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© Right Now Film Festival 2019

Explore our 2016 programme, featuring an artist tracing the history of his hometown of Chernobyl, the people of Zaatari, the largest camp for Syrian refugees and a former Sheriff on a mission to expose the mistakes
of heavily armed police units in the US...

 
Shadow World
USA, Belgium, Denmark | Dir. Johan Grimonprez

Shadow World reveals the shocking realities of the global arms trade – the only business that counts its profits in billions and its losses in human lives. ​

 

Directed by Johan Grimonprez (“dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y”) and in part based on Corruption Watch UK founder Andrew Feinstein’s globally acclaimed book The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade, the film reveals how the international trade in weapons – with the complicity of governments and intelligence agencies, investigative and prosecutorial bodies, weapons manufacturers, dealers and agents – fosters corruption, determines economic and foreign policies, undermines democracy and creates widespread suffering.

National Bird
USA | Dir. Sonia Kennebeck

National Bird follows the dramatic journey of three whistleblowers who are determined to break the silence around one of the most controversial current affairs issues of our time: the secret U.S. drone war.

 

At the center of the film are three U.S. military veterans. Plagued by guilt over participating in the killing of faceless people in foreign countries, they decide to speak out publicly, despite the possible consequences. National Bird gives rare insight into the U.S. drone program through the eyes of veterans and survivors, connecting their stories as never seen before in a documentary.

Peace Officer
USA | Dir. Scott Christopherson & Brad Barber

Peace Officer is a feature documentary about the increasingly militarized state of American police as told through the story of William “Dub” Lawrence, a former sheriff who established and trained his rural state’s first SWAT team only to see that same unit kill his son-in-law in a controversial standoff 30 years later. ​

 

Driven by an obsessed sense of mission, Dub uses his own investigative skills to uncover the truth in this and other recent officer- involved shootings in his community while tackling larger questions about the changing face of peace officers nationwide.

The Russian Woodpecker
Ukraine & USA | Dir. Chad Gracia

A thrilling, award winning investigation into the ghosts of the Soviet Union and the mind of an irradiated Ukrainian artist on a quest to discover the "criminal" behind the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

 

Unforgettably eccentric artist Fedor Alexandrovich begins his quest by revealing to the world an enormous secret Soviet weapon that stands in the shadow of Chernobyl, and which Kremlinologists in the 1980s thought might be a giant mind-control device. But what Fedor discovers is much more sinister.

After Spring
USA | Dir. Ellen Martinez & Steph Ching

After Spring is a feature documentary that focuses on the Syrian refugee crisis. With the Syrian conflict now in its sixth year, millions of people continue to be displaced. After Spring is the story of what happens next.

 

By following two refugee families in transition and aid workers fighting to keep the camp running, viewers will experience what it is like to live in Zaatari, the largest camp for Syrian refugees. With no end in sight for the conflict or this refugee crisis, everyone must decide if they can rebuild their lives in a place that was never meant to be permanent.

DIY Country
France | Dir. Antony Butts

Over a 2-year period, DIY Country captures the origins and evolution of the Donetsk People’s Republic in East Ukraine from hopeful and naive beginnings, to hate, destruction and infighting.

 

In the first part we follow the sinister and at times comical mechanics of how our heroes make a Revolution that will immediately eat them up. In the second part we will see them trying to find a role to play in the new State, as power is once again taken away from the people.