Sheffield DocFest 2019

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Anthropocene: The Human Epoch Anthropocene: The Human Epoch
Anthropocene: The Human Epoch and Diary Of Cattle
America (Country: US; Year: 2019; Director: Garrett Bradley)
Interweaving archive silent film footage with ethereal monochrome visions, America reframes the trajectory of Black cinema, and sees the triumphant figures of history connecting and resonating into the future.
UK premiere
Anthropocene: The Human Epoch (Country: Canada; Year: 2018; Director: Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky, Nicholas de Pencier, Nicholas de Pencier; Writer: Jennifer Baichwal; Stars: Alicia Vikander, Alicia Vikander)
The filmmakers have traversed the globe to document the evidence and experience of human planetary domination.
UK premiere
The Black Tree (El Arbol Negro) (Country: Argentina; Year: 2018; Director: Máximo Ciambella, Damián Coluccio)
The legends of the Qom mix with their threatened present in this documentary.
International premiere
Body All Eyes (Country: Finland; Year: 2018; Director: Saara Ekström)
This 8mm split-screen film explores the symmetry in the shapes that take flight and the bodies that remain.
World premiere
The Border Fence (Country: Austria; Year: 2018; Director: Nikolaus Geyrhalter; Writer: Nikolaus Geyrhalter)
The story of the Austrian's planned construction of a border fence... and what happened afterwards.
UK premiere
Property Property
Property and Shelter: Farewell To Eden
Curupira, Creature Of The Woods (Country: France, Mexico, Brazil; Year: 2018; Director: Felix Blume; Stars: Alexia Samara Celestino Gomes, Vitor Ventura Da Silva, Maria Ana Vitor, Edirce Cauper Firmo, Diogo Gomes Da Silva, Antonio Francisco Sevalho Celestino, Paulo Roberto Leocadio Lira, Marineide Leocadio Da Silva, Antonio José Parente Nogueira, Maria Eduarda Celestino Gomes, David Lucas Fabricio Da Silva, Maria De Fatima Servalho Celestino, Janilson Carvalho Da Cruz, Francisco De Jesus Silva Dias, Wellington Navarro Firmo)
The Tauary, in the Amazon, reflect on myths and their place in the contemporary world.
UK premiere
Danny (Country: Canada; Year: 2019; Director: Aaron Zeghers, Lewis Bennett)
After being diagnosed with leukaemia in 1993, Danny picks up a camcorder and begins to create a film, with himself as the central character.
European premiere
Diary Of Cattle (Country: Indonesia; Year: 2019; Director: Lidia Afrilita, David Darmadi)
A day in the life of cows grazing at a landfill site.
UK premiere
Dramatic And Mild (Country: Russia; Year: 2018; Director: Nastia Korkia)
Considering the reaction of visitors and guard in the presence of Vasiliy Kandisnky's painting Dramatic And Mild.
UK premiere
The Edge Of Democracy (Country: Brazil; Year: 2019; Director: Petra Costa)
A cautionary tale for these times of democracy in crisis - the personal and political fuse to explore one of the most dramatic periods in Brazilian history. With unprecedented access to Presidents Dilma Rousseff and Lula da Silva, we witness their rise and fall and the tragically polarised nation that remains.
UK premiere
Danny Danny
Danny and Push
The Great Hack (Country: US; Year: 2019; Director: Karim Amer, Jehane Noujaim; Writer: Karim Amer)
Data, arguably the world’s most valuable asset, is being weaponized to wage cultural and political wars. The dark world of data exploitation is uncovered through the unpredictable personal journeys of players on different sides of the explosive Cambridge Analytica/Facebook data story.
European premiere
Hi, AI (Hi, A.I.) (Country: Germany; Year: 2019; Director: Isabella Willinger)
Looking at the ways we live alongside artificial intelligence.
UK premiere
Hunting For Hedonia (Country: Denmark, Brazil, Germany, United States, United Kingdom; Year: 2019; Director: Pernille Rose Grønkjær; Writer: Lone Frank, Pernille Rose Grønkjær)
Exploring the technology of Deep Brain Stimulation and its impact on our sense of self.
