A young Afghan woman raps her way to freedom in Sonita A young Afghan woman raps her way to freedom in Sonita

The East End Film Festival returns for 2016 with a great line-up of films, special events and parties. As well as London-made films documenting the city's diverse cultures, there's a strand focusing on the best new cinema from Turkey, one exploring the experiences of refugees, and another looking at the history of punk. There are numerous special guests and some of the films are accompanied by live musical performances.

The festival runs from 23 June to 7 July.

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We Are The Flesh
We Are The Flesh
Wandering through a ruined city, a young brother and sister discover a building inhabited by a mysterious hermit who offers them sanctuary.
My Feral Heart
My Feral Heart
An independent man with Down's syndrome finds his life changed when he is forced into a group home.
Notes On Blindness
Notes On Blindness
Adaptation of John Hull's audio diary about the experience of losing his sight.
Jim: The James Foley Story
Jim: The James Foley Story
A documentary about the life and work of American journalist James Foley, who was killed by terrorists in 2014.
Little Men
Little Men
Caught up in a family feud over rent, two boys respond with a vow of silence.
Fire At Sea
Fire At Sea
A documentary looking at the inhabitants of Lampedusa and the desperate attempts made by refugees to reach the island.
The Childhood Of A Leader
The Childhood Of A Leader
Fable about the rise of fascism set in post-First World War Europe.
Author: The JT LeRoy Story
Author: The JT LeRoy Story
The story behind the literary 'hoax' of JT LeRoy.
Baskin
Baskin
A squad of unsuspecting cops goes through a trapdoor to Hell after stumbling upon a Black Mass in an abandoned building.
The Hard Stop
The Hard Stop
Documentary about the death of Mark Duggan and the difficulty of finding work for young black men in Tottenham
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East End Film Festival Features

Heart of the story
Jane Gull talks about casting and shooting My Feral Heart.
Childhood ambition
Brady Corbet on making audiences think, Robert Pattinson and the culture of celebrity.
Sound and fury signifying everything
Brady Corbet on history repeating itself and the look and score of The Childhood Of A Leader.
Stranger than fiction
Jeff Feuerzeig on documenting the creation of a 'literary myth' in Author: The JT Leroy Story
Backyard belonging
Angela Boatwright talks about community, diversity and music in Los Punks.
Predicting a riot
Mike Lerner talks about his new documentary on Pussy Riot.
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