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1. Apprentice (2016)

115 min | Drama

77 Metascore

Inevitably, a transfer to a maximum security prison will eventually challenge the integrity and ethics of a young correctional officer on his way to become a chief executioner.

Director: Junfeng Boo | Stars: Firdaus Rahman, Wan Hanafi Su, Mastura Ahmad, Boon Pin Koh

Votes: 1,308 | Gross: $0.00M

2. Tickling Giants (2016)

TV-14 | 111 min | Documentary

78 Metascore

While the Egyptian revolution of 2011 is underway, surgeon turned comedian Bassem Youssef airs a television show that makes him popular to his countrymen but disliked by the government.

Director: Sara Taksler | Stars: Bassem Youssef, Jon Stewart, Shadi Alfons, Khaled Mansour

Votes: 1,417 | Gross: $0.04M

3. Before the Flood (2016)

PG | 96 min | Documentary

63 Metascore

A look at how climate change affects our environment and what society can do to prevent the demise of endangered species, ecosystems and native communities across the planet.

Director: Fisher Stevens | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ki-moon Ban, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Mike Brune

Votes: 23,980

4. City 40 (2016)

73 min | Documentary, Drama, History

Behind the walls of a forbidden city, the only thing more dangerous than its secrets is the truth.

Director: Samira Goetschel | Stars: Lavrenti Beria, Viktor Fetisov, Mikhail Gorbachev, Sergei Kirillov

Votes: 1,452

5. Dil Leyla (2016)

71 min | Documentary

She is the youngest and the first female mayor of Cizre. A town located in the southeast of Turkey, where Kurds form the significant part of the inhabitants.

Director: Asli Özarslan | Stars: Leyla Imret, Cihan Imret, Merjem Imret, Sacide Imret

Votes: 26

6. DIY Country (2016)

81 min | Documentary

In spring 2014, following the annexation of the Crimea by Russia, groups of armed pro-Russian rebels in the eastern Ukraine city of Donetsk seized local administrative building, expelled ... See full summary »

Director: Antony Butts

Votes: 12

7. The Empty Room (2016)

52 min | Documentary

Sabri left to combat in Syria, leaving his family alone in the face of such sudden and unbearable absence. Saliha, his mother, decided not to keep silent. Her story intertwines that of ... See full summary »

Director: Jasna Krajinovic

8. Gaza Surf Club (2016)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary

In a country locked between Egypt and Israel, Gaza's youth are drawn to their beaches. Weary of the daily 'state of emergency' they seek meaning and perspective to their lives through surfing.

Directors: Philip Gnadt, Mickey Yamine | Stars: Ibrahim N. Arafat, Mohammed Abu Jayab, Sabah Abu Ghanem, Matthew Olsen

Votes: 165

9. The Islands and the Whales (2016)

81 min | Documentary

The whale hunters of the Faroe Islands believe that hunting is vital to their way of life, but, when a local professor makes a grim discovery about the effects of marine pollution, environmental changes threaten their way of life forever.

Director: Mike Day

Votes: 190

10. Last Men in Aleppo (2017)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, War

80 Metascore

Khaled, Mahmoud and Subhi volunteer with the White Helmets trying to save lives of hundreds of victims in the besieged city of Aleppo during the Syrian Civil War.

Directors: Feras Fayyad, Steen Johannessen | Stars: Khaled Umar Harah, Batul, Mahmoud, Abu Umar

Votes: 2,311 | Gross: $0.01M

11. L'homme qui répare les femmes: la colère d'Hippocrate (2015)

Not Rated | 112 min | Documentary, Biography, News

Winner of the Sakharov Prize 2014, Doctor Mukwege is internationally known as the man who mends thousands of women who have been raped during the 20 years of conflicts in the East of the ... See full summary »

Director: Thierry Michel | Stars: Martin Spinhayer, Denis Mukwege Mukengere, Hillary Clinton

Votes: 98

12. The Other Side of Hope (2017)

Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

84 Metascore

A poker-playing restaurateur and former traveling salesman befriends a group of refugees newly arrived to Finland.

