Director: Penny Lane
Chronicling the extraordinary rise of one of the most colorful and controversial religious movements in American history, Hail Satan? is a fascinating and enlightened look at the religious and political organisation called The Satanic Temple. When the members organize a series of public actions designed to advocate for religious freedom and challenge corrupt authority, they prove that with little more than a clever idea, a mischievous sense of humor, and a few rebellious friends, you can speak truth to power in some truly profound ways. Funny, illuminating, and entertaining throughout, this film will redefine your understanding of Satan-worship as you know it.
EDGE OF THE KNIFE (UK PREMIERE)
Director: Gwaai Edenshaw, Helen Haig-Brown
In a 19th-century summer, two large families gather for their annual fishing retreat on the far-removed island of Haida Gwaii. Adiits'ii, a charming nobleman, accidentally causes the death of his best friend Kwa's son and hastens into the wilderness. Adiits'ii is tormented by what he has done and spirals into insanity, becoming Gaagiixid, a supernatural being crazed by hunger. This is a rare film; the first feature to be made entirely in the Haida language of Pacific-coast Canada and co-directed by an indigenous woman. While it’s often as brutal as it is beautiful, it certainly offers a unique insight into a culture we may otherwise never witness. Remarkable.
THE SOCIAL MODEL
Director: 104 Films
The Social Model is a feature documentary looking at how disabled people are portrayed as victims, villains or martyrs in film and television and how able-bodied filmmakers and actors have exploited negative depictions of disability to win awards and gain stardom. The film examines the emerging grassroots disability film movement in the UK and how disabled people are fighting back against outdated and outmoded portrayals of disability. Featuring interviews with noted disabled academics, filmmakers and actors alongside examples of disability cinema from the disabled community and the mainstream this thought-provoking documentary poses questions to challenge the status quo in the film industry.