Award-winning French film Persepolis will show on the opening night Award-winning French film Persepolis will show on the opening night

This international film festival aims to showcase the stories of activists and survivors from across the globe. Now in its 12th 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. The festival runs in London from March 12 to 21 and then travels on to New York, where it will run from June 13 to 26. It will then travel to several other cities. The programme this year is typically strong, featuring award-winning films, including Persepolis and War/Dance.

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Buddha Collapsed Out Of Shame
Buddha Collapsed Out Of Shame
A little girl's attempt to go to school reveals the plight of many in modern Afghanistan.
A Promise To The Dead: The Exile Journey Of Ariel Dorfman
A Promise To The Dead: The Exile Journey Of Ariel Dorfman
An exploration of the exiled life of writer Ariel Dorfman.
Under The Bombs
Under The Bombs
As the Israeli army bombs Lebanon in 2006, a mother makes a desperate journey to try to save her son.
Behave
Behave
Fly-on-the-wall look at the juvenile detention system in Brazil.
Iron Ladies Of Liberia
Iron Ladies Of Liberia
A year in the life of the first female African president.
Manufactured Landscapes
Manufactured Landscapes
A documentarian follows photographer Edward Burtynsky as he captures the effects of industrialisation in Asia.
Darfur Now
Darfur Now
Documentary about those trying to raise the profile of genocide in Sudan.
Persepolis
Persepolis
A girl's eye view of the Islamic Revolution in Iran.
Lioness
Lioness
Women soldiers in Iraq.
Up The Yangtze
Up The Yangtze
Documentary about the humanitarian impact of the Three Gorges Dam project.
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