The fifth edition of Ireland's biggest documentary festival includes a record number of Irish-made feature documentaries alongside contributions from 24 other countries. It opens with Let the Canary Sing,, which profiles Cyndi Lauper, and will close with a conversation between Carl Frampton and Patrick Kielty on Northern Irish politics, education and identity.

The festival runs from 20 to 25 June.

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Much Ado About Dying
Much Ado About Dying
Looking after his gay actor uncle, filmmaker Simon is engulfed in a whirl of Shakespeare and clutter, as uncle David lends his credit card to neighbours, greets visitors in the nude and teaches Simon a profound lesson on dying happy
I Dream In Photos
I Dream In Photos
A documentary about the life and work of Pulitzer Prize-Winning photographer Cathal McNaughton.
Bobi Wine: The People’s President
Bobi Wine: The People’s President
A documentary about how Ugandan opposition leader, activist and musical star Bobi Wine took on the regime led by Yoweri Museveni, the person who led the country for 35 years.
Anhell69
Anhell69
A funeral car cruises the streets of Medellin, while a young director tells the story of his past in this violent and conservative city.
Notes From Sheepland
Notes From Sheepland
A portrait of artist Orla Barry, who returned to Ireland after many years working in Brussels, planning to do a bit of sheep farming on the side, and fell in love with the