Director: Aki Kaurismäki | Stars: Dome Karukoski, Ville Virtanen, Kati Outinen, Tommi Korpela

Votes: 9,296 | Gross: $0.18M

13. Radio Kobanî (2016)

70 min | Documentary

The extraordinary story of a young reporter in war-torn Kobanî.

Director: Reber Dosky | Star: Dilovan Kîko

Votes: 90

14. Raving Iran (I) (2016)

84 min | Documentary

Two DJ's in Tehran are battling to play the music they love and set up dance parties. Local regime does not look well at harbingers of western culture of decay so the protagonists need to do big decisions.

Director: Sue Meures

Votes: 735

15. Sea Blind, the Price of Shipping Our Stuff (2015 TV Movie)

61 min | Documentary

17 of the largest ships emit more sulfur than all the cars on the planet. How is this possible?

Directors: Sarah Robertson, Bernice Notenboom | Stars: Michael Byers, James Hansen, Mark Jacobson, Bernice Notenboom

Votes: 22

16. The Teacher (2016)

Unrated | 102 min | Comedy, Drama

77 Metascore

Since the arrival of the new teacher, Maria Drazdechova, to a Bratislava suburban school in the year of 1983, life has turned upside down for students and parents. The teacher's corrupted ... See full summary »

Director: Jan Hrebejk | Stars: Zuzana Mauréry, Zuzana Konecná, Csongor Kassai, Tamara Fischer

Votes: 2,236 | Gross: $0.06M

17. Chronique de mon village (2016)


CHRONICLES OF MY VILLAGE is the story of Bachir's childhood during the Algerian war of independence. The film considers how a child's innocence, curiosity and dreams can play alongside the ... See full summary »

Director: Karim Traïdia | Stars: Malik Bakhouche, Fatma Ben Saïdane, Mouni Bouallam, Lucien Guignard

Votes: 8

18. Martha & Niki (2016)

90 min | Documentary

Martha Nabwire and Niki Tsappos took part in the biggest international Street Dance Competition, Juste Debout in Paris. It was the first time ever two women became World Champions in Hip Hop.

Director: Tora Mårtens | Stars: Martha Nabwire, Nikki Tsaposs

Votes: 172

19. Alias Maria (2015)

TV-MA | 91 min | Drama, War

A vision of Colombia's inhuman armed conflict, seen through the eyes of a young - and pregnant - girl soldier.

Director: José Luis Rugeles | Stars: Carlos Clavijo, Anderson Gomez, Carmenza González, Lola Lagos

Votes: 334

20. Az állampolgár (2016)

109 min | Drama

80 Metascore

Wilson, a black man in his late fifties, has been living as a refugee in Hungary for years. He works as a security guard in Budapest and his main desire is to acquire Hungarian citizenship,... See full summary »

Director: Roland Vranik | Stars: Cake-Baly Marcelo, Ágnes Máhr, Arghavan Shekari, Tünde Szalontay

Votes: 577

21. Cities on Speed: Bogota Change (2009)

58 min | Documentary

How two entrepreneurial mayors have managed to transform Bogota from a polluted and overcrowded metropolis into a thriving user-friendly urban area.

Director: Andreas Dalsgaard

Votes: 101

22. Storyboard P, a Stranger in Sweden (2016)

52 min | Documentary, Adventure, Music

Brooklyn dancer Storyboard P's relentless quest to express himself takes him to unexpected places and pushes him and those around him to their limits.

Director: Matthew D'Arcy

Votes: 6

23. Maneuvers in the Dark (2012)

58 min | Documentary

Maneuvers in the Dark is the story of how three young Swedish entrepreneurs manage to sneak through the back door of North Korea in an attempt to produce jeans in the country, and of the ... See full summary »

Director: Maria Ramström | Stars: Jacob Ohlsson, Jacob Åström, Tor Rauden Källstigen, Fredrik Bergström

Votes: 12

24. Barakah Meets Barakah (2016)

88 min | Comedy, Romance

A guy from the middle class, meets a girl from A wealthy family, and they start a romance in a country that frowns upon it.

