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This international film festival aims to showcase the stories of activists and survivors from across the globe.

Now in its 19th year, it brings together documentary and fiction films with the intention of galvanising those who watch them to join those taking action against injustices many face every day.

This year's London arm of the festival will run from March 18 to 27 at the Barbican, Curzon Soho and Ritzy Picturehouse. The gala benefit is at the British Museum. The festival will include live music performances following screenings of Beats of the Antonov and No Land’s Song and a Guardian Masterclass focusing on human rights reporting and digital storytelling. The opening night film (on March 19) will be The Yes Men are Revolting, attended by Laura Nix and the Yes Men.

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Democrats
Democrats
Documentary tracks power brokers in Zimbabwe who are trying to compose a new constitution.
Beats Of The Antonov
Beats Of The Antonov
Documentary, capturing the lives of Sudan's displaced population.
The Yes Men Are Revolting
The Yes Men Are Revolting
The political pranks by the Yes Men - and the toll it has taken on their relationship.
No Land's Song
No Land's Song
The Islamic revolution of 1979 banned female singers from appearing in public in Iran. Now Ayat Najafi tries to revive tradition, planning an evening of Iranian and French female soloists to rebuild shattered cultural bridges - but can it work?
Life Is Sacred
Life Is Sacred
Antanas Mockus, the former Mayor of Bogota, challenges the normal violent political practice by running an unusually positive campaign in Colombia's 2010 presidential elections.
Burden Of Peace
Burden Of Peace
The four-year term of Guatemala's first female Attorney General, Claudia Paz y Paz, sees her battle against the impunity of organised criminal gangs and the country's former military rulers.
Uyghurs, Prisoners Of The Absurd
Uyghurs, Prisoners Of The Absurd
How China's Uyghur minority got caught up in the US invasion of Iraq and ended up illegally detained in Guantanamo.
Storm In The Andes
Storm In The Andes
A young woman travels to Peru in the hope of better understanding a troubling family legacy.
The Salt Of The Earth
The Salt Of The Earth
Documentary about photographer Sebastião Salgado.
Rosewater
Rosewater
The story of Maziar Bahari, the journalist who was detained for 188 days in Iran.
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