The world's most important documentary festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest launched its 2010 edition on 3 November. It's a vital meeting point for documentary filmmakers and also gives the public a rare opportunity to see intriguing new films, including cutting edge work and striking shorts. This year's event features over 250 speakers so it's a great place to find out more about the art of filmmaking. You can also catch films by the likes of John Pilger, Kim Longinotto and Werner Herog.

“Documentaries have kept their incredible capacity to compel, thrill and entertain and the documentaries in this year’s extraordinary line-up are no exception, from Joan Rivers to Rolf Harris to a special focus on the Middle East. I’m sure Sheffield audiences will have as much fun watching as I have had programming,” said festival programmer Hussain Currimbhoy.

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Cutting Loose
Cutting Loose
Prisoners move toward rehabilitation and struggle with their hopes and dreams in the run up to the annual Scottish Prison Service hairdressing competition.
Just Do It
Just Do It
A first-hand look at the politics of civil disobedience in the UK.
Donor Unknown
Donor Unknown
A young woman born via donor insemination advertises in search of her biological father, meets half-siblings and subsequently explores her feelings for the surprised stranger who reads about her quest.
Surpriseville
Surpriseville
An exploration of the fears and anxieties that haunt a gated community in Arizona.
Nostalgia For The Light
Nostalgia For The Light
A documentary about astronomers in Chile's Atacama Desert who gather to consider the stars while beneath the ground lie the remnants of ancient civilisations.
Waste Land
Waste Land
Portrait of garbage pickers in Rio who participated in a project with artist Vik Muniz.
The "Socalled" Movie
The "Socalled" Movie
The story of rapper Josh Dolgin, alias Socalled, and his fusion of hip hop with traditional Jewish music.
Benda Bilili!
Benda Bilili!
A group of homeless blues musicians disabled by childhood polio join forces with a street kid with a home made instrument and make plans to tour Europe.
Marathon Boy
Marathon Boy
A portrait of the competitive interests and corruption surrounding a child with an extraordinary gift for distance running.
Burma Soldier
Burma Soldier
The story of former Burmese soldier Myo Mint who, after becoming disabled in action, educated himself with banned books and became a campaigner against the civil war.
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