A special screening of Eden Is West opens the festival A special screening of Eden Is West opens the festival

This international film festival aims to showcase the stories of activists and survivors from across the globe. Now in its 13th 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 18 to 27 and then travels on to New York, where it will run from June 11 to 25. It will also tour several other cities. Among the films screening is Tribeca award-winning film Pray The Devil Back To Hell.

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The Reckoning: The Battle For The International Criminal Court
The Reckoning: The Battle For The International Criminal Court
A battle of monumental proportions unfolds as International Criminal Court Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo faces down warlords, genocidal dictators and world superpowers in bringing perpetrators of crimes against humanity to justice.
Firaaq
Firaaq
The story of how the Hindu-Muslim riots that ravaged Gujarat in 2002 altered the lives of a number of different characters.
Burma VJ
Burma VJ
Burmese journalists risk life imprisonment to report from inside their sealed-off country.
Back Home Tomorrow
Back Home Tomorrow
The lives of two children touched touched by war.
Kabuli Kid
Kabuli Kid
A Kabul taxi driver finds himself looking after an abandoned baby.
Afghan Star
Afghan Star
Four hopefuls compete to become pop idols in post-Taliban Afghanistan.
Pray The Devil Back To Hell
Pray The Devil Back To Hell
The story of the Liberian women who came together to bring peace to their country.
In The Holy Fire Of Revolution
In The Holy Fire Of Revolution
A year on the campaign trail in Russia with the world's greatest chess player.
Eden Is West
Eden Is West
Odyssey of a migrant in search of 'paradise'.
Crude
Crude
The inside story of the “Amazon Chernobyl” case in the rainforest of Ecuador, the largest oil-related environmental lawsuit in the world.
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Filming sensations Mathieu Amalric on Pierre Léon, Jeanne Balibar and the sounds and colours of Barbara

Character arc Seth A Smith on filming with a two-year-old and bringing marbling to life in The Crescent

Keeping up appearances Marcello Martinessi on cultural conservatism and filmmaking honesty in The Heiresses

A different space Kelly Macdonald on working with Marc Turtletaub on Puzzle

Out of the past Susanna Nicchiarelli on Trine Dyrholm and the costume design in Nico, 1988

The iconic man Jonathan Baker on Becoming Iconic and Inconceivable

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