Sheffield DocFest 2021

In addition to the feature films listed below, short films are also screening

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My Name Is Pauli Murray My Name Is Pauli Murray
My Name Is Pauli Murray and The Return: Life After ISIS
Alvorada Palace (Country: Brazil; Year: 2021; Director: Anna Muylaert, Lo Politi)
Documentary follows Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff and her closest members of staff over the days that lead up to the impeachment trial that resulted in her downfall.
Borderland (Country: Germany, Poland; Year: 2020; Director: Andreas Voigt)
Three decades after making his first film about the region, one of the pivotal East German documentarians returns to the borderlands where the outer limits of Poland, Germany, and the Czech Republic intersect.
Carlos Ghosn The Last Flight (Country: France, UK, Lebanon, Japan; Year: 2021; Director: Nick Green)
Carlos Ghosn – the former CEO of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, charged with financial crimes – stunned the world with his escape from Japan to Lebanon. What triggered Ghosn’s spectacular downfall from industry leader to international fugitive? Is there any truth to Ghosn’s claims of a corporate conspiracy?
Delphine's Prayers (Country: Cameroon, Belgium; Year: 2021; Director: Rosine Mfetgo Mbakam; Writer: Rosine Mfetgo Mbakam)
Portrait of a young Cameroonian - and her life in Belgium.
Final Account (Country: UK, US; Year: 2020; Director: Luke Holland)
Portrait of the last living generation of everyday citizens who participated in Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich.
Alvorada Palace Alvorada Palace
Alvorada Palace and The First 54 Years - An Abbreviated Manual for Military Occupation
The First 54 Years - An Abbreviated Manual for Military Occupation (Country: Israel, France, Finland, Germany; Year: 2021; Director: Avi Mograbi; Writer: Avi Mograbi; Stars: Zvi Barel, Shlomo Gazit, Avi Mograbi)
The Israeli military occupation of the Palestinian territories has lasted 54 years, and there is seemingly no end in sight. Working with testimonies given by soldiers in the Israeli army, Avi Mograbi provides insights on how a colonialist occupation functions.
If God Were A Woman (Country: Colombia; Year: 2021; Director: Angélica Cervera)
Laura lives with her parents in L’Alfàz del Pi, in Valencia. Three years ago, she started her transition. Laura now faces adolescence, and with it, a series of changes that will mean a new chapter for her and her family.
In The Shadow Of 9/11 (Country: US, Haiti, Dominican Republic; Year: 2021; Director: Dan Reed)
The story of a post-9/11 real-life thriller fabricated by the FBI in which seven innocent young black men from Miami were accused of plotting mass murder with Al Qaeda.
Minimata Mandala (Country: Japan; Year: 2020; Director: Kazuo Hara)
As early as 1937, the Chisso Corporation began dumping toxic waste into the waters of a fishing village in Minamata, Japan, initiating a form of methylmercury poisoning in the local population now known as Minamata disease. Kazuo Hara’s documentary tracks the legal struggles of several long-term sufferers.
My Name Is Pauli Murray (Country: US; Year: 2021; Director: Julie Cohen, Betsy West; Writer: Talleah Bridges McMahon, Julie Cohen, Cinque Northern, Betsy West; Stars: Dylan Raffin, Dylan Raffin)
Profile of the legal trailblazer.
The Return: Life After ISIS (Country: Spain, UK; Director: Alba Sotorra Clua; Stars: Shamima Begum, Hoda Muthana)
A documentary about women who left their countries to join ISIS and their fight for repatriation.
The Savior For Sale: The Story of the Salvator Mundi (Country: France; Year: 2021; Director: Antoine Vitkine)
Exploring the story of the Salvator Mundi (The Savior of the World), The Savior for Sale asks a question: is this really the work of Leonardo da Vinci, or one of the greatest scams in the history of art?
Splinters (Country: Argentina; Year: 2020; Director: Natalia Garayalde)
On November 3rd, 1995, in filmmaker Natalia Garayalde’s hometown, the Río Tercero Military Munitions Factory exploded. Thousands of shells dispersed against the city that had produced them. Aged 12, while trying to escape from the explosions, Garayalde recorded the devastation of her hometown with a video camera. Finding these tapes 25 years later, the filmmaker observes continuities in the footage.
Who We Are: A Chronicle Of Racism In America (Country: US; Year: 2021; Director: Emily Kunstler, Sarah Kunstler; Writer: Jeffery Robinson)
ACLU lawyer Jeffery Robinson’s shattering talk on the history of US anti-Black racism is interwoven with archival footage, interviews and Robinson’s own story, exploring the legacy of white supremacy.

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