Here are the trailers for the Documentary section of this year’s festival 2022.



Filmed over two years, this documentary follows 76 year-old retired builder, John Shipton’s tireless campaign to save his son, Julian Assange.

The world’s most famous political prisoner, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has become an emblem of an international arm wrestle over freedom of journalism, government corruption and unpunished war crimes.

Now with Julian facing a 175 year sentence if extradited to the US, his family members are confronting the prospect of losing Julian forever to the abyss of the US justice system.

DirectorBen Lawrence


Maggie – is a visual observational documentary about a woman who is also a mother finding her spirit and love through shamanism.

Maggie is a 33 year old mother who takes us on a 4 day journey in a small Finnish town. We explore what shamanism means to her and how she practises it. She shows us her daily rituals such as meditation with shamanistic songs, ice swimming, meditation with music instruments and dancing.

DirectorPauliina Leskinen

The Traditional Brazilian Family KATU

Produced in 2007, a photographic essay realized in recognition of the indigenous roots, portrayed twelve adolescents belonging to Eleutério do Katu, RN Brasil. Twelve years later the photographer returns to Katu in search of these protagonists, now adults, to find out about his personal trajectories and his world views.

DirectorRodrigo Sena


Football is everything to Kam who has lived near the Ainsworth Estate pitch all his life.

In 2013, with his good friend Hassan, Kam approached the Arsenal Foundation to resurface the pitch from concrete to astroturf.

He is now a Coach to the local kids and this area represents so much more than just a playing field.

It is the beating heart of the Estate and football, the international language that binds the entire community together.

DirectorSam Blake Talbot

Section 298

Told through the eyes of three persecuted female Ahmadiyya, Section 298 unveils the realities of life under Pakistan’s deadliest law.

Section 298 of the Pakistan Penal code (also known as the Blasphemy law) openly allows prosecution, imprisonment and death for those who identify as Ahmadi Muslims, a minority Islamic movement in Pakistan. Since 2010 over 200 Ahmadi Muslims have been killed inside their mosques by suicide bombs and vigilante mobs.

Persecuted from birth, Ahmadiyya’s are prohibited from working, voting, owning a passport or declaring themselves as Muslim. Section 298 takes us into the heart of the Pakistani Ahmadi community as they fight to keep their families, community and traditions alive.

Directors James Joel Dann and Mahshad Afshar

Iyeza Medicine Biopiracy

Biopiracy is a plague that has hit the African continent like a tornado. Biochemical industry is frantic to patent bio resources at such a fast pace, indigenous society and owners of intellectual property of the bio resources are flailing to keep up with Western laws of patenting genes of bio species.

DirectorSibongile L Nene