The machinations of carceral politics, first-hand narrations of migration and the barriers of borders - this year's Documentary programmes speak to the contemporary global condition via a multitude of voices.
New Shorts Documentary: Presumed Guilty, Awaiting Innocence
For those who have spent years imprisoned, have had a loved one die at the hands of the police, or live threatened by their presence, the purpose and success of the police force and prisons is highly questionable. Looking across our meagre carceral systems, this programme explores unjust incarceration and abuses of power.
New Shorts Documentary: Hostile Environments
Building context from testimony, these films take on an expanded notion of a hostile environment, from conditions of migrant detainment in Ireland to the picture postcard of Myanmar amidst a genocide, and the challenges of travelling in and out of occupied Palestine.
New Shorts Documentary: Kinship
Focusing both on direct and mediated interactions between families and friends, these filmmakers turn to documentary to explore a spectrum of relationships.
Using the tools of the form to facilitate uncomfortable conversations, return to personal archives or simply act as a record of a moment in time.
New Shorts Documentary: The Promise of Happiness?
Emerging from a programme presenting films of collective joy, lost futures, and repaired pasts, these films reveal that the instability of happiness. A deliberately intergenerational selection, taking us from queer clubs to bingo halls, by way of psychic readings and the ecstatic outcomes of divorce.