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A documentary traveller: An online retrospective Sean McAllister


Sean McAllister is a British documentary filmmaker who has brought stories from Israel, Iraq, Japan, and most recently Syria and Yemen. Sean's films portray people with characteristic intimacy and frankness, specifically in the film Japan: A Story of Love and Hate. Do not miss this unique opportunity to watch 5 films from a filmmaker who Michael Moore marks as "one of the most brave and powerful filmmakers around".

Watch the retrospective for FREE from September 10 to 16.

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Films for the event


The Minders

The Minders (Orig.) / 1998 / United Kingdom / 50 min

Sean McAllister creates a double portrait of his Ministry of Information minders, Kifah and Alla, following the aversion of the 1998 crisis in Iraq....




Settlers (Orig.) / 2000 / United Kingdom / 60 min

Tension mounts to the boiling point as Jewish “settlers” encroach upon the formerly exclusive Arab neighbourhoods of Jerusalem...



Hull`s Angel

Hull`s Angel (Orig.) / 2002 / United Kingdom / 49 min

Since losing her job at a hostel for failing to work within the Home Office’s strict guidelines, 48-year-old Tina has continued to help Hull’s 1,500 asylum seekers for free...



The Liberace of Baghdad

The Liberace of Baghdad (Orig.) / 2004 / Denmark, United Kingdom / 71 min

Samir Peter, once Iraq’s most famous pianist now plays in a half-empty hotel bar to contractors, mercenaries and besieged journalists...



Japan: A Story of Love and Hate

Japan: A Story of Love and Hate (Orig.) / 2008 / United Kingdom / 67 min

Naoki 56, had it all in Japan’s bubble economy days: he ran a business with 70 staff, drove a brand new BMW, and lived in a 6 bedroom house...



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