A greatly expanded London International Documentary Festival is to return on Mar 29, after the success of its inaugural outing in 2007.

Presenting over 50 films across the eight days of the festival programme, the LIDF will hold events and screenings at eight London venues, including the Barbican, the Curzon cinemas, and the British Museum.

A screening of Joshua Dudgale's The Unwinking Gaze, a film which follows the Dalai Lama's attempts to engage with the Chinese government, is set to commence the festival's Opening Night at London's famous arthouse venue The Prince Charles Cinema.

The festival will also play host the UK premieres of Oscar Hedin's Aching Heart, which examines several young Muslim men who were seeking martyrdom, and Alexandru Solomon's Cold Waves, which details the subversive history of the 'invisible and unreachable' Radio Free Europe. Each of these screenings is to be followed by a Q&A session and panel discussion conducted with the film's director.

Other highlights that are on offer this year include 'A Conversation in Europe,' the European-focused strand of the LIDF. A series of screenings, Q&As and discussions make up the initiative in support of the EU Year of Inter-Culture Dialogue.

The festival, which is presented in association with the London Review of Books, is the brainchild of Patrick Hazard and Jessie Teggin, and is curated by PocketVisions.