DOCUMENTARY: System Failure

FORGET ALBERTO FOR NOW, dir Beina Xu

How many people are forced to be collateral damage in a system where the odds are against them?


In a world built on questionable foundations of bureaucracy, people are failed daily by the laws and institutions supposedly there to order our world in fair and equitable ways.


Looking to a world of perpetual crises, from migrants at the Turkish border to the police’s mistreatment of detainees with mental health issues closer to home, these non-fiction works articulate a failed system, and those who suffer for it. 


Programmed by Miranda Mungai. 71'

This programme contains descriptions of mental breakdowns and physical abuse by police. Please note, the film A Horse Has More Blood Than A Human can only be accessed by UK audiences at the request of the filmmaker.

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RESTRAINT

RESTRAINT

Tom Goulding, Frank Macpherson

19'

2020

United Kingdom

Around 1,700 people have gone into police custody in the UK since 1990 and never left. These incidents feature a staggeringly high number of people – about half – suffering a mental health crisis when they come into contact with police, their stories often lost amid years of inquests, inquiries and misrepresentation.

MOTHERLAND

MOTHERLAND

Ellen Evans

13'

2019

United Kingdom

Tracing the experiences of two Jamaican-born Brits who have been forcibly returned to their 'home country', alongside the story of a Windrush-generation man denied re-entry to the UK, this documentary explores what it really means for someone to 'go back home'.

FORGET ALBERTO FOR NOW

FORGET ALBERTO FOR NOW

Beina Xu

19'

2020

Germany

A refugee known only as Alberto flies from Athens to Brussels on a fake passport. Three years later, a small crew from Berlin tries to make a film by shooting the landscape of his transit. Things fall apart. They film pigeons instead. The artifice of documentary becomes the subject itself: where do we stand between image and meaning?

A HORSE HAS MORE BLOOD THAN A HUMAN

A HORSE HAS MORE BLOOD THAN A HUMAN

Abolfazl Talooni

20'

2019

Iran

An older couple leave Tehran and return to their idyllic home town on the Turkish border, but their dreams of quiet retirement are shattered by the realisation that their town has become a smuggling gateway into Europe and everyone they know is involved.

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