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The Contestant The Contestant
The Contestant and Ibelin
The Accidental President (Country: UK; Year: 2024; Director: Mike Lerner, Martin Herring)
When Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya put her name on the ballot alongside authoritarian Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko she had no idea she would win. This is her story.
Agent Of Happiness (Country: Bhutan, Hungary; Year: 2024; Director: Arun Bhattarai, Dorottya Zurbó)
Amber is one of the many agents working for the Bhutanese government to measure people’s happiness levels among the remote Himalayan mountains. But will he find his own along the way?
The Battle For Laikipia (Country: Kenya, US; Year: 2024; Director: Daphne Matziaraki, Peter Murimi)
Unresolved historical injustices and climate change raise the stakes in a generations-old conflict between Indigenous pastoralists and white landowners in Laikipia, Kenya, a wildlife conservation haven.
The Contestant (Country: UK; Year: 2023; Director: Clair Titley; Writer: Clair Titley; Stars: Tomoaki Hamatsu, Toshio Tsuchiya)
The story of a Japanese reality TV star left naked in a room for more than a year, tasked with filling out magazine sweepstakes to earn food and clothing.
Daughters (Country: US; Year: 2024; Director: Angela Patton, Natalie Rae)
Four young girls prepare for a special Daddy Daughter Dance with their incarcerated fathers, as part of a unique fatherhood program in a Washington, DC, jail.
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Agent Of Happiness and The Battle For Laikipia
Democracy Noir (Country: US, Germany, Denmark; Year: 2024; Director: Connie Field; Stars: Katya Andrusz, Jordan Bardella, Malin Björk, Damian Boeselager, Daniel Freund, Paul Gosar, Balázs Hidvéghi, Jean-Claude Juncker, Kari Lake, Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel, Louis Michel, Péter Márki-Zay, Viktor Orbán, Vladimir Putin)
Ibelin (Country: Norway; Year: 2024; Director: Benjamin Ree; Stars: Kelsey Ellison, Zoe Croft, Paul Wild, Ed Larkin, Elena Pitsiaeli, Sebastian Tjørstad, John Andrew Mclay)
Mats Steen, a Norwegian gamer, died of a degenerative muscular disease at the age of 25. His parents mourned what they thought had been a lonely and isolated life, when they started receiving messages from online friends around the world.
Pirópolis (Country: Chile; Year: 2024; Director: Nicolás Molina)
A company of volunteer firefighters in the Chilean port city of Valparaiso battle wildfires, and witness political and social turmoil of a more man-made kind.
This Is Ballroom (Salão De Baile) (Country: Brazil; Year: 2024; Director: Juru, Vitã)
On the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, the city’s top ballroom houses convene in a sweaty, euphonic competition, in this portrait of contemporary queer Brazil.
Three Promises (Country: Palestinian Territories; Year: 2023; Director: Yusef Srouji; Writer: Mahdokht Mahmoudabadi, Yusef Srouji)
The director's childhood in Palestine wasn’t something that he and his parents spoke of as a family, so when he found a box of his mother’s home videos from the early 2000s, an especially perilous and tumultuous period in the West Bank, the tapes became a means for remembering and comprehending a painful past.
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Daughters and We Can Be Heroes
The Trouble With Mr Doodle (Country: UK; Year: 2024; Director: Ed Perkins, Jaimie D'Cruz; Stars: Morgan Davies, Sam Cox, Neil Cox)
The story of an extraordinary boy born into an ordinary family in an unremarkable English town and how a childhood passion threatened to take over his life, his home and his mind.
We Can Be Heroes (Country: US; Year: 2024; Director: Carina Mia Wong, Alex Simmons; Stars: Adelaide Eli)
A group of neurodivergent, queer, and self-proclaimed nerdy teenagers find solace at a LARP (live action role play) summer camp. They discover inner strength, heal from traumas, and emerge as their own heroes: both in fantasy and in reality.

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