The BFI Documentary Residential Academy is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet award winning filmmakers, network, learn practical filmmaking skills and produce a documentary that will be screened in front of friends and family. If you love documentary film then this is the course for you!
The Fall tells the remarkable story of a South African barefoot runner, an American track and field prodigy and a journey behind the events of one of the most memorable moments in sporting history at the 1984 L.A. Olympics.
An immersive, experiential film about the deaf world, with its unique humour and culture – a world which most of us rarely encounter.
Sometimes shocking, yet ultimately heart-warming, this emotionally charged series follows 16 unique families during their search for their birth family.
For the first time, viewers are given front row seats to MP David Lammy’s Tottenham surgery – one of the busiest there is, in perhaps the most infamous borough in the UK.
Isaac isn’t a typical teen: he suffers from Asperger’s but overcomes his identity issues with a unique dress sense – and now wants to win a slot at Brighton Fashion week.
This intimate film shines a light on the staff and residents of Save the Family, an innovative and invaluable charity in North Wales that houses homeless families on the brink of losing their kids to care. It's a tale of trauma, loss and ultimately hope.
Actor David Suchet sets off on a personal journey across the Mediterranean world, investigating the epic story of a man he has long been fascinated by because of this faith.
After a catastrophic stroke, Tony Nicklinson was left utterly paralysed. Only able to communicate via a computer controlled by his eyes, Tony wants to die, but he cannot kill himself without help – and anyone who did that would be committing murder.
Tommy leads the EDL; Sayful leads an extremist group of Muslims – these leaders and groups collide on the streets of Luton in a series of headline-grabbing national protests.
Children, teenagers and their families together with celebs, volunteers and staff will experience an extra special slice of Christmas cheer in December, as the ITV1 Carol Concert will be filmed at Christopher’s, the CHASE children’s hospice.
In summer 2010 a global controversy erupted when a US Muslim property developer tried to construct a mosque at the site of the 9/11 terror attacks: this is his story.
Nine of the world’s leading Biblical experts re-examine the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ life and investigate the sites of his most crucial experiences.
Women old enough to be grandmothers are having babies with the help of IVF. This film tells some incredible stories of controversial fertility treatment, loss, social stigma and hope.
Was Jesus’ body wrapped in the Turin Shroud? The question has divided people for years – but an incredible new discovery means for the first time its authenticity can be determined.
The Dead Sea Scrolls have been hailed as the greatest archaeological find of the modern era – but from the outset they have attracted controversy.
Six short films with Kate and Gerry McCann as they continue the search for their missing daughter.
Six young teenagers from estates around North London run a very unusual business from a skip – but can they turn a profit?
This Cutting Edge film, which has unprecedented access to those closest to Brady, charts his ongoing attempts to influence and control those around him.
Famed for telling the backstories to religious art, here we meet the ‘real’ Wendy who talks frankly and humorously about her life – and death for the first time.
In 2011, Jennifer Mills-Westley, a 60-year-old British grandmother, was attacked and publicly beheaded in broad daylight in Tenerife.
Over an 18 month period, BAFTA award winning director Jessie Versluys followed the remarkable work of Victim Support’s National Homicide Team, as they worked with people who have been bereaved by murder.
Kim Philby was the quintessential English spy; he was ‘one of us’. But suspicions grew of his loyalty – then one day he fled: he was a soviet spy all along.
Julie, Hattie and Reece are determined to become Paralympians and show their disabilities haven’t held them back – but the competition to reach Rio is fiercer than they could have ever imagined.
Archaeologist Dr. Jeff Rose tells the remarkable stories of the Bible Hunters – bold adventurers who gained notoriety while risking life and limb to uncover the earliest bible texts.
This film gains fascinating and extremely rare insight into a controlled world, through the eyes of a young British Mormon, dedicated to serving his Church.
GREAT WAR DIARIES reveals the simple human experience of 1914-18, unsullied by historical interpretation.
From the upmarket resident who dresses in Victorian clothing to the cabbie living in social housing, this is an intimate portrait of the characters who live, work and play in one of London's most famous areas.
This is the story of the enigmatic traitor who traded secrets with the Soviet Union, and made a death defying escape – triggering an international manhunt.
Actor David Suchet is in search of one of the most puzzling characters in history.
Scottish teenager Iona is facing the biggest international competition of her life: the World Junior Surf Championship. Determined to not let herself or her country down, will Iona master the treacherous waters and come home a champion?
