The 66th Sydney Film Festival
More than 70 feature documentaries are included in this long-running Australian event.
I AM NO BIRD
Among the ten Australian films in the running for the Documentary Australia Foundation Award are several world premieres, including: Em Baker’s I AM NO BIRD
, which follows women from around the world as they prepare for their weddings; Peter Hegedus’ LILI
, about a woman’s quest to track down the half-sister her mother abandoned when fleeing Hungary in 1956; Kaye Harrison’s SANCTUARY
, about an Iraqi interpreter-turned-refugee over ten years; and Sascha Ettinger Epstein’s LIFE AFTER THE OASIS
, a follow-up to a previous project about Sydney’s homeless teens; as well as the Australian premiere of George Gittoes’ WHITE LIGHT
, which explores life and death on Chicago’s south side.
THE FINAL QUARTER
Other nonfiction programming not previous covered here includes the world premiere of Ian Darling’s THE FINAL QUARTER
, about the turbulent final years of an indigenous soccer player who spoke out against racism; as well as work like Martin Scorsese’s upcoming ROLLING THUNDER REVUE: A BOB DYLAN STORY BY MARTIN SCORSESE
, on the titular 1975 tour; Asad Raza’s MINOR HISTORY
, which considers the past 90 years through the lens of the filmmaker’s eccentric uncle’s life; Daniel Gonçalves’ MY NAME IS DANIEL
, on the filmmaker’s quest to understand his disability; Rebecca Tansley’s MY HEART DANCES
, about the cultural clash that ensued when a Czech choreographer re-imaged THE PIANO for the ballet; and Justin Pemberton’s CAPITAL IN THE 21ST CENTURY
, a provocative exploration of wealth, power, and inequality.