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Unseen Enemy (2017)

Janet Tobias

(98 mins + Q&A)

An exploration of the reasons why we are experiencing a rash of diseases that were once only outbreaks, but have now become full-blown epidemics

Parched (2016)

Christy Westad and Elijah Guess

16 mins

European premiere

Finding access to clean water in rural Malawi


Thank You for the Rain (2017)

Julia Dahr

(90 mins + Q&A)

Kisilu, a Kenyan farmer captures the life of his family, his village and the damages of climate change on camera and becomes an activist on the global stage

Justice in Action (2013)

Fiona Lloyd-Davies and Mulberry School for Girls

(64 mins + Q&A)

20 years after the start of the war in Bosnia, people are still fighting for justice. Six young British women set off on a journey to find out why





Bodies on trolleys: a humanitarian crisis in the NHS? 

GHFi Patron Jon Snow interviews Rachel Clarke, junior doctor and author of Your Life In My Hands 





Guerrilla film-making and global health

Chris Kousouros and Fanny Lindstrom, What Took You So Long?

Ever wanted to make your own global health films? In this workshop, the international guerrilla production company What Took You So Long? will guide participants through the fundamentals of film-making. We'll review the essential things you'll need to turn your idea into a film. We'll conduct a hands-on story design assignment to show how to tell compelling stories.





The Coming War on China (2016)

John Pilger

(113 mins plus 60 min interview)

A nuclear war between the United States and China is not only imaginable but a current ‘contingency’, says the Pentagon. John Pilger’s 60th film  is his most urgent work to date and is both a warning and an inspiring story of resistance

Resistance (2015)

Michael Graziano

(72 mins + Q&A)

Less than 80 years since the mass-production of antibiotics, these miracle drugs are failing. 

Resistance clarifies the problem of antibiotic resistance, how we got to this point, and what we can do to turn the tide

The Age of Consequences (2016)

Jared P. Scott

(80 mins + Q&A)

The impacts of climate change, resource scarcity, migration, and conflict through the lens of US national security and global stability


Heart of the Matter (2017)

Janet Tobias

25 mins

World premiere

Key issues in global health through the prism of Yambuku, DRC, where Professor Peter Piot discovered the Ebola virus in 1976


The Life Equation (2016)

Rob Tinworth

(87 mins + Q&A)

European premiere

What if there were an algorithm for saving the most lives?

Crecencia Bush, an impoverished Mayan woman, is battling cancer. Her life depends on decisions made by doctors and donors, decisions increasingly driven by Big Data. But what, and who, gets lost in all the number crunching?


Still Waiting (2017)

Global Health Film Fellows 2017

2 mins

World premiere


Chaupadi: banished for bleeding (2017)

Frankie Fathers

9 mins

UK premiere


Hospital (2016) 

Kesang Tseten

(59 mins + Q&A)

European premiere

An intimate portrait of a state-run hospital in one of Nepal’s most remote and poorest districts of Kalikot in West Nepal. 

The value of ‘story’ in global health campaign film

Edward McCaffrey, Joose TV and Middlesex University

90 mins

In this interactive workshop participants will gain an
understanding of the difference between a story and a plot/
narrative - and how ‘story’ improves the effectiveness of a
campaign film or video in the fight for better global health.

Maximum 20 participants


Those Little Things (2017)

GHFF Film Fellows 2017

3 mins

World premiere


Unrest (2017) 

Jennifer Brea

(97 mins + Q&A)

 Jennifer Brea is about to marry the love of her life when she’s struck down by a fever that leaves her bedridden. When doctors tell her “it’s all in her head,” she turns her camera on herself and her community as she looks for answers and fights for a cure

In Our Hands (2017)

Millie Harvey

28 mins

Documenting the largest HIV self-testing trial in the world, based in Malawi


PILI (2017) 

Leanne Welham

(81 mins + Q&A)

Pili lives in rural Tanzania, working in the fields for less than $1 a day to feed her two children and struggling to manage her HIV-positive status in secret.

When she is offered the chance to rent a sought-after market-stall, Pili is desperate to have it. But with only two days to get the deposit together, Pili is forced to make increasingly difficult decisions with ever-deepening consequences. How much will she risk to change her life?











