The 21st Leeds International Film Festival aims to give space to the films and documentaries that are often denied mainstream screenings.
There is an exclusive retrospective of the Japanese documentary filmmaker Kazuo Hara. Along with Sachiko Kobayashi, his wife and producer, he will be introducing all their films at the festival.
Hara’s films have had a huge political impact in Japan.
They cover subjects such as attitudes to disability, sexuality and monogamy, and have inspired others to create more challenging and controversial films.
His documentary The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On has made the most impact.
Commended by Michael Moore as “the most amazing piece of filmmaking”, it follows war veteran Kenzo Okuzaki’s pursuit of those implicated in a Second World War cover up which led to the deaths of several soldiers.
Other films in the festival take up issues of climate change, women’s oppression, corporate greed and war.
Activist filmmakers Ernesto Cabellos and Stephanie Boyd present the film Tambogrande: Mangos, Murder, Mining, which looks at the struggles of people in the Peruvian town against an aggressive mining company.
Everything’s Cool examines the disinformation and changing perceptions of climate change.
The Russian arthouse sci-fi film, Ugly Swans, looks at the rift between generations and questions what happens when a country becomes afraid of its youth.
Leeds International Film Festival
7 to 18 November
0113 294 3801