Playful, touching and smart, with the lightest of touches this tale of a young Chinese migrant finding her feet in Buenos Aires covers a lot of ground in its brief running time. Finding a job and learning Spanish are Xiaobin’s first priorities. Both bring with them the dilemmas of human relationships.
A compelling, authentic first-hand account of the plight of refugees told from their own perspective. Camped out overlooking Melilla, the tiny Spanish port on North Africa’s Mediterranean coast, Malian refugee Abou Bakar Sidibé is given a camera to document the daily life of his fellow refugees.
This charts Syria’s devastating civil war through an intimate portrait of a group of optimistic young friends hungry for change. They take to the streets with a smile and a song, but soon they feel the full force of the government’s brutal backlash of torture, death and destruction.
Mesmerising and haunting, this intertwines several stories to examine Thailand’s legacy of political repression, all the while giving a thrilling glimpse of cinema’s myriad possibilities. A bold, unusual film that intertwines the lives of a famous political activist, a young documentary filmmaker, a pop star, and a waitress, all of whom were touched by a student massacre.
Fuelled by a high-octane central performance this is a constantly absorbing thriller about a likeable, optimistic and street-wise young man’s rise from bus conductor to big-time drug dealer. Wulu shows a rather different picture of Mali than usual, intelligently connecting Ladji’s rise and fall to the political events that led up to Mali’s 2012 coup.
A smart, hard-hitting look at the global arms trade, the vast sums of money that are made and the corruption that creates. Fascinating interviews reveal the shocking realities of Britain’s central role in this dirty trade that counts its profits in billions and its losses in human lives.
Farhadi (A Separation, The Past) continues to astonish with this beautifully modulated portrait of a man, a marriage, and a society where nothing is quite as it seems. Emad is a kind and considerate English teacher who is also performing in Death of A Salesman.
Larraín (Jackie, No) fuses history, legend and fiction to powerful effect in this bold, stunningly inventive detective thriller and ‘anti-bio’. This is a fascinating examination of how we create the story of our own lives – particularly if you’re a vain, self-publicist like the great Nobel-prize winning poet, Pablo Neruda.
Resolutely low-key, this sweet romantic tale of a modest underdog preparing for his big fight conjures up a delightful mood of bittersweet melancholy. Although the expectations of the Finnish nation weigh on his shoulders, Olli Maki’s preparations for his shot at the world title seem surprisingly amateurish.
A charming, gentle tale about a group of village boys caught in the crossfire of civil war. In the lush breathtakingly green Colombian mountains, Manuel, Julian and Poca Luz enjoy a simple life where a football or set of coloured pencils is a treasured gift.