A moving tale full of memorable images interspersed with moments of great beauty, charm and dry humour. Living in a yurt amid the frozen expanses of Siberia, an elderly Yakut couple, Sedna and Nanook seem to be the last people still living the traditional way.
A serenely intimate portrait of three generations of Japanese diving women, their mothers and grandmothers whose delicate bodies transform underwater into those of sea hunters. The ama-san’s way of life dates back 2,000 years and their mysterious rituals seemingly come from such a faraway and dreamlike past.
Shamanism meets drug running in Guerra’s amazing follow up to Embrace of the Serpent and Wind Journeys (WOW 2010), which tells the true story of the origins of the Colombian drug trade as seen through the eyes of an indigenous Wayuu family.
In this mysterious thriller, Lee Chang-dong (Poetry) expands upon a Murakami Haruki short story to create a psychologically engrossing, moral tale about modern Korean youth, wounded love, class conflict and male envy.
A smart, vibrant take on the huge changes taking place in China as dodgy, get-rich-quick developments flatten neighbourhoods and break down the traditional bonds of families and communities.
With a tone that recalls Apocalypse Now this presents a breathtaking journey through the Amazon from a native perspective that captures the extraordinary landscapes with a haunting sense of wonder. The last surviving member of his tribe, native shaman Karamakate leads the two interlocking stories of European travellers in search of a rare healing plant.
Football, feminism and revolution are the subjects of this extraordinary documentary, shot over the course of five years following the Arab Spring. The Libyan women's football team is made up of a diverse group - the captain is a petro-physicist, the family of one of the players is displaced and the goalkeeper is training to become a doctor.
Hatidze climbs a Macedonian hillside to check her bee colonies nestled in the rocks. Back at her homestead she tends to her handmade hives. But when a nomadic family move in and break Honeyland’s basic rule, the last female wild beekeeper in Europe must save the bees and restore natural balance.
“This amazing documentary, a multiple prize-winner at Sundance 2019, makes for the most primal of environmental allegories.” TORONTO STAR
On the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, Irene lives with her husband and four rambunctious sons in a chaotic and ramshackle house that is full of love and laughter.
Subversive, gorgeously shot and truly unusual, this is a finely-executed mash-up of Tarantino, spaghetti Western and Indonesian folk tale complete with poison berries, machete-wielding women, rape, murder, revenge and headless ghosts.
Fantasy, humour and a kid’s eye view of the world combine in this, the first ever anime to premiere at Cannes Film Festival. After the birth of his baby sister, young Kun discovers a magical portal and time travels to meet relatives from the past and future, including his sister Mirai as a teenager.
Satyajit Ray, one of the greatest directors of world cinema, set this groundbreaking social satire about the changing roles of women in Indian society in his native city, bustling Calcutta.
Set among the indigenous tribal community of Pedra Branca, this is an atmospheric, visually poetic portrait of a young man resisting his destiny as a shaman.
The extraordinary last film from the legendarily uncompromising Béla Tarr is like so much of his work, long, slow and infinitely rewarding if you can take the pace.
Smartly-executed by Danis Tanovic (an Oscar winner for No Man’s Land) he balances both the inspirational true story of the whistle-blower at the heart of the Nestle baby-milk scandal and the wrap-around story of how films that question corporate irresponsibility are squashed by legal threats.
Liberated by the end of the Pinochet dictatorship, a group of families set up an isolated community under the Andes, where they hope to build a new world away from the excesses of urban living.
This intelligent feel-good film tackles urgent global issues with wry humour and a playful, genre-bending wit. Independent, feisty 40-something Halla is not just the life and soul of the local choir but also leads a double life as an undercover environmental activist.