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Documentaries have never enjoyed greater renown or bigger commercial success. They speak truth to power, illuminate lives both great and small, allow us to journey to corners of the earth we may never visit and confront issues we had never thought to consider. The best documentaries have the power to open our eyes and win our hearts. This year’s outstanding Stranger than Fiction offerings include fresh insights into the extraordinary lives of Toni Morrison, Barry Gifford and Truman Capote. The incredibly moving One Taxi Ride explores the horror of abuse and one man’s ability to regain his life. We are thrilled that Anthony Baxter is back with Flint, a shocking, profoundly touching portrait of the fate of one American community and the greater truths that reveals about the injustices of the modern world. These are vital, engaging works of cinema that come straight from the heart and are guaranteed to get you talking.

Films in this Festival Strand

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29 February - 1 March

Always in Season (N/C 18+)

A shocking, powerful documentary about individuals and communities who are still lamenting racial hatred

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4-5 March

Because We Are Girls (N/C 15+)

Shining a light on the importance of support from the people that are closest to you

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2-3 March

Confucian Dream (N/C 15+)

A poignant portrait of a family torn apart by the desire for very different things

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1 March

Flint (N/C 8+)

Anthony Baxter (You’ve Been Trumped) has followed the Michigan water supply situation over six years of denial, evasion, betrayal and hypocrisy in which the city’s poorest residents have suffered the most.

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1 March

Henry Glassie: Field Work (N/C 8+)

This combination of wise words and beautiful objects is comfort viewing for the soul.

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6-7 March

Machine (N/C 15+)

We are slowly moving toward an automated world. But what exactly does that mean for humanity?

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2-3 March

Nail in the Coffin: The Fall and Rise of Vampiro (N/C 15+)

A wonderfully crafted portrait of one man’s struggles to do the best he can for his family.

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4-5 March

Oliver Sacks: His Own Life (N/C 12+)

​Renowned as the author of Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat, neurologist Oliver Sacks was a man of extremes.

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1-2 March

One Taxi Ride (N/C 15+)

In C K Mak’s intensely emotional, uplifting documentary, we follow male rape survivor Erick as he embarks on a journey to reclaim his life.

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28-29 February

Roy's World: Barry Gifford's Chicago (N/C 15+)

Rob Christopher brilliantly brings to life Barry Gifford’s autobiographical collection The Roy Stories.

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1-3 March

Santiago, Italia (N/C 12+)

A salute to a generation of brave women and men and an era in which solidarity mattered.

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1-2 March

State Funeral (N/C 12+)

The spectacle of Stalin's funeral reveals much about the cult of personality in this essential documentary.

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1-2 March

The Capote Tapes (N/C 15+)

A revealing portrait of the man and his times

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27-29 February

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (12A)

Morrison is a warm, inspirational presence in a film that reflects on race, American history and the human condition as seen through the prism of her writing.

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