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Top five films to see at Raindance Film Festival 2016

A stoner comedy, a Mexican satire, a hard-hitting human rights documentary… all this and more will be showing at this year’s Raindance Film Festival, which is taking place in London until 2nd October. Here are five unmissable films showing at Vue Piccadilly.

After Adderall (up for Best Feature)

In 2010, James Franco optioned the rights to Stephen Elliott’s The Adderall Diaries, a memoir about how the author coped with writer’s block by self-medicating with a drug commonly used to treat ADHD. The film adaptation, starring Franco and Ed Harris, premiered in 2015. After Adderall is a film about the making of this adaptation, directed by Elliott himself – or “a movie about what happens when James Franco makes a movie about you.”

When can I see it? 24th and 30th September.
Top five films to see at Raindance Film Festival 2016

A Brilliant Genocide (up for Best Documentary)

One hundred million people around the world watched "Kony2012", a viral video about the plight of children in Uganda at the hands of warlord Joseph Kony. The video called for international action to stop him – and while it took social media by storm, it also drew a lot of criticism over its credibility. A Brilliant Genocide is the thoroughly researched, fact-filled antidote to "Kony2012", which investigates the atrocities committed by the Yoweri Museveni against Uganda’s Acholi people under the guise of crushing Kony’s rebellion.

When can I see it? 27th and 30th September.
Top five films to see at Raindance Film Festival 2016

Pan-American Machinery (up for Best Feature)

Panamerican Machinery is a run-down factory in Mexico City. Its employees are happily winding down for the weekend, until a shocking event breaks their routine: their beloved boss, Don Alejandro, is found dead in the back of the warehouse. There’s more, too: the company is on the verge of bankruptcy and everyone's job is on the line. In a state of confusion, fear and grief, the employees decide to cover up their boss’s death and lock the factory doors…

When can I see it? 23rd and 25th September. 
Top five films to see at Raindance Film Festival 2016

A Double Life (up for Best Feature)

Directed by Japanese filmmaker Yoshiyuki Kishi, A Double Life is inspired by the work of Sophie Calle, a French conceptual artist who followed strangers around Paris, photographed them, and wrote about their lives. Tama, a philosophy student working on her PhD dissertation, is convinced by her professor to follow and report on the daily routine of a stranger. Tama chooses her subject and quickly discovers that he leads a double life.

When can I see it? 24th and 29th September. 
Top five films to see at Raindance Film Festival 2016

AmStarDam (up for Best UK Feature)

AmStarDam is a riotous adventure around the Dutch capital that combines classic fairytale with stoner comedy. Jack heads to Amsterdam in search of his father – only to discover that he’s the failed owner of a marijuana coffee shop. But a chance encounter with a homeless man might hold the answer to turning his dad’s business around...

When can I see it? 26th and 28th September.
Top five films to see at Raindance Film Festival 2016
The Raindance Film Festival will take place in London’s West End from 21st September - 2nd October. Tickets are currently on sale at raindancefestival.org.