The 26th Sheffield Doc/Fest
This popular British event presents more than 100 new and recent features, organized into several thematic sections.
Personal relationships are showcased in Doc/Love, and includes the world premieres of Archana Atul Phadke’s ABOUT LOVE
, a multigenerational portrait of the filmmaker’s Indian family; Claudia Marschal’s IN OUR PARADISE
, which follows several children from disparate places; Kristof Bilsen’s MOTHER
, about a Thai caregiver and her European charges with Alzheimer’s; and Bara Jichova Tyson’s TALKING ABOUT ADULTERY
, which takes an intimate look at marriage, sex, and infidelity. Other work in this section includes Theodore Collatos and Carolina Monnerat’s QUEEN OF LAPA
, about a trans sex worker and activist; and Elín Hansdóttir, Hanna Björk Valsdóttir, and Anna Rún Tryggvadóttir’s DIVE: RITUALS IN WATER
, about an Icelandic man who teaches infants to swim.
Among the projects in the Doc/Adventure strand are Gints Grube and Jaak Kilmi’s MY FATHER THE SPY
, focused on a woman who explores her father’s life as a Soviet double agent; Andres Torres’ THE FORTRESS
, about Colombian soccer fans who follow their team to an away game; Marwa Zein’s KHARTOUM OFFSIDE
, on a women’s soccer team in Islamic Sudan; and Agostino Ferrente’s SELFIE
, about two teen friends making a film about their rough neighborhood in Naples.
THAT WHICH DOES NOT KILL
The thought-provoking films of Doc/Think include: Arthur Cary’s WAR IN THE BLOOD
, about two experimental cancer drug trial patients; Aaron Zeghers and Lewis Bennett’s DANNY
, a found footage portrait of a man facing his mortality in 1993; Máximo Ciambella and Damián Coluccio’s THE BLACK TREE
, about an indigenous Argentine goat breeder facing challenges by corporations; and Alexe Poukine’s THAT WHICH DOES NOT KILL
, which explores sexual assault through the story of a 19-year-old woman.
Investigative projects are the focus of Doc/Expose, including: Victoria Alvares and Quentin Delaroche’s BLOCK
, about the face-off between striking truck drivers and the Brazilian military in the lead-up to the country’s recent presidential election; Olivier Magis’ ANOTHER PARADISE
, on efforts of natives of the Chagos Island to return to the home from which they were expelled; Raul O Paz Pastrana’s BORDER SOUTH
, which explores the path taken by migrants between Latin America and the US; and Dina Naser’s TINY SOULS
, which explores refugee camp life over several years through the eyes of a child.
COOL DADDIO: THE SECOND YOUTH OF R STEVIE MOORE
Other sections include the music focused Doc/Rhythm, with work like Imogen Putler and Monika Baran’s COOL DADDIO: THE SECOND YOUTH OF R STEVIE MOORE
, on the unlikely late success story of an influential cult musician; the innovative films of Doc/Vision, including Artem Moskalev’s HERMIT
, a portrait of a Russian man who has lived alone in the woods for more than two decades; the episodic programming of New/Signals, including a preview of Alison Millar’s OUT IN THE COLD
, a true crime story set in a small Alaskan town; and the country focus of New/Japan, spotlighting films like Kazuhiro Soda, Markus Nornes, and Terri Sarris’ THE BIG HOUSE
, an observational portrait of Ann Arbor’s university football stadium.