Director: Mahmoud Sabbagh | Stars: Hisham Fageeh, Fatima AlBanawi, Sami Hifny, Khairia Nazmi

Votes: 1,215

25. You've Been Trumped (2011)

Not Rated | 79 min | Documentary

57 Metascore

In this David and Goliath story for the 21st century, a group of proud Scottish homeowners take on celebrity tycoon Donald Trump as he buys up one of Scotland's last wilderness areas to build a golf resort.

Director: Anthony Baxter | Stars: Michael Forbes, Donald Trump, Anthony Baxter, Kevin Brown

Votes: 2,080 | Gross: $0.03M

26. Solitary (II) (2016)

TV-14 | 81 min | Documentary

See what it's like inside the maximum security prison. Kristi goes inside where no cameras are allowed. Red onion state prison is in southwest Virginia. mountains in all directions.

Director: Kristi Jacobson

Votes: 302

27. Keep Quiet (I) (2016)

90 min | Documentary

76 Metascore

An anti-Semitic far-right politician's astonishing transformation after finding out he is Jewish.

Directors: Sam Blair, Joe Martin | Star: Csanad Szegedi

Votes: 308 | Gross: $0.05M

28. No Place for a Rebel (2017)

76 min | Documentary

Sixteen years after rebels abducted him as a child, Opono Opondo returns home to Uganda as an adult war commander. Now he has to re-adapt to civil society. Opono grew up to become a war ... See full summary »

Directors: Ariadne Asimakopoulos, Maartje Wegdam

Votes: 24

30. Chroniques d'un Iran interdit (2011 TV Movie)

90 min | Documentary

While winds of freedom blow through the Arab world, the Iranian youth waits. They were the first to rise up against their leaders in 2009.

Director: Manon Loizeau | Stars: Neda Agha-Soltan, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Sohrab Arabi, Mehdi Chamran

Votes: 25

31. They Will Have to Kill Us First (2015)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary

67 Metascore

In 2012, jihadists took control of Northern Mali, imposing one of the harshest interpretations of sharia law in recent years and, crucially for Mali, banning music. Radio stations were ... See full summary »

Director: Johanna Schwartz | Stars: Aliou Touré, Oumar Touré, Garba Touré, Nathanael Dembélé

Votes: 112

32. 7 Days in Syria (2015)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary, Drama, War

In the most dangerous country in the world for journalists, Newsweek Middle East editor, Janine di Giovanni, risks it all to bear witness, ensuring that the world knows about the suffering of the Syrian people.

Director: Robert Rippberger | Stars: Janine di Giovanni, Nicole Tung, Omar Hattab, Nour Kelze

Votes: 281

33. Watani: My Homeland (2016)

40 min | Documentary, Short

Watani - My Homeland is the story of one family's fight and struggle to survive the Syrian Civil War. Having lost her husband, the mother makes the heart achingly painful decision to leave ... See full summary »

Director: Marcel Mettelsiefen

Votes: 224

34. Naila and the Uprising (2017)

76 min | Documentary, Animation, History

When a nation-wide uprising breaks out in 1987, a woman in Gaza must make a choice between love, family, and freedom. Undaunted, she embraces all three, joining a clandestine network of ... See full summary »

Director: Julia Bacha | Stars: Naila Ayesh, Zahira Kamal, Naima Al-Sheikh, Azza Al-Khafarneh

Votes: 43

35. Thank You for the Rain (2017)

87 min | Documentary

Five years ago Kisilu, a Kenyan farmer, started to use his camera to capture the life of his family, his village and the damages of climate change. When a violent storm throws him and a ... See full summary »

Director: Julia Dahr

Votes: 112

36. Silas (2017)

80 min | Documentary

Anjali Nayar and Hawa Essuman profile the life of Liberian activist Silas Siakor, a tireless crusader against illegal logging and a symbol of resistance for a new generation.