Sixteen year old Lewis is a young man on a big mission to create a mega prom for teenagers who – like him – have missed out on their own school prom due to illness. Will he succeed?
Gay Irish Catholic Simon wants to marry his boyfriend Matthew, who is Jewish. This is his quest to find out if Judaism is more tolerant of homosexuality.
Presenters Alison Hilliard and Gogglebox’s Revd Kate Bottley guide us through a variety of Christian groups across Britain, showing how they celebrate Christmas.
Thanksgiving is a celebration of the colonisation of America; but the story of the pilgrims arriving at Plymouth Rock is rife with struggle and doubt.
An all-star cast of Neil Morrissey, Debbie McGee, Heather Small, Ed Byrne, Kate Bottley, Raphael Rowe and JJ Chalmers make a spiritual journey of a lifetime, travelling the famous medieval pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago.
During the Cold War it was difficult to know friend from foe; treacherous spies pervaded every corner of MI5 and MI6. The very best of them hid in plain sight, and none were more blatant than Guy Burgess.
Eight celebrities of differing faiths and beliefs strap on backpacks and have 15 days to tackle the ancient 2000km Via Francigena pilgrimage, from the Swiss Alps to Rome.
The reality TV star and Luton Town FC club doctor opens up about his dyslexia, his medical career and his Christian faith.
The Jewish charity that helped people in the Bosnian war during the siege of Sarajevo.
We are looking for committed, talented young people between the age of 16 and 19 to be a part our HULL or LONDON BFI Film Academy 2023. No formal qualifications are needed – just a passion for film!
How John Paul II angered supporters of Nicaragua’s left-wing Sandinista government during his visit in 1983.
The garment industry in Bangladesh has become safer and greener – but who’s paying the price?
The story of human rights campaigner Rosario Ibarra, who became the first political outsider to stand for president in Mexico.
Twenty years after the US-led invasion, four young Iraqis recall life under occupation and share their hopes and fears for the future.
The Catholic bishop who was killed just days after launching an important human rights report.
Celebrities take a journey of a lifetime. They all have different faiths and beliefs - will stepping in ancient footsteps on a spiritual journey broaden minds?
Fr Christopher Jamison and Bonnie Lander Johnson find seasonal hope in nature and astronomy, stories and art.
Remona Aly and three guests discuss spiritual maturity in Islam.
The Humanists UK organisation helped us get access to a very special woman, Cathy, who agreed to be filmed for an interview about her life and her impending death due to a terminal illness.
The Japanese art form that’s become a symbol of how brokenness can ultimately enhance the human spirit.
Floyd Bledsoe’s belief in Christian forgiveness was put to the test when his brother accused him of murder.
Meet Denis Mukwege, surgeon, Christian and Nobel Peace Prize winner, who constantly risks his life to help women injured by sexual violence.
With accessibility and in-person events affected by the pandemic, The Salters' Institute moved their chemistry club and festivals online with a host of videos showing chemists they've supported demonstrating important experiments and sharing knowledge.
Singer Oritsé Williams, who himself looked after his sick mother from the age of 12, meets the next generation of young carers.
Watch Ivy experience her naming ceremony, with the key features explained, while her parents discuss the Humanist principles they want to instill in her.
Why people from other faiths sing in church choirs – especially at Christmas.
The stories of some of Britain’s most iconic bells, cast at Britain’s last major bell foundry in Loughborough.
How a man with profound mental health issues made a woman question her Christian certainties.
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Leah Broad explores Ralph Vaughan Williams’ legacy as a teacher and champion of women composers.
The film follows Seren, a mixed-heritage British girl, as she discovers what being British means to her, and how the service contributions of Black, African, and Caribbean men and women are recognised in today’s multi-cultural society.
The Salters' Institute's inaugural Wild City project gave four schools the chance to compete for the prize of a brand new garden being built at their school. But every school walked away with a prize and learning.
16 adventurous and fun films with young presenters exploring sites of geographical significance across the UK.
How Muslims are trying to heed the call in the Qur’an to be better guardians of nature.
We are looking for committed, talented young people between the age of 16 and 19 to be a part our HULL or LONDON BFI Film Academy 2022. No formal qualifications are needed – just a passion for film!
How Norway’s Christian and Muslim leaders forget a historic pact on the right to convert.
A woman called Deema remembers life in the Iraqi city in the mid-2000s, when Shia militias moved in.
