Sheffield DocFest 2019

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Lemebel Lemebel
Lemebel and The Hottest August
Absence (Country: India; Year: 2019; Director: Ekta Mittal)
A lyrical portrait, inspired by Indian poet Shiv Kumasi Batalvi, of the people left behind when men leave to work in big cities.
UK premiere
Adversarial Feelings (Country: Italy; Year: 2019; Director: Lorem (Francesco D'Abbraccio))
The wild imagination of artificial intelligence.
World premiere
Chinese Portrait (Country: China; Year: 2018; Director: Wang Xiaoshuai)
A personal contemporary portrait of a country, a population and a society.
UK premiere
Closing Time (Country: Germany, Switzerland; Year: 2018; Director: Nicole Vögele; Writer: Nicole Vögele)
Portrait of Taipei.
UK premiere
Earth (Country: Austria; Year: 2019; Director: Nikolaus Geyrhalter)
Observes people, in mines, quarries and at large construction sites.
UK premiere
Absence Absence
Absence and Past Perfect
E-Ticket (Country: Hong Kong SAR China, UK; Year: 2019; Director: Simon Liu)
From Hong Kong to India, a race through personal archives.
UK premiere
Fordlandia Malaise (Country: Portugal; Year: 2019; Director: Susana Dias de Sousa)
Postcards depict the colonisation of the Amazon jungle to build Fordlandia, a land of rubber and recklessness.
UK premiere
Hermit (Country: Russia; Year: 2018; Director: Artem Moskalev)
Study of a self-professed wood goblin, who has lived for more than 20 years deep in the forest.
UK premiere
The Hottest August (Country: US, Canada; Year: 2019; Director: Brett Story)
Seven months after Donald Trump assumes the US presidency, filmmaker Brett Story journeyed to all five boroughs of New York City asking people a simple question: what are your hopes for the future?
UK premiere
Just Don't Think I'll Scream (Country: France; Year: 2019; Director: Frank Beauvais; Writer: Frank Beauvais)
The director recounts a personal crisis.
UK premiere
The Machine That Kills Bad People: O'er The Land The Machine That Kills Bad People: O'er The Land
The Machine That Kills Bad People: O'er The Land and Westinghouse Three
Lemebel (Country: Chile, Colombia; Year: 2019; Director: Lissette Orozco, Joanna Reposi; Writer: Manuel Maira, Joanna Reposi)
A multi-layered portrait of one of South America’s most important and most provocative artists, a tireless fighter in dictatorial Chile and an uncomfortable gay activist who spoke out – right up to the end of his life.
UK premiere
The Machine That Kills Bad People: O'er The Land (Year: 2009; Director: Deborah Stratman)
A meditation on the milieu of elevated threat.
World premiere
The Machine That Kills Bad People: The Sky On Location (Country: US; Year: 1982; Director: Babette Mangolte)
The film attempts to construct a geography of the land from north to south, east to west and season to season, through colors instead of maps.
World premiere
Mother, I Am Suffocating. This Is My Last Film About You. (Country: Lesotho, Qatar; Year: 2019; Director: Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese; Writer: Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese)
A farewell letter, a furious lamentation to a mother, a land, a hero, a victim, a martyr.
UK premiere
My First Film (Year: 2018; Director: Zia Anger)
Zia Anger screens her lost and abandoned works, with live commentary that details the making of, rejections, and lessons that made her the artist and filmmaker she is today.
European premiere
Hermit Hermit
Hermit and The Machine That Kills Bad People: The Sky On Location
No Data Plan (Country: Philippines; Year: 2018; Director: Miko Revereza)
In this unusual travelogue, filmmaker Miko Revereza is an unnoticed passenger crossing America on an Amtrak train. Through subtitles, his thoughts dwell on his mother’s difficulties back home.
UK premiere
Past Perfect (Country: Portugal; Year: 2019; Director: Jorge Jácome; Writer: Jorge Jácome, Pedro Penim)
Consideration of the political implications of nostalgia.
UK premiere
Rushing Green With Horses (Country: Germany; Year: 2018; Director: Ute Aurand)
A collection of moments - private scenes at home and at play with family and friends.
UK premiere
Sunrise With Sea Monsters (Country: UK; Year: 2019; Director: Myles Painter)
Follows a wandering desktop hard drive as it journeys through the British landscape in a quest to explore new ways to store and preserve human knowledge.
World premiere
Westinghouse Three (Country: US; Year: 2019; Director: Kevin Jerome Everson)
The film showcases an old consumer product.
International premiere
Earth Earth
Earth and Just Don't Think I'll Scream
While We Are Here (Country: Brazil; Year: 2019; Director: Clarissa Campolina, Luiz Pretti)
Lamis and Wilson are migrants in New York. She's a Lebanese that just arrived, and he's a Brazilian that has lived there illegally, for 10 years. This hybrid doc tells their stories
UK premiere
Wittnerchrome Notes I & II (Country: UK; Year: 2018; Director: Nick Collins)
A filmmaker's notebook.
UK premiere

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