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Bending the Arc (2017) 

Pedros Kos and Kief Davidson

(102 mins + Q&A)

Dr Paul Farmer, Dr Jim Yong Kim, activist Ophelia Dahl, Todd McCormack, and investor Thomas White began a movement in the 1980s that changed global health forever. Bending the Arc tells their story


National Bird (2016)

Sonia Kennebeck

(92 mins + Q&A)

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




Global Health Crossover Lab pitches

Teams pitch to an expert panel for a £5,000 development award 




Destination Unknown (2016)

Claire Ferguson

(78 mins + Q&A)

Twelve survivors, twelve families torn apart by the Holocaust, twelve people striving to build a new future after the war

How to make a documentary with an NGO (and not an NGO documentary)

Lauren Anders Brown (director, The Checklist Effect)

Sarah Kessler (director of communications, Lifebox Foundation) 

90 mins

NGOs have incredible stories to tell, and direct access to the people who tell them best. But when the mission becomes the message, you've got a commercial instead of a documentary - and zero chance of screening at GHFF and beyond.

Join director/cinematographer Lauren Anders Brown and comms director Sarah Kessler for lessons learned balancing independent filmmaking with NGO partnership. Their award-winning documentary, The Checklist Effect, has been translated into 12 languages, screened at multiple international film festivals, and optioned for distribution by TVF International. 


Resilience (2016)

James Redford

(60 mins + Q&A)

An exploration into the developments of medical studies where conditions like heart disease can be linked to childhood experiences

The Dipo Ceremony: from Girlhood to Womanhood (2017)

Nancy Durrell McKenna

(7 mins)

UK premiere

The Dipo Ceremony is a ritual performed for Krobo women in Eastern Ghana. Dipo trains a young girl who has gone through puberty for her role as a woman

City of Joy (2016)

Madeleine Gavin

(74 mins +Q&A)

The first class of rape survivors at a revolutionary leadership center in eastern Congo called City of Joy

Their Voices (2017)

Sylvana Lautier

(12 mins)

World premiere

The impact of global warming in Uummannaq, a small and remote island off Northern Greenland


The Islands and the Whales (2016) 

Mike Day

(81 mins+ Q&A)

On the isolated Danish Faroe Islands, the longtime hunting and fishing practices of the Faroese are being threatened by animal rights activism, plummeting wildlife populations, and rising mercury levels







Undocumented (2017)

GHFF Film Fellows 2017

(2 mins)

World premiere


The New Jungle (2017)

Matthew Walton

(7 mins)

World premiere


Sorry I drowned (2017)

David Habchy and Hussein Nakhal

6 mins

Animation based on a letter entitled 'Sorry I drowned'. The letter was found on the body of a Syrian refugee who died attempting to make the crossing to Europe by sea


Born in Syria (2016)

Hernán Zin

(78 mins + Q&A)

The Syrian refugee exodus through the eyes of seven children crossing Europe in the hope of building a new life


Designing an impact plan for your documentary

Janet Tobias (director Unseen enemy)

Cori Stern (writer, Bending the Arc)

90 mins

In this masterclass we take you through some film impact campaign case studies. 

When should you start,  how do you create the strategy, how you develop partnerships and how do your fund your impact plan. We also look at who you need on an impact team, what skills do they need to have, and finally, how can you measure impact. and should we be thinking about new ways to approach measurement.


The ethics and challenges of investigating and documenting high-stakes, dangerous and traumatic situations and events

Sonia Kennebeck (director National Bird)

90 mins

From Standing Rock to Ferguson, documentary filmmakers, journalists and other media crew find themselves forced to work in increasingly dangerous or sensitive conditions. Many documentarians may not know their legal rights or may not have the skills or tools to protect themselves or their crew and subjects. This masterclass seeks to expand source protection to cover more than just encrypting data. Participants will explore what it takes to protect those who endanger themselves to investigate injustice.




It's Not Yet Dark (2016)

Frankie Fenton

(81 mins)

Irish filmmaker Simon Fitzmaurice refuses to let a diagnosis of Motor Neuron Disease stop him from directing a feature film using only his eyes to communicate via a computer

Six-year-old fears (2017)

Lauren Anders Brown

(14 mins)

World premiere

A six-year-old Syrian girl becoming a big sister in a refugee camp that has the best maternal mortality rate in the world


The Children of the Noon (2017)

Olga Pohankova & Diego Fiori

(82 mins + Q&A)

European premiere

Documenting the life of children and teenagers in the orphanage in Nchiru, the small Kenyan village


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