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

Today we launch the second of our series of Autumn weekenders: Rebellions, supported by Bertha Foundation.

Screenings will take place Friday 16 - Sunday 18 October at Showroom Cinema, Sheffield, while most titles can also be seen in parallel on Doc/Player, for Digital Industry Passholders, and on Sheffield Doc/Fest Selects, for UK public, until Thursday 29 October.


The Rebellions programme for October is a journey through ways of living together. How can we coexist, share, and build our common spaces? What fails and has failed historically in our societies, that makes it so difficult? We present films that try to decipher the world while being an agent of change. From Brazil, Iran, Latvia, Spain, Portugal, and the heart of London, these films all speak of our fears about one another and our collective capacity to confront that.

Cíntia Gil
Festival Director

The Schedule:

Friday 16 October

Dacia Ibiapina, Brazil, 2020, 72’ - UK Premiere 

Screening online from 16 October – 20:00 until midnight 29 October.

André Guiomar, Portugal, 2020, 77’ - World Premiere

Screening online 16 October – 22:30 until midnight 29 October.


Saturday 17 October

Deia Schlosberg, United States, India, China, Indonesia, Philippines, Belgium, 2019, 95’ - International Premiere.

Alongside our Exchange activity and open to all, we are also holding a series of documentaries from our 2020 programme to be screened at the Showroom Cinema, for just £1.  Following this link for more information: https://sheffdocfest.com/articles/916-community-screenings?tag=live_events

Simplice Herman Ganou, Switzerland, 2020, 12’ - UK Premiere. Screening alongside ANTONIO & PITI.

ANTONIO & PITI Live Online Q&A with director – 14:00

Vincent Carelli, Wewito Pyiãki, Brazil, 2019, 78’ - European Premiere. Screening alongside THE UKNOWN.

Both will screen online 17 October – 16:00 until midnight 29 October.

Danielle Arbid, France, 2020, 5’

Screening online 17 October – 19:30 until midnight 29 October.

THE FILMMAKER’S HOUSELive Q&A with director – 17:30

Marc Isaacs, United Kingdom, 2020, 76’ - World Premiere

Screening in cinema only. 

Mina Keshavarez, Germany / Iran, 2020, 85’ - World Premiere. Screening in partnership with SheFest.

Screening only on Doc/Player 17 October – 22:15 until midnight 29 October.  Please note, the film will not be available on Selects.


Sunday 18 October

Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina, Algeria, 1975, 177

Screening in cinema only.

  • CAMAGROGA Live Online Q&A with director – 16:30

Alfonso Amador, Spain, 2020, 111’ - World Premiere

Screening online 18 October – 18:30 until midnight 29 October.

Arlin Golden, USA, 2019, 7’ - International Premiere. Screening alongside CONSTRUCTIONS.

CONSTRUCTIONS / Konstrukcijas – 19:30

Ilona Bruvere, Latvia, 2019, 95’ - International Premiere. Screening alongside BACK YARD.

Both will screen online 18 October – 21:30 until midnight 29 October.


Online only until Thursday 29 October

Mathilde Girard, France, 2020, UK Premiere (only online)


As part of our Autumn Weekender series, we will also be welcoming This Morning presenter Alison Hammond to Sheffield on Sunday 18 October, to talk about the making of her documentary Alison Hammond: Back to Schoolfor this years' ITV interview. Details for the event in Sheffield as well as the live streamed talk are available here.

Tickets for screenings at The Showroom Cinema can be found via our individual films pages. Films available online can be watched on Sheffield Doc/Fest Selects. 

Details of The Showroom Cinema’s safety measures can be found here. We ask that everyone respect and abide by the measures communicated and that we all place collective interests above any individual ones. Beyond protecting ourselves, we have a responsibility to protect each other.

Rebellions is supported by Bertha Foundation