The war in eastern Ukraine between Russian-backed rebels and the Ukrainian army has killed more than 10,000 people over four years, and peace remains a distant prospect. Despite the violence a new bakery has opened which brings some comfort and sustenance to war-weary locals.
The Conspiracy behind the US Election explored. Thomas Huchon talks Robert Mercer, Breitbart news and Cambridge Analytica.
Filmmaker Imran Azam shares his wealth of experience as he explores the rise of the power of the smartphone video, the origins of home video-story telling and the elements of a compelling video narrative.
Byline Festival is proud to present a screening of one of 2018’s most critically-acclaimed films, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, followed by a Q&A with the film’s Director of Photography, Ben Davis.
At the confluence of belief, psychology and neuroscience sits Right Between your Ears, an investigation into the nature of conviction with reflections on society’s increasing polarisation, our own entrenched beliefs and post-truth politics.
Representing the nations unheard voices Invisible Britain expose the social housing scandal and the unsavory unseen forces that guide policy in Dispossession. Renewal, demolition, and development are the key themes in a story that centers the human consequences of a chronic affordable housing shortage. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Paul Sng, Lisa McKenzie, Pam Douglas and Cash Carraway.
FoolishPeople are bringing their second feature length offering to the festival. Immerse yourself in a dreamscape of mythical imagery and gods made flesh as director John Harrigan presents a cautionary tale of the future of a nation losing touch with its identity.
Jaz and Nils O'hara, former residents of the "Calais Jungle" and co-founders of The Worldwide Tribe talk life inside the camps and working in the humanitarian sector.
Rose Rouse and Suzanne Noble’s work takes a sideways look at the inescapable topic of mortality. By turns poignant, joyful, humorous and enlightening.
Co-founder of Copwatch Jacob Crawford and director Camilla Hall bring you the story of the “Cop Watchers” dedicated to bringing awareness to their community and exposing police brutality/harassment. They are legally recording/documenting each arrest but often find themselves to be the victims of chaos. Jacob, Camilla, Imran Azam and Alistair Morgan will take part in a panel discussion after the screening.
Part band doc, part critique of the state of the nation, Sleaford Mods – Invisible Britain follows the un-compromising Nottingham band as they travel the nation articulating the rage and desperation of the marginalised in austerity Britain. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Paul Sng and Lisa McKenzie
Follow the people who go to all lengths to save the planet’s last animals. From scientists to activists and Africa’s front lines to behind the scenes of Asian markets to the United States The Last Animals takes an intense look at the global response to this slaughter and the desperate measures to genetically rescue the Northern White rhinos who are on the edge of extinction.
Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg recounts his experiences at the hands of “the war on terror”. The Confession considers modern Jihad and the nature of life as a British Muslim in 2018.
Sara Afshar is a BAFTA-nominated director, with over 20 years' experience as a journalist and filmmaker. Here, she tells the story of the tens of thousands of Syrians who disappeared under the Assad regime.
A powerful drama documentary that lays bare the terror and tragedy of the 1999/1998 Kosovan War. All cast members experienced the horrors of the conflict.
Stacey Dooley returns to Iraq to seek justice for the young women whose lives have been changed forever by Isis
"The Fireflies" (an amateur cycling group) tackle the toughest peaks in Europe every year to raise money for leukaemia charity Bloodwise. Nick Mason has directed a gruelling short film documenting the sheer grit and effort that it takes to master the treacherous Alpine route.
From one utopia to another. Allow yourself to be spirited away to Damanhur, a self-styled, autonomous paradise in the Italian Alps. Author and some time Damanhur resident David Bramwell gives the inside perspective on the communes secrets as he presents time travel, singing plants and sojourns in Atlantis.
Hotel Garibaldi offers a glimpse into migrant life in an increasingly acerbic social and political climate. Sophia Seymour and Daisy Squires follow four west African migrants as they attempt to avoid the very real risks posed by the mafia, the sex trade, slavery and the prospect of a watery grave.