(Image: Yi zhi you dao hai shui bian lan / Swimming Out Till The Sea Turns Blue by Jia Zhang-Ke)

We announce our plans to host four weekends of both physical and online screenings, an art exhibition, talks and discussions, from 2 October – 15 November 2020. 

Our four weekend events will run fortnightly at The Showroom Cinema in Sheffield and online in parallel, each themed around the festival strands:

INTO THE WORLD

Friday 2 - Sunday 4 October at Showroom Cinema, Sheffield, and on Sheffield Doc/Fest Selects and Doc/Player until Thursday 15 October. 

Films by essential directors with essential themes that take varied approaches to exploring our past, present and collective future.

  • ไกลบ้าน / AWAY, Teeraphan Ngowjeenanan, Thailand, 2019, 36’ - International Premiere
  • FILM ABOUT A FATHER WHO, Lynne Sachs, USA, 2020, 74’ - International Premiere
  • JUDY VERSUS CAPITALISM, Mike Hoolboom, Canada, 2020, 62’ - UK Premiere
  • MEMORY IS OUR HOMELAND, Jonathan Kolodziej Durand, Canada, 2019, 90’ - UK Premiere
  • Playback. Ensayo de una Despedida / PLAYBACK, Agustina Comedi, Argentina, 2019, 14’ - UK Premiere
  • REMNANTS OF A REVOLUTION, Cha Escala, Philippines, 2019, 74’ - World Premiere
  • Yi zhi you dao hai shui bian lan / SWIMMING OUT TILL THE SEA TURNS BLUE, Jia Zhang-Ke, China, 2020, 112’ - UK Premiere
  • Le Kiosque / THE KIOSK, Alexandra Pianelli, France, 2019, 78’ - UK Premiere
  • THIS MEANS MORE, Nicolas Gourault, France, 2019, 22’ - UK Premiere

Tribute to Sarah Maldoror:

  • Monangambée / MONANGAMBEE, Sarah Maldoror, Algeria, 1969, 18’

The Sarah Maldoror screening will include other titles yet to be announced.

 

REBELLIONS

The Unknown, Simplice Herman Ganou

(Image: L’Inconnu / The Unknown by Simplice Herman Ganou)

Friday 16 - Sunday 18 October at Showroom Cinema, Sheffield, and on Sheffield Doc/Fest Selects and Doc/Player until Thursday 29 October. 

Films that try to decipher the world while being an agent of change: either through the promise of revolution by both collective and individual beings, as an act of resistance and protection, or as a refusal to forget.

The Rebellions strand is supported by Bertha Foundation.

  • ANTONIO & PITI, Vincent Carelli, Wewito Pyiãki, Brazil, 2019, 78’ - European Premiere
  • THE ART OF LIVING IN DANGER, Mina Keshavarez, Germany / Iran, 2020, 85’ - European Premiere
  • BACK YARD, Arlin Golden, USA, 2019, 7’ - International Premiere
  • CAMAGROGA, Alfonso Amador, Spain, 2020, 111’ - World Premiere
  • Konstrukcijas / CONSTRUCTIONS, Ilona Bruvere, Latvia, 2019, 95’ - International Premiere
  • A Nossa Terra, O Nosso Altar / OUR LAND, OUR ALTAR , André Guiomar, Portugal, 2020, 77’ - World Premiere
  • OUTSIDE, Danielle Arbid, France, 2020, 5’
  • THE FILMMAKER’S HOUSE, Mark Isaacs, United Kingdom, 2020, 76’ - World Premiere
  • L’Inconnu / THE UNKNOWN, Simplice Herman Ganou, Switzerland, 2020, 12’ - UK Premiere
  • Cadê Edson? / WHERE’S EDSON?, Dacia Ibiapina, Brazil, 2020, 72’ - UK Premiere
  • Les Épisodes - Printemps 2018 / EPISODES - SPRING 2019, Mathilde Girard, France, 2020, International Premiere (only online)

 

RHYME & RHYTHM

Sisters with Transistors, Lisa Rovner

(Image: Sisters with Transistors by Lisa Rovner)

Friday 30 October - Sunday 1 November at Showroom Cinema, Sheffield, and on Sheffield Doc/Fest Selects until Thursday 12 November. 

