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Non-fiction features and programs, often stranger than fiction, and just as dramatic or comical…

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Chasing AsylumChasing Asylum (2016)
Dir. Eva Orner
A hotly topical documentary exposing the real impact of Australia's offshore detention policies and explores how 'The Lucky Country' became one where leaders choose detention over compassion and governments deprive the desperate of their basic human rights. Featuring never before seen footage from inside…
Act of KindnessAct of Kindness (2015)
Dir. Costa Botes, Sven Pannell
Charting the ripple effects of real compassion, this inspiring true story follows a spirited young New Zealander’s search for the Rwandan samaritan who assisted him through a dangerous predicament over ten years before.
National Bird: Drone WarsNational Bird: Drone Wars (2016)
Dir. Sonia Kennebeck
A chilling expose of America's modern warfare program in which the ethics and possibilities of a deadly new technology are being determined, with often catastrophic human costs. This doco follows three former drone operators as they struggle to come to terms with their part in murderous raids over…
First Monday in May, TheFirst Monday in May, The (2016)
Dir. Andrew Rossi
Star-studded glimpse into the hectic preparation involved in the creation of The Metropolitan Museum of Art's most attended fashion exhibition in history, "China: Through The Looking Glass," an exploration of Chinese-inspired Western fashions by Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton.
Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story of Dream AllianceDark Horse: The Incredible True Story of Dream Alliance (2015)
Dir. Louise Osmond
An inspirational and life-affirming rags-to-riches true story of a barmaid who bred a champion racehorse. Set in a former mining village in Wales, a group of friends from a working men's club take on the elite 'sport of kings' by training a young foal to beat the finest thoroughbreds in the country. A…
TickledTickled (2016)
Dir. David Farrier, Dylan Reeve
Utterly engrossing documentary from Kiwi journo David Farrier, who stumbles into the bizarre world of "competitive tickling" that leads him on an investigative trail towards something much more pervasive and sinister. Unique in subject, but following a path established by cautionary internet docos like…
heART of the matter, TheheART of the matter, The (2016)
Dir. Luit Bieringa
A valuable historical documentary tracing the remarkable shifts in educational philosophy in New Zealand during the post WWII years, in which rote-learning was replaced with an arts-oriented, thoroughly bi-cultural education system.