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5 DAYS (Yoav Shamir, 2005)
Deftly capturing the mounting tension of a stand-off between soldiers and hardline settlers, 5 Days is a definitive snapshot of a historical moment which also manages to convey the wider-ranging comp… Read more

IRAQ IN FRAGMENTS (James Longley, 2005)
“A production of startling audacity and aesthetic provocation... if (director, James) Longley's astonishing feat of poetic agitation has a precedent in the entire history of documentary, I'm not aw… Read more

IT'S WINTER (Rafi Pitts, 2005)
It's Winter was in Official Competition at this year's Berlin Film Festival. ... Khatoun and her daughter are abandoned when her husband searches for work elsewhere. Months pass. His family doesn't r… Read more

KILOMETRE ZERO (Hiner Saleem, 2005)
Kilometre Zero screened in Official Competition at last year's Cannes Film Festival. Veering between playful black comedy and telling commentary on the historical ethnic tensions that continue to wra… Read more

MY COUNTRY, MY COUNTRY (Laura Poitras, 2006)
“Demonstrating again that independent filmmakers are increasingly filling a void left by our corporate-dominated media, Laura Poitras' illuminating documentary provides a vivid picture of the event… Read more

PAPER DOLLS (Tomer Heymann, 2005)
“Transsexual caregivers for Tel Aviv's elderly might sound like an odd topic for a documentary but Paper Dolls is as straight as it is orthodox.” - Variety Distilled from a six-episode Israeli te… Read more

PERFECT DAY, A (Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige, 2005)
A film about sensations, atmosphere, frames of mind, wrong tracks, and vivid situations in the fascinating and paradoxical town that is Beirut today.” - Tribeca Film Festival A perfect 24 hours in … Read more

PRISONER 345 (Abdullah al-Binni, 2006)
Snatched on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border in 2001, Sami al-Hajj is an Aljazeera TV cameraman who has spent over 15 months in prison, including Cuba's now infamous Guantanamo Bay detention centre, w… Read more

WHAT A WONDERFUL PLACE (Eyal Halfon, 2005)
Reminiscent of Robert Altman's elaborate ensemble cast pieces, What a Wonderful Place deftly weaves multiple story threads into an intricate tapestry, depicting the lives of marginalised immigrants l… Read more

WILLOW TREE, THE (Majid Majidi, 2005)
Beautiful in its simplicity and unfolding visual poetry, Academy Award nominee Majid Majidi's morality tale, The Willow Tree, challenges us to wrestle with our most primal fears and visceral desires.… Read more

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