Rhyme & Rhythm are films where cinema and other art forms meet, whether through performance, theatre, visual art or music. Each film offers encounters and inspirations to a different beat.

  • BRIGITTE, Lynne Ramsay, United Kingdom, 2019, 30’
  • Faith i Branko / FAITH AND BRANKO, Catherine Harte, United Kingdom / Serbia, 2020, 82’ - World Premiere
  • Khoraman / GRACEFULLY, Arash Eshaghi, Iran, 2019, 62’ - UK Premiere
  • KING ROCKER, Michael Cumming, United Kingdom, 2020, 90’ - World Premiere
  • MEDIUM, Edgardo Cozarinsky, Argentina, 2020, 71’ - UK Premiere
  • Rétrospective / RETROSPECTIVE, Jérôme Bel, France, 2019, 92’ - UK Premiere
  • Schlingensief – In das Schweigen hineinschreien / SCHLINGENSIEF – A VOICE THAT SHOOK THE SILENCE, Bettina Böhler, Germany, 2020, 124’ - UK Premiere
  • SISTERS WITH TRANSISTORS, Lisa Rovner, United Kingdom, 2020, 82’ - European Premiere
  • WELCOME TO A BRIGHT WHITE LIMBO, Cara Holmes, Ireland, 2019, 11’ - International Premiere

 

GHOSTS & APPARITIONS

Santikhiri Sonata, Thunska Pansittivorakul

(Image: Santikhiri Sonata by Thunska Pansittivorakul)

Friday 13 - Sunday 15 November at Showroom Cinema, Sheffield, and on Sheffield Doc/Fest Selects and Doc/Player until Thursday 26 November. 

More experimental films, playing with form and showcasing the dismantling of frontiers based on histories and collective memory.

  • Augas Abisais / DEEP WATERS, Xacio Baño, Spain, 2020, 25’ - World Premiere
  • DYING UNDER YOUR EYES, Oreet Ashery, Israel / United Kingdom, 2019, 27’
  • Todo lo que se olvida en un instante / EVERYTHING THAT IS FORGOTTEN IN A INSTANT, Richard Shpuntoff, Argentina, 2020, 71’ - UK Premiere
  • FREM, Viera Čákanyová, Czech Republic, Slovakia, 2019, 73’ - UK Premiere
  • A Metamorfose dos Pássaros / THE METAMORPHOSIS OF BIRDS, Catarina Vasconcelos, Portugal, 2020, 101 min - UK Premiere (not available online, screening in Sheffield only)
  • MON AMOUR, David Teboul, France, 2019, 172’ - UK Premiere
  • POINT AND LINE TO PLANE, Sofia Bohdanowicz, Canada, 2020, 18’ - UK Premiere
  • SANTIKHIRI SONATA, Thunska Pansittivorakul, Thailand, Germany, 2019, 75’ - UK Premiere
  • 地洞 / THE TUNNEL, Hui-ju Hsu, Taiwan, 2020, 30’ - International Premiere
  • TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, Hannah Jayanti, USA, 2020, 103’ - UK Premiere

 

RETROSPECTIVE: REIMAGINING THE LAND

A Japanese Village / Ogawa Productions

(Image: A Japanese Village by Ogawa Productions)

Dates TBC - at Showroom Cinema, Sheffield 

Our annual retrospective this year is entitled Reimagining the Land. This programme reasserts the primacy of the land as a critical way of thinking about the world and about its various crises - confronting historical images of land, agriculture, rural life, and proletarian struggle. Reimagining the Land has been curated by Christopher Small.

  • Bharat Mata / MOTHER INDIA, Mehboob Khan, India, 1957, 172’
  • Nippon-Koku Furuyashiki-Mura / A JAPANESE VILLAGE, Ogawa Productions, Japan, 1982, 213’
  • Waqai sanawat al-djamr / CHRONICLE OF THE YEARS OF FIRE, Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina, Algeria, 1975, 177’