Festival Programme

Films by Strand


A competitive collection of remarkable works that explore and expand the language of documentary filmmaking. Films that interrogate reality, experience and facts in engaging and unexpected ways.

Black Box Diaries

Shiori Ito

Journalist Shiori Ito embarks on a courageous investigation of her own sexual assault in an attempt to prosecute her high-profile offender. Her quest becomes a landmark case in Japan, exposing the country’s outdated judicial and societal systems.

Grand Theft Hamlet

Pinny Grylls, Sam Crane

Pinny Grylls and Sam Crane bring the brutality of Grand Theft Auto to the world of Shakespeare – or is it the other way around?


Ibrahim Nash’at

A vital and terrifying historical document, this remarkable film follows the first year of the Taliban’s return to power in Afghanistan, revealing the extensive spoils of war left behind by the American occupation.

The Mother of All Lies

Kadib abyad

Asmae El Moudir

Moroccan filmmaker Asmae El Moudir enlists her family and friends to help investigate the mysteries of her childhood and her family’s connection to their nation’s troubled past in this multi-award-winning documentary.

My First Film

Zia Anger

A young filmmaker recounts the story of directing her first feature in Zia Anger’s enthralling, deeply personal inquiry into the growing pains inherent to creation and collaboration.

Seeking Mavis Beacon

Jazmin Renée Jones

The first thing you should know is that Mavis Beacon doesn’t exist. This bright and fresh Generation Z-skewing documentary takes the viewer on a whirlwind cyber-journey to the ’90s and back.

Soundtrack to a Coup d'Etat

Johan Grimonprez

An electrifying assemblage of sound and image tells the story of a CIA-backed cold war coup in Congo – and the American jazz musicians weaponised in its cause.

The Speedway Murders

Luke Rynderman, Adam Kamien

First-time filmmakers Luke Rynderman and Adam Kamien present a stylistically unique and visually stunning feature that delves into the unsolved 1978 Speedway Burger Chef murders while shifting away from the traditional true crime documentary format.