Directors: Hawa Essuman, Anjali Nayar

Votes: 56

37. Women of Venezuelan Chaos (2017)

83 min | Documentary

Five women from Venezuela, from different backgrounds and generations, draw a portrait of a society in perdition and allow us to take the pulse of a population in distress, to represent a ... See full summary »

Director: Margarita Cadenas

Votes: 21

38. City of Joy (2016)

74 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

This film follows the first class of students at a remarkable leadership center in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a region often referred to as "the worst place in the world to ... See full summary »

Director: Madeleine Gavin | Stars: Christine Schuler-Deschryver, Denis Mukwege Mukengere, Eve Ensler, Jane Mukunilwa

Votes: 322

39. A River Below (2017)

TV-14 | 86 min | Documentary

81 Metascore

A River Below captures the Amazon in all its complexity as it examines the actions of environmental activists using the media in an age where truth is a relative term.

Director: Mark Grieco | Stars: Richard Rasmussen, Fernando Trujillo

Votes: 165

40. Hasta los dientes (2018)

105 min | Documentary, Crime, Thriller

On March 19th 2010, the Mexican government announced the death of two hitmen, armed to the teeth, in the city of Monterrey, Nuevo León. Days later, it was discovered that they were in fact ... See full summary »

Director: Alberto Saúl Arnaut Estrada

Votes: 198

41. Turkey on the Edge (2017)

52 min | Documentary

The last few years have been decisive for the Turkish state. Once fiercely democratic and secular, Turkey under Erdogan has seen an erosion of liberties and the consolidation of power in one man's hands.

Director: Imre Azem

Votes: 18

42. No Country for the Poor (2017)

52 min | Documentary

In Hungary, the poor and weak are increasingly stigmatized to obscure the failure of the state. While authorities continue monopolizing power and turning citizens into subjects, extensive ... See full summary »

Director: Bryan Laszlo Bihari

43. A Stranger Came to Town (2017)


The Syrian conflict in Aleppo is complex. How to represent it truthfully to the world? A documentary.

Director: Thomas Vroege

Votes: 20

44. So Help Me God (2017)

100 min | Documentary

In this unapologetic and politically incorrect portrait, an extraordinary and eccentric Belgian judge takes viewers behind the scenes of real-life criminal investigations. The ... See full summary »

Directors: Yves Hinant, Jean Libon | Stars: Anne Gruwez, David Derumier, Serge Graide, Marc Slavic

Votes: 741

45. Anote's Ark (2018)

77 min | Documentary

A look at the devastating effects that climate change has on the people living on Kiribati, a low-lying atoll in the Pacific.

Director: Matthieu Rytz

Votes: 77

46. Profile (2018)

105 min | Mystery, Thriller

66 Metascore

An undercover British journalist infiltrates the online propaganda channels of the so-called Islamic State, only to be sucked in by her recruiter.

Director: Timur Bekmambetov | Stars: Valene Kane, Shazad Latif, Christine Adams, Amir Rahimzadeh

Votes: 277

47. Bruce Lee and the Outlaw (2018)

85 min | Documentary


Nicu, a young homeless boy, is adopted by Bruce Lee, the notorious "King of the Underworld" and goes to live with him in the tunnels underneath Bucharest.

As Nicu grows up, he starts to... See full synopsis »

Director: Joost Vandebrug | Stars: Florin Hora, Anghelescu Costica Nicusor, Raluca Pahomi

Votes: 54

48. Screwdriver (2018)

108 min | Drama

Palestinian director Bassam Jarbawi's debut feature film tackles the physical and emotional toll of one man's return home after 15 years in an Israeli jail.

Director: Bassam Jarbawi | Stars: Ziad Bakri, Areen Omari, Jameel Khoury, Yasmine Qaddumi

Votes: 108

49. The Tower (I) (2018)

74 min | Animation

A young girl living in a Palestinian refugee camp learns about her family's history through stories told by three previous generations of refugees.

Director: Mats Grorud | Stars: Aïssa Maïga, Slimane Dazi, Darina Al Joundi, Saïd Amadis

Votes: 219