Art Comes From The Beak The Way It Has Grown

16 gifted artists work side by side at an extraordinary studio in Berlin. All of them have mental and cognitive disabilities, but it is their talent that got them here, as paid employees, not patients. Their work shows art’s incredible power to express and refine the hidden desires of the soul. Nominated to the Beyond the Screen Award

ARTOPIA #Belfast

An Israeli filmmaker meets with leading activist artists in Belfast to learn about the struggles of a society still grappling with its bloody history, and the importance of art in fostering peace and social cohesion.

Aswang

Monsters roam the streets of Manila—monsters with free rein to shed the blood of homeless people, drug users, and anyone else they deem suspicious. This incredibly sensitive, impressive and disturbing film documents Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, which turned into a street war against the poor and the homeless—children and adults alike. Beyond the Screen Award Winner

Coded Bias

The machine-learning algorithms that run so many aspects of our lives are prejudiced, racist, and sexist—just like the experts who created them. Featuring personal stories from victims of biased AIs, the film follows female activists pushing for legislative protection against this injustice. Nominated to the Beyond the Screen Award

Collective

A journalistic investigation into a disastrous fire at a Bucharest nightclub uncovers corruption and fraud at a scope so massive it leads to the fall of the government. Alexander Nanau (Toto and His Sisters) tells this thrilling and uniquely human story with remarkable tenderness.

Elsewhere, Everywhere

20-year-old Shahin fled Tehran in hopes of finding a better life in Europe. His journey—depicted in an impressionistic stream of powerful imagery, text messages, phone calls, and interrogations—sweeps viewers into a deep multi-sensory experience.

Four Mothers

A female-driven, grassroots protest movement takes on the military establishment and challenges the patriarchal society of Israel to stop a bloody war that has been raging for years.

I'm in Love with Pippa Bacca

Italian feminist artist Pippa Bacca had a vision of hope. She wanted to send a message of peace and trust to war-ridden countries, and she picked a creative way to do it: hitchhiking in a wedding dress. But when she reached Turkey, her inspiring journey came to an abrupt, tragic end.

Me VS The Pigeons

Everybody says I don't care about anything, but that's not true. I care about the pigeons.

Once Upon a Time in Venezuela

Congo Mirador used to be a bustling fishing village, but the rising lake water is threatening to turn it into a swamp, and the Venezuelan government is not lifting a finger to help. This breathtaking film follows the villagers as they struggle to survive the environmental disaster we all fear.

Shadow Flowers

Ryun-hee Kim found herself in South Korea by accident. Despite her pleas, the authorities refuse to allow her to return to North Korea. Desperate to be reunited with her family, she tries to go back any way she can, but the seemingly more liberal of the two Koreas refuses to let her go.

Strike or Die

The great strike that halted the entire French economy in 1995 left a lasting mark on a small mining town. The interconnected stories of people living there today slowly emerge from the mists of a town still haunted by the ghosts of its past.

The Fight

Every time Trump issues another regulation that discriminates against LGBTQ people, prohibits abortions, or orders the imprisonment of immigrant babies, the legal team of the American Civil Liberties Union gears up for battle. The filmmakers who directed Weiner present four fierce court battles in the war for US democracy. Nominated to the Beyond the Screen Award

The Three Yossi

This sociological journey back in time began 23 years ago, when several families were evicted from their homes ended up squatting in an abandoned building in Jaffa. What has become of them? What chances does a poverty-stricken child have to make it in the world?

White Riot

In the late 1970s, back when music still had the power to change the world, young punk-heads and rock-heads took to the streets to protest against fascism, racism, and the xenophobia stirred up by politicians. This is how Rock against Racism was born. This is the movement’s story, featuring a lot of music and rare live recordings.