Sheffield Doc Fest


June 7-12 Sheffield Doc/Fest celebrates emerging and established talents of documentary filmmaking and nonfiction storytelling, engages with the best of international production, explores topical stories from around the world. Over six days, a kaledoscopic range of the most bold and innovative documentary filmmakers, a program packed with more than 200 screenings, 8 sections, talks an events.


DOC/THINK, new ways of seeing and thinking about the world, from politics to science to philosophy

A JOURNEY TO THE FUMIGATED TOWNS by Fernando Solanas – An investigative documentary depicting the human and political portrait of the environmental crisis in Argentina and giving voice to dramatic stories and testimonies from farmers and researchers.

BOYS WHO LIKE GIRLS by Inka Achte – The rape scourge in India. Two years have passed since the infamous Delhi gang rape. Ved, a teenanger, joins the association ‘Men Against Violence and Abuse’ an association where he takes a path towards the comprehension of male violence in the family and in the society.

CENTRAL AIRPORT THF by Karim Aïnouz – A modern Babylon, the closed-down airport of Tempelhof in Berlin. The symbol of Third Reich and its power, Tempelhof has become a temporary home for over 3000 asylum seekers. The story of one of them, 18-year-old Ibrahim, struggle to learn German, stuck in the limbo of Templehof airport.

ESTA TODO BIEN by Tuki Jencquel – Francisco is an activist who delivers medicines in Venezuela where 16.000 doctors have left the country. The snapshot of four men courageously struggle to face the staggering health care crisis hitting the Venezuelans.

THE CLEANERS by Moritz Riesewieck and Hans Block – Who checks the online content? Who is behind the “digital cleaning”? The Cleaners, people outsourced from Silicon Valley every day check thousands of online images deleting off the internet, censoring what they find “inappropriate”.


DOC/LOVE, stories that celebrate the power of love, family, and friendship

AMAL by Mohamed Siam – The film follows five years in the life of a young, Egyptian woman’s life, from when she was 14 years old on the barricades of Tahrir Square to adult woman with dreams for the future, dreams of liberty and democracy. The story of Amal is the story of an entire generation still demanding change and freedom.


DOC/EXPOSE, investigation documentaries centered on corruption, crime, and injustice, from frontlines to headlines

A THOUSAND GIRLS LIKE ME by Sahra Mani – Khatera is a 23-year-old Afghan woman sexually abused by her father. Seeking justice years Khatera encounters against the faulty Afghan judicial system and the unprotected women’s rights.

COMMANDER ARIAN by Alba Sotorra – Commander Arian is the military leader of a group female fighters of the YPJ – Women Protection Units – who broke through the siege of Kobane and warded off IS. A struggle for freedom and female emancipation.

LAILA AT THE BRIDGE by Elissa Mirzaei and Gulistan Mirzaei – Afghanistan is the country with the world’s largest opium production and export. In Afghanistan live the greatest number of heroin addicts. Many of them are left to their own destiny in the ravines of Kabul. Wars and corruption fuel the opium trade being institutions totally absent when not corrupted. Laila  struggles to help these people housing them in her centres.

OUR NEW PRESIDENT by Maxim Pozdorovkin. Donald Trump’s election recounted by Russian propaganda. An inconvenient but satirical portray of Russia’s media and its system of fake news and misinformation that brought to the White House a completely erratic president.

KINSHASA MAKAMBO by Dieudo Hamadi – an insight into the brutal everyday existence of Congolese resistance fighters in the framework of protests against Kabila’s refusal to step down and prolong his mandate. The doc follows three activists trying to mobilise a rebel generation.

THE BALLYMURPHY PRECEDENT by Callum Macrae – The unknown story of one of the cruelest episodes happened through The Troubles, the years of conflict in Northern Ireland. In Belfast, in 1971, the British army killed eleven innocent people, anticipating the most known Bloody Sunday killings just some months later.

LOST WARRIOR by Nasib Farah –  The story of Mohammed, a Somalia guy coming from a past of integralist being in the present a loving father. As a teenager in London Mohammed ended up in prison where he became radicalised. Extradited to Somalia, Mohammed joins Al-Shabab to the day he finds out that Al-Shabab is not a liberation movement but a bloody terrorist organization. He meets Fathi sent from London to Somalia to be ‘reeducated’. They fall in love, have a child and wait for someone who decide for them where to go and live together as a family.

THE CONGO TRIBUNAL by Milo Rau – A theatrical piece to unravel the tangle of the reasons underlying the war in Eastern Congo. An ambitious work to bring to the attention of the Congolese people, Europeans and the Western media the issue of the responsibility for the longest-lasting conflict in African history, the so-called mineral conflict.

THE DISTANT BARKING OF DOGS by Simon Lereng Wilmont – A poignant and strong portrait of Oleg, a ten-year-old child livig in Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine, where war has been fighting for four years. Oleg lives with his grandmother the only warm bond he has. Oleg learns how to survive, become familiar with the sound of missile strikes, the echoes of anti-aircraft fire, mines and shelters. The film shows the effects of conflict on children.

UNDER THE WIRE by Chris Martin – The story of Marie Colvin and Paul Conroy, two war-correspondents, entered in Syria to cover the siege of Homs. They ended up trapped with only Conroy returning home alive. Based on Conroy’s book the documentary features never-before-seen footage inside Homs.

WHISPERING TRUTH TO POWER by Shameela Seedat – The champion of anti-corruption in South Africa, Thuli Madonsela, filmed during the final year in office while facing the challenge of President Jacob Zuma and his corrupted government.

WHEN THE WAR COMES by Jan Gebert – An unsetting and hard-hitting picture of the rising of nationalism through the young Slovak paramilitary organisation “Slovenski Branci”.

VICTORY DAY by Sergei Loznitsa – A film centered on the huge crowds that gather each year at the Soviet War Memorial in Berlin-Treptow on May 9th. People come dressed in their best outfits or in Soviet military uniform, carry flags, banners and posters. They sing, dance, drink celebrating the victory of the Soviet Union over Nazi Germany.


DOC/ADVENTURE, a ride through adventure with exciting trips and engaging challenges

BEFORE FATHER GETS BACK by Mari Gulbiani – In a remote mountain village of Georgia, in a classroom some kids for the first time get engaged with cinematic experience. For two of them, Iman and Eva, two Muslim girls, the experience becomes a turning point inspiring them to take the camera and start filming the daily lives of the village ridden with radicalism.

TANZANIA TRANSIT by Jeroen van Velzen – A train crossing Tanzania presents a rolling microcosm of East African society. Three different characters travel in three separate compartments of the train: Rukia, an entrepreneurial woman, travels second class. Isaya, a charismatic old Masai in the train’s poorest part, Peter, a preacher, travels first class. They all reflect different stories of hardship and breakthrough.

TESTIMONIES OF A MASSACRE : TULA TOLI by Shafiur Rahman – Filmed along the border between Myanmar and Bangladesh among the Rohingya refugee camps. The shocking testimony of some survivors of Tula Toli, the worst massacre of the Rakhine crisis of 2017.


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