Documentary film was once described as the ‘creative treatment of actuality’ by the pioneering documentarian John Grierson in 1926. Since then, this genre of film has become an art form in itself, often combining innovative technique with cinematic eloquence and style. The Berlin Film Society has curated a unique programme of exemplary documentary films which explore topics as diverse as censorship, race, sexuality, cinematic history, collective and personal memory, war on drugs, and even the medium of filmmaking itself. The programme is intended to showcase significant new and archive films that deal with and communicate the addressed issues in creative, effective and imaginative ways. Ultimately, the programme will offer new perspectives in cinema and challenge the generally accepted views of society.