Sheffield DocFest 2009

The big films that will open and close the festival, plus a selection of exciting UK and world premieres.

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Erasing David Erasing David
Erasing David and Moving To Mars: A Million Miles From Burma
Addicted In Afghanistan (Country: UK, Afghanistan, Netherlands; Year: 2009; Director: Jawed Taiman, Sharon Ward)
The true story of two teenage heroin addicts living in Kabul.
American Radical: The Trials Of Norman Finkelstein (Country: Canada, US, Israel, Lebanon, Palestine; Year: 2009; Director: David Ridgen, Nicolas Rossier; Stars: Norman Finkelstein, Noam Chomsky, Alan M. Dershowitz, Richard Finkelstein, Raul Hilberg, Nidal Barham), Trailer
A look at the controversial American academic on tour, with commentary from leading debaters.
Capitalism: A Love Story (Country: US; Year: 2009; Director: Michael Moore; Writer: Michael Moore; Stars: William Black, Jimmy Carter, Elijah Cummings, Baron Hill, Marcy Kaptur, John McCain, Michael Moore, Sarah Palin, Ronald Reagan), Official Site, Trailer
A documentary about laissez faire capitalism and its effect on American society.
Erasing David (Country: UK; Year: 2009; Director: David Bond, Ashley Jones, Melinda McDougall)
A man is pursued by private investigators in an attempt to prove that privacy has been completely lost in modern surveillance society.
I’m Dangerous With Love (Country: US; Year: 2009; Director: Michel Negroponte)
The story of a musician who cured his multiple drug addictions using the African hallucinogen ibogaine, and wants to help others do the same but discovers it can be dangerous.
Once Upon A Time Proletarian Once Upon A Time Proletarian
Once Upon A Time Proletarian and Capitalism: A Love Story
Moving To Mars: A Million Miles From Burma (Country: UK; Year: 2009; Director: Mat Whitecross), Official Site
A look at the experiences of two Karen refugee families who have lived for 20 years in a Thai camp and are about to move to Sheffield.
October Country (Country: US; Year: 2009; Director: Michael Palmieri, Donal Mosher; Writer: Donal Mosher, Michael Palmieri), Official Site, Trailer
An ordinary American family struggles with poverty and the impact of war.
Once Upon A Time Proletarian (Women ceng jing de wuchanzhe, 12 Tales of a Country) (Country: China, UK, Germany; Year: 2009; Director: Xialou Guo, Pamela Casey)
An exploration of the social and political landscape of modern China.
Shadow Play (Country: Australia; Year: 2009; Director: Josh Whiteman; Stars: Anton Corbijn)
A documentary about the filming of Ian Curtis biopic Control.
Transcendent Man (Country: USA; Year: 2009; Director: Robert Barry Ptolemy; Stars: William Shatner, Ed Begley Jr., Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, Michael Eisner, Herbie Hancock, Colin Powell, Raymond Kurzweil, Alan M. Dershowitz, Tony Robbins)
Futurist and famed inventor Ray Kurzweil is the preeminent theorist on the pending fusion of humans and super-intelligent machines as the next phase of evolution, a "singularity" he predicts will occur within 30 years. This doc explores the personal ideals behind his controversial ideas.

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