London Short Film Festival 2021

DOCUMENTARY: System Failure (International)

Expired January 22, 2021 6:30 PM
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How many people are forced to be collateral damage in a system where the odds are against them? 

In a world built on questionable foundations of bureaucracy, people are failed daily by the laws and institutions supposedly there to order our world in fair and equitable ways. 

Looking to a world of perpetual crises, from migrants at the Turkish border to the police’s mistreatment of detainees with mental health issues closer to home, these non-fiction works articulate a failed system, and those who suffer for it.

Programmed by Miranda Mungai. 71'

This programme contains descriptions of mental breakdowns and physical abuse by police.

Please note, the film A HORSE HAS MORE BLOOD THAN A HUMAN and FORGET ALBERTO FOR NOW is only available to watch for UK audiences at the request of the filmmakers.

Subtitles are provided with thanks to our partnership with Subly.



Around 1,700 people have gone into police custody in the UK since 1990 and never left. These incidents feature a staggeringly high number of people – about half – suffering a mental health crisis when they come into contact with police, their stories often lost amid years of inquests, inquiries and misrepresentation.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    19 minutes
  • Country
    United Kingdom
  • Director
    Tom Goulding, Frank Macpherson