahr

Kisilu Musya documents the roller-coaster ride of flash floods and devastating droughts affecting his Kenyan village, and takes his message to the UN. But is anyone listening?

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The Invisible Heart

Canada | 2018 | 80 min | English | Nadine Pequeneza

An unusual cast of characters attempts to tackle everything from academic failure to homelessness and crime.

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The Gospel According to André

United States | 2017 | 94 min | English | Kate Novack

André Leon Talley has been a fixture in the world of fashion for so long that it’s difficult to imagine a time when he wasn’t defining the boundaries of great style.

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The Other Side of Everything

Serbia, France, Qatar | 2017 | 104 min | Serbian | Mila Turajlic

A locked door inside a Belgrade apartment has kept one family separated from its past for over 70 years.

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The Long Season

Netherlands | 2017 | 90 min | Arabic | Leonard Retel Helmrich

School classes, a wedding day celebration and family battles combine to offer a sense of fragile normality in Lebanon's Beqaa Valley, where refugees attempt to escape ISIS.

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The Oslo Diaries

Israel, Canada | 2018 | 98 min | English, Arabic, Hebrew | Mor Loushy, Daniel Sivan

A portrait of diplomacy and of individuals who, fundamentally opposed, nonetheless found common ground and came to regard their counterparts as friends.

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The Rape of Recy Taylor

United States | 2017 | 91 min | English | Nancy Buirski

70 years after Recy Taylor, a Black American woman, was raped by six white men, the state of Alabama issued an apology for not prosecuting her attackers.

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The Russian Job

Czech Republic | 2017 | 65 min | Czech, English, Russian, Swedish | Petr Horký

In this satirical look at a Lada factory, a microcosm of contemporary Russia, people want revolution — as long as nothing changes.

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The Same

Serbia | 2017 | 17 min | Serbian | Dejan Petrovic

Finding beauty in the work of prisoners, Dejan Petrovic portrays jail as a metaphor for society, and asks: How much freedom do we really have?

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Time Trial

United Kingdom | 2017 | 82 min | English | Finlay Pretsell

Now drug free, road racing cyclist David Millar wants one last shot at the Tour de France. How far will his will to win take him?

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To Be Or Not To Be

New Zealand | 2017 | 11 min | English | Jing Chen

A conversation with musician and busker Luke Hurley about the influences and choices which shape his music and lyrics.

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When God Sleeps

Germany, United States | 2017 | 90 min | German, Persian | Till Schauder

A contemporary Romeo & Juliet tale of an Iranian exile and the granddaughter of the Islamic Republic's first Prime Minister – with added fatwa.

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Whispering Truth To Power

South Africa, Netherlands | 2018 | 88 min | English, Sotho, Zulu | Shameela Seedat

South Africa’s first female Public Protector builds a case against President Zuma, to thwart attempts to take over the government for profit.

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