We are delighted to announce further selected details of the Festival programme that shine a light on the triumph of the creative spirit in response to social, political, and cultural upheaval around the world. See below for the selected announcements, and to buy tickets. Please note that Full Festival Pass Holders do not need to purchase separate tickets for these events. Doc/Fest takes place 9-14 June 2017.
The winners of Doc/Fest’s second open Alternate Realities commission worth £10,000, awarded in partnership with FACT and supported by Arts Council England, are Alex Pearson and renowned creative collective Marshmallow Laser Feast. Together they will present the World Premiere of the virtual reality experience Future Aleppo. As a way of preserving the culture and history of Aleppo and defying its destruction, Syrian-born Mohammed Kteish tirelessly and lovingly recreated fallen landmarks as paper-craft models. Re-imagined by the artists through a mix of photogrammetry and 3D modelling, users will be guided in virtual reality by the 15-year-old Mohammed through the buildings.
Following successful participation in the 2016 MeetMarket, BAFTA-nominated producer Elhum Shakerifar (A Syrian Love Story), and directors Sky Neal and Kate McLarnon return to Doc/Fest with the World Premiere of their film Even When I Fall, a unique perspective into the complex world of human trafficking. In the Film Programme, a number of titles highlight the possibility of change through community and collaboration; director Ayşe Toprak shatters the one-dimensional meaning of ‘refugee’ in the World Premiere of Mr Gay Syria. Quest, directed by Jonathan Olshefski, documents the daily lives of the eponymous hip hop producer and his family. Directors Gethin Aldous and Jairus McLeary give audiences a raw look at a unique group healing process that occurs between inmates and outsiders in The Work.
Doc/Fest also welcomes, for the first time, British writer and Editor of the satirical news magazine Private Eye Ian Hislop, who will be exploring the power of satire in conversation with Jolyon Rubinstein as part of the Talks and Sessions Programme.
Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017 Further Programme Announcements
Even When I Fall
Sky Neal, Kate McLarnon / UK / 2017 / 90 mins / World Premiere
The incredible story of 13 young circus artists as they reclaim skills that once came at a high cost: they were slaves in Indian circuses – sold as children. Now freed, together they form Nepal's first circus. An intimate, beautiful film that harnesses the visual power of circus to give a unique perspective into the complex world of human trafficking.
Sun 11 June / 21:15 / PBS America Showroom 3
Mr Gay Syria
Ayşe Toprak / France, Germany, Turkey / 2017 / 85 mins / World Premiere
In focusing his attention on the competitors of Mr Gay Syria, director Ayşe Toprak shatters the one-dimensional meaning of 'refugee'. Using the pageant as a means of escape from political persecution, the organiser Mahmoud – already given asylum in Berlin – hopes to offer the winner a chance to travel as well as bring international attention to the life-threatening situations faced by LGBT+ Syrians.
Tue 13 June / 15:15 / Bertha DocHouse Showroom 4
Jonathan Olshefski / United States / 2017 / 105 mins / European Premiere
Filmmaker and photographer Jonathan Olshefski sensitively documents the daily lives of eponymous hip hop producer Quest and his family, who reside within the African-American enclave of North Philadelphia. Over a decade that coincides with the entirety of the Obama administration, the tight unit of four must overcome obstacles that are increasingly defined along fault lines of race and class.
Sun 11 June / 15:15 / PBS America Showroom 3
Director Jairus McLeary and Co-director Gethin Aldous / United States / 2017 / 87 mins / International Premiere
Set inside a single room in Folsom Prison, The Work follows a four-day group therapy retreat. The raw and revealing process transcends what we think of as rehabilitation.
Sun 11 June / 18:30 / PBS America Showroom 3
Alternate Realities Exhibition
Alex Pearson, Marshmallow Laser Feast / UK / 2017 / World Premiere
The Future Aleppo VR prototype is an original commission from Sheffield Doc/Fest in partnership with FACT supported by Arts Council England, encouraging users to explore Mohammed Kteish’s vision for the reconstruction of his city.
Alternate Realities: Immersive VR at Millennium Gallery
Entry free to all.