UK premiere
In Search... (Country: Germany, Belgium, Kenya; Year: 2018; Director: Beryl Magoko; Writer: Beryl Magoko; Stars: Gati Magoko, Jule Katinka Cramer, Beryl Magoko, Gati Magoko, Jule Katinka Cramer, Beryl Magoko)
Documentary about the lasting trauma of female genital mutilation and the filmmaker's reconstructive journey.
UK premiere
A Love Song For Latasha (Country: US; Year: 2019; Director: Sophia Nahli Allison)
A dreamlike conversation with the past and the present, this film reimagines a more nuanced narrative of Latasha Harlins by excavating intimate memories shared by her cousin and best friend.
International premiere
'Now Something Is Slowly Changing' 'Now Something Is Slowly Changing'
'Now Something Is Slowly Changing' and The Rest
Misericórdia (Country: US; Year: 2019; Director: Xavier Marrades; Writer: Antoine Jaccoud, Pierre Pascal Rossi)
This portrait of the Itaparica Island community in Brazil explores the space they inhabit through their living and dreaming, where nature prevails.
European premiere
'Now Something Is Slowly Changing' (Country: Netherlands; Year: 2018; Director: Menna Laura Meijer)
In the growing world of life coaching, mindfulness and efforts towards spiritual transformation, how can you measure change, and what does personal development look like?
UK premiere
Property (Country: Italy, Germany; Year: 2019; Director: Matthias Lintner)
A look at the residents of a Berlin apartment building designated for redevelopment.
UK premiere
Push (Country: Sweden; Year: 2019; Director: Fredrik Gertten)
An international look at the global housing crisis in our cities.
UK premiere
The Rest (Country: China, Germany; Year: 2019; Director: Ai Weiwei)
A film about refugees who fled war and persecution and arrived in Europe, the world’s bastion of human rights, yet have not found the safe havens of their dreams.
UK premiere
Hi, AI Hi, AI
Hi, AI and Curupira, Creature Of The Woods
Shelter: Farewell To Eden (Country: Italy, France; Year: 2019; Director: Enrico Masi; Writer: Enrico Masi, Stefano Migliore; Stars: Pepsi, Catherine Wihtol de Wenden, Gabriel James Patiag)
The thoughts and life of Pepsi, a transgender woman born in the Philippines, now living in Italy.
UK premiere
Solidarity (Country: UK; Year: 2019; Director: Lucy Parker)
Solidarity looks at blacklisting in the construction industry where thousands of workers were denied employment for involvement in trade union activism and workplace disputes.
World premiere
Terraria (Country: Finland; Year: 2019; Director: Hanna Hovitie)
A man and his connection to reptiles.
World premiere
That Which Does Not Kill (Country: Belgium; Year: 2019; Director: Alexe Poukine; Writer: Ada Leiris)
Examining the traumatic impact of rape.
UK premiere
Untouchable (Country: US; Year: 2019; Director: Ursula Macfarlane)
The inside story of the rise and fall of Harvey Weinstein reveals how, over decades, he acquires and protects his power even as scandal threatens to engulf him. Former colleagues and accusers detail the method and consequences of his alleged abuse, hoping for justice and to inspire change.
European premiere
A Love Song For Latasha A Love Song For Latasha
A Love Song For Latasha and Body All Eyes
War In The Blood (Country: UK; Year: 2019; Director: Arthur Cary)
Follows two patients through ground breaking ‘first in-human’ trials for a treatment described as the beginning of the end of cancer.
World premiere
What We Left Unfinished (Country: Afghanistan, Qatar, United States; Year: 2019; Director: Mariam Ghani; Stars: Noor Hashim Abir, Adela Adim, Latif Ahmadi, Asadollah Aram, Zarghuna Aram, Nemat Arash, Shirindad Dakkoi, Said Miran Farhad, Qader Farokh, Ferida, Farid Feyz, Jawanshir Haidari, Sultan Istalefi, Wali Latifi, Lina)
Story of five unfinished fiction films from Communist-era Afghanistan.
UK premiere
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