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The Grand Jury award honours films that best display excellence in style, substance and approach to documentary filmmaking.

 
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A Northern Soul

 

Thu 7 June // 18:00 // Sheffield City Hall // £11 (£8 concessions)
Tue 12 June // 11:30 // Yorkshire Building Society Showroom Cinema 2 // £10 (£8 concessions)

Sean McAllister returns to his Yorkshire hometown of Hull as creative director of the opening ceremony of the City of Culture celebrations: living back with his 90 year-old parents, McAllister reflects on the changes to a city hit by cuts in public spending and divided by Brexit and where more than 1 in 3 children are living in poverty. Drawn to the fringes of town, McAllister met and started filming with Steve Arnott, a struggling warehouse worker by day and hip-hop performer by night, who harbours his own creative dream.

A Northern Soul is part of our Doc/Love strand. Click here to view all the films in this strand.

 
A Woman Captured

 

Fri 8 June // 11:30 // The Light Cinema 8 // £5
Mon 11 June // 21:45 // PBS America Showroom Cinema 3 // £10 (£8 concessions)

Slavery is a European invention, and still exists. Filmmaker Bernadett Tuza-Ritter encounters Eta in Hungary, a woman proud of keeping domestic slaves. Violent, abusive, and manipulative, Eta has stripped 53-year-old Marish of her belongings, her family and her identity. As trust builds between Marish and the filmmaker, Marish begins to mentally prepare for a dangerous bid for freedom.

A Woman Captured is part of our Doc/Expose strand. Click here to view all the films in this strand.

 

Hale County This Morning, This Evening

 

Sat 9 June // 18:15 // PBS America Showroom Cinema 3 // £10 (£8 concessions)
Mon 11 June // 21:30 // The Light Cinema 3 //£10 (£8 concessions)

From church services to basketball training, family gatherings and children's play, photographer and filmmaker RaMell Ross observes the lives of African Americans in Hale County Alabama, through luminous poetic cinematography. Shot over five years Ross eschews traditional storytelling in favour of a series of intimate associative moments, illuminating a fresh vision of daily life in the American South.

Hale County This Morning, This Evening is part of our Doc/Visions strand. Click here to view all the films in this strand.

 

Of Fathers and Sons

 

Fri 8 June // 19:00 // PBS America Showroom Cinema 3 // £10 (£8 concessions)
Sun 10 June // 21:15 // Showroom Cinema 1 // £10 (£8 concessions)

Posing as a sympathetic war photographer, Syrian director Talai Derki (Return to Homs) gains access to the world of minesweeper Abu Osama, who is raising his many young sons to be Jihadi fighters. Shot over two years amongst a Northern Syrian militia fighting for an Islamic caliphate, this is an intimate and unforgettable foray into extremist religious indoctrination.

Of Fathers and Sons is part of our Doc/Expose strand. Click here to view all the films in this strand.

 
The Silence of Others

 

Sat 9 June // 12:00 // PBS America Showroom Cinema 3 // £10 (£8 concessions)
Tue 12 June // 09:15 //The Light Cinema 6 // £5

The Silence of Others reveals the epic struggle of victims of Spain’s 40-year dictatorship under General Franco, who continue to seek justice to this day. Filmed over six years, the film follows victims and survivors as they organize the ground-breaking “Argentine Lawsuit” and fight a state-imposed amnesia of crimes against humanity, in a country still divided four decades into democracy.

The Silence of Others is part of our Doc/Expose strand. Click here to view all the films in this strand.

 

What Is Democracy?

 

Sat 9 June // 12:00 // PBS America Showroom Cinema 3 // £10 (£8 concessions)
Tue 12 June // 09:15 //The Light Cinema 6 // £5

With democracy under threat globally, Astra Taylor's timely essay probes the meaning of the institution itself. Featuring a wide range of big thinkers from Cornel West to Silvia Federici, Taylor interweaves discussions about democracy's philosophical underpinnings with evidence of its all too flawed implementation, traveling from Athens, the birthplace of Plato's Republic, to Trump's unsettled America.

What Is Democracy? is part of our Doc/Think strand. Click here to view all the films in this strand.

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