Sheffield DocFest 2019

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Tiny Souls Tiny Souls
Tiny Souls and On The President's Orders
Advocate (Country: Israel, Canada, Switzerland; Year: 2019; Director: Rachel Leah Jones, Philippe Bellaïche)
Biographical documentary about Lea Tsemel who defends Palestinians: from feminists to fundamentalists, from non-violent demonstrators to armed militants.
UK premiere
Another Paradise (Country: Belgium, France; Year: 2019; Director: Olivier Magis)
Fifty years ago the entire Creole population of the Chagos Islands was expelled by the British authorities. Now with the lease about to expire, the Chagossian exiles try to recover their homeland.
World premiere
Block (Country: Brazil, France; Year: 2018; Director: Victoria Alvares, Quentin Delaroche)
Six weeks before Brazil's heated 2018 presidential elections, striking truck drivers set up hundreds of blockades ... then the army arrives.
International premiere
Border South (Country: Mexico, US; Year: 2019; Director: Raul Paz Pastrana)
Mexico and the United States crack down on the trails north, forcing immigrants into more dangerous territory.
World premiere
Dark Suns (Soleils Noirs) (Country: Canada; Year: 2018; Director: Julien Elie; Writer: Julien Elie)
An epic investigation into countless murders in Mexico.
UK premiere
Advocate Advocate
Advocate and One Child Nation
For Sama (Country: UK; Year: 2019; Director: Waad al-Khateab, Edward Watts)
A young woman's struggles with love, war and motherhood over the span of five years in Syria.
UK premiere
Ghosts Of Sugar Land (Country: US; Year: 2019; Director: Bassam Tariq; Writer: Thomas Niles, Bassam Tariq)
In Sugar Land, Texas, a group of young Muslim-American men ponder the disappearance of their friend, who is suspected of joining Islamic State.
European premiere
Let It Burn (Country: Brazil; Year: 2019; Director: Maíra Bühler)
A vulnerable community is temporarily housed in the close quarters of a São Paulo hotel. This observational portrait explores the infatuations and clashes of its inhabitants.
UK premiere
Limbo (Country: Colombia, US; Year: 2019; Director: Alexander L Fattal)
Former FARC guerilla Alex tells his story.
World premiere
Midnight Family (Country: Mexico, US; Year: 2019; Director: Luke Lorentzen; Writer: Luke Lorentzen)
In Mexico City's wealthiest neighborhoods, the Ochoa family runs a for-profit ambulance, competing with other unlicensed EMTs for patients in need of urgent care. In this cutthroat industry, they struggle to keep their financial needs from compromising the people in their care.
UK premiere
Midnight Family Midnight Family
Midnight Family and Midnight Traveler
Midnight Traveler (Midnight Traveller) (Country: US; Year: 2019; Director: Hassan Fazili)
When the Taliban puts a bounty on Afghan director Hassan Fazili’s head, he is forced to flee with his wife and two young daughters. Capturing their uncertain journey, Fazili shows firsthand the dangers facing refugees seeking asylum and the love shared between a family on the run.
UK premiere
Mike Wallace Is Here (Country: US; Year: 2019; Director: Avi Belkin)
For over half a century, 60 Minutes’ fearsome newsman Mike Wallace went head-to-head with the world’s most influential figures. Relying exclusively on archival footage, the film interrogates the interrogator, tracking Mike’s storied career and troubled personal life while unpacking how broadcast journalism evolved to today’s precarious tipping point.
European premiere
One Child Nation (Country: US; Year: 2019; Director: Jialing Zhang and Nanfu Wang)
After becoming a mother, a filmmaker uncovers the untold history of China’s one-child policy and the generations of parents and children forever shaped by this social experiment.
UK premiere
On The Inside Of A Military Dictatorship (Country: Denmark, France; Year: 2019; Director: Karen Stokkendal Poulsen)
Dissection of Myanmar’s disastrous transition to democracy.
UK premiere
On The President's Orders (Country: US, UK, Philippines; Year: 2019; Director: James Jones, Olivier Sarbil)
Expose of Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte's single-minded war on drugs.
UK premiere
For Sama For Sama
For Sama and Let It Burn
Reason (Vivek) (Country: India; Year: 2018; Director: Anand Patwardhan)
How murder and mind control are being applied to systematically dismantle secular democracy in India.
UK premiere
Reconstructing Utøya (Country: Sweden, Norway, Denmark; Year: 2018; Director: Carl Javér; Writer: Carl Javér, Fredrik Lange; Stars: Jenny Andersen, Rakel Mortensdatter Birkeli, Barbro Bugge, Sunniva Clark, Johanne Lovise Dikkanen, Vebjörn Karlsen Fosnes, Kaleb Haile, Torje Hansen, Harriet Amalie Hanssen, Marianne Hetland, Andreas Kjosmoen, Nicolas Steffensen Krane, Opal Mariell Lomgård, Torstein Myklebust, Ragnild Risnes)
Four young survivors of the killing spree that took place on the Norwegian island in the summer of 2011 confront their experiences in a performative reconstruction of events.
UK premiere
Sandoval's Bullet (Country: Ecuador; Year: 2019; Director: Jean-Jacques Martinod)
Isidro meanders through the rainforest as he and his brother recount the times he found himself face to face with death itself.
UK premiere
Sumercé (Country: Colombia; Year: 2019; Director: Victoria Solano)
Follows veteran activist Don Eduardo, rising political leader César Pachón and agricultural educator Rosita as they fight their government’s decision to allow companies to carve up the campesinos birthright in rural Colombia.
World premiere
Tattooed Tears (Country: UK; Year: 1979; Director: Nick Broomfield, Joan Churchill; Stars: Brian, Marcus, Pedro, Ronnie, Brian, Marcus, Pedro, Ronnie)
Documentary going inside the maximum security juvenile correctional facility in Chino, California.
Dark Suns Dark Suns
Dark Suns and Mike Wallace Is Here
Tiny Souls (Country: Jordan; Year: 2019; Director: Dina Naser)
Following lives of three siblings in a refugee camp as their time their stretches from weeks to years.
UK premiere
Your Turn (Espero tua (re)volta) (Country: Brazil; Year: 2019; Director: Eliza Capai)
Demonstrating, occupying schools across the country, self-organisation and police oppression, the camera always in the midst. Young Brasilians make history in this radical document.
UK premiere

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