Fri 09 June / 12:00 – 17:00
Sat 10 June / 10:00 – 17:00
Sun 11 June / 11:00 – 16:00
Mon 10 June / 10:00 – 17:00 & 18:00 – 20:00
Tue 11 June - Wed 12 June / 10:00 – 20:00
Ian Hislop & Jolyon Rubinstein: Post-truth & Satire
Ian Hislop, the editor of the satirical news magazine Private Eye and team captain on Have I Got News for You, comes to Sheffield Doc/Fest for the first time. In conversation with the BAFTA-winning actor and satirist Jolyon Rubinstein (The Revolution Will be Televised, Revolting), Ian will explore the role that satire plays in documenting our world and getting to the truth, as well as how the medium reflects a political landscape that includes living, breathing caricatures.
Tue 13 June / 17:30 / Crucible Theatre
Tickets available from 04 May
You can buy tickets to our previously announced events below
Opening Night Film: Queerama with Performance from John Grant
Daisy Asquith / UK / 2017 / 75 mins / World Premiere
We are delighted to open the Festival with the world premiere of Queerama with a performance by the extraordinary singer-songwriter John Grant. 50 years after decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK, director Daisy Asquith mines the jewels of the BFI archive to take us into the relationships, desires, fears and expressions of gay men and women in the 20th century.
Fri 09 June / 19:30 start, doors at 19:00 / City Hall Oval Hall
Tickets for our Opening Night Party in City Hall Ballroom will go on sale from 4 May.
Twenty five years after director Yance Ford’s brother was murdered in Long Island NY, the family scars run deep. In this stylish, searing and accomplished film, Ford revisits the painful topic which he has so long avoided. Unflinching testimonials bear witness to decades of grief, exacerbated by the fact the police showed no interest in investigating the murder of a young black male. CN
Sun 11 June / 21:30 / Bertha DocHouse Showroom 4
An embedded account of protests in Ferguson, Missouri 2014, focusing the story on people who lived through them. Storyteller Sabaah Folayan, together with artist Damon Davis, turn our attention to the young local activists standing on the frontline. The filmmakers capture how a community’s collective indignation towards state-sanctioned racist violence erupts into a new civil rights movement.
Mon 12 June / 21:15 / Bertha DocHouse Showroom 4
1967: Summer of Love and Disobedience retrospective:
Silent Revolution / Black Liberation
Made with the direct participation of Malcolm X and narrated by Ossie Davis, this work of political cinema offers an intense, incendiary vision of black revolution across America. Doc/Fest brings to light a forgotten masterpiece from radical filmmaker, theorist and founder of ‘Cinema Engagé’ Édouard (Yves) De Laurot.
Sat 10 June / 10:00 / Showroom 2
Allan King / Canada / 1967 / 100 mins
In a fascinating debut, Allan King ventures into to a home for disturbed young people. With an intimate, insiders’ view, the camera captures 12 fascinating children and the caregivers who provide for them, as they present the full spectrum of human emotion to a sensitive camera. For its significant merits, Warrendale won the Prix d’art et d’essai at Cannes and a special documentary award from the National Society of Film Critics
Mon 12 June / 21:00 / Curzon 1
Far From Vietnam
Initiated and edited by Chris Marker, Far From Vietnam is an epic 1967 collaboration between cinema greats Jean-Luc Godard, Joris Ivens, William Klein, Claude Lelouch and Alain Resnais in protest of American military involvement in Vietnam – made, per Marker's narration, "to affirm, by the exercise of their craft, their solidarity with the Vietnamese people in struggle against aggression
Tues 13 June / 09:30 / Showroom 1
Tonite Let’s All Make Love in London
Peter Whitehead / UK / 1967 / 70 mins
Named after an Allen Ginsberg poem, Peter Whitehead's psychedelic “pop concerto" is propelled by the sounds of Pink Floyd's Interstellar Overdrive, and presents meditations on Swinging London nightlife – from revolution to sex – by such iconic figures as Mick Jagger, Julie Christie, Michael Caine, Lee Marvin, and includes footage of rioting audiences interrupting a 1966 Rolling Stones concert in the Royal Albert Hall.
Sat 10 June / 21:00 / Curzon 1
Peter Greenaway CBE: Where Next for Storytelling?
Acclaimed director and artist Peter Greenaway is widely regarded as one of the most important innovators of our time. His work stretches back to the 1960s and includes the feature The Cook the Thief his Wife her Lover and the multimedia project The Tulse Luper Suitcases. Peter comes to Doc/Fest to discuss his work – including his documentary about the life of the German theologian Martin Luther – and explore the forms that art takes when responding to social and political change.
Sun 11 June / 18:30 / Crucible Studio