Why is the Russian Orthodox Church supporting Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine? And are the Russian President’s alleged religious motives genuine? Lucy Ash and guests discuss.
Christ’s disciples looked after his body with great care after he was taken down from the cross. So why do we shrink from dead bodies today?
Remona Aly explores how the Islamic holy month can be made more environmentally friendly and less wasteful.
Mark Dowd examines a key question of faith: how can a loving God allow good people to suffer?
Pav Gill, a Sikh lawyer living in Singapore, joined the Wirecard financial services empire in 2017. It didn’t take him long to realize that there were fraudulent business practices going on.
From an early age, Fatima Daas knew that she was different. Her upbringing dictated that she would have to choose between Islam and her sexuality.
June Joplin was born outwardly a boy – but at the age of 11, at a Christian summer camp, two things became very clear to her: that she was supposed to be a pastor, and that she was supposed to be a girl.
Mariella explores the life and times, and landscapes, of classic British women writers.
Music historian Leah Broad explores why the music of three 20th century women composers, much loved at the time, is so little heard today.
What would it have been like for a young first-time mother to give birth far from home? For this Christmas edition of Things Unseen, Rae Duke talks to two modern-day midwives, Ruth and Suyai, to hear their thoughts on what it might have been like for a young woman like Mary to give birth without pain relief, monitors, birthing pools or at least an antiseptic environment. Stand by for some hair-raising stories!
In this series of Essays, Madeleine Bunting asks why ritual has been such a pervasive feature of human societies and whether the 21st century may see much of it disappear.
How medical teams look after the emotional well-being of Covid patients and families.
The BFI Documentary Residential Academy is a one-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet award winning filmmakers, network, learn practical filmmaking skills and produce a documentary that will be screened in front of friends and family. If you love documentary film then this is the course for you!
Dr Ignacio Ponseti revolutionised the treatment of children with 'club foot' replacing invasive surgery with physiotherapy. We hear from one of the beneficiaries.
Understanding Addiction is a powerful 9 film series intended for educational use. It includes 7 interviews with a variety of people who have experienced dependency and its negative effects. But all of these dark testimonies end with with a message of hope and recovery: there is always light at the end of the tunnel.
We are looking for committed, talented young people between the age of 16 and 19 to be a part our HULL or LONDON BFI Film Academy 2021. No formal qualifications are needed – just a passion for film!
This film discusses the existence of racism in the U.K. and demonstrates healthy conversation and good communication skills when discussing challenging topics.
We made four short films to showcase the history, architecture, garden, outreach and staff of the Salters' Company, one of the UK's original livery companies.
Danish visual artist Eske Kath joins British-Mexican artist Emma in Copenhagen as she oversees the Danish leg of an ambitious collaborative artwork: a tapestry of large-scale images of endangered species. Highlighted as Pick of the Day in the Guardian guide.
10 short documentaries about 10 brilliant black individuals who have contributed to our economy, culture and history.
As Ramadan gets underway, Uyghur exiles tell the story of their people; their distinctive cultural and Islamic traditions and the oppression they face from the Chinese government.
Moving between the present day and the 1st century, Patient 13 fills in the gaps of the Gospels in an intriguing look at the events of Holy Week, when Jesus, hailed as the ‘Christ’, was cheered into Jerusalem, executed by the Romans, and then apparently came back to life.
The man who survived Morocco’s notorious desert jail following a complete surrender to God.
The Christian couple who were expecting a baby with Down’s syndrome – and had hard choices to make.
The story of Rais Bhuiyan, who tried to save the man who shot him from execution.
What is commitment? What does commitment look like for different families? Produced in partnership with FASTN, four families discuss their relationships.
Six animated Bible Stories with a twist - each is told in a pop culture format, such as: Samson as a Marvel movie; Moses and the Ten Commandments as if he were an influencer on a Youtube channel; The Feeding of the 5000 as if it's a TV cooking show competition. Entertaining and educational in equal measure, watch them all now...
Nearly one in five women in the UK now reach their 40s without having children. Among them was the writer and teacher Blanche Girouard, and she desperately wanted a baby. So she decided to freeze her eggs and find an anonymous donor. The journey was fraught, but then a Christmas miracle occurred.
In 1978 over 900 US citizens died at Jonestown, a remote settlement in Guyana. The vast majority were members of a community run by the charismatic Rev Jim Jones, taking their own lives under armed guard on his orders. But how does a church known for racial integration and practical help for the poor, come to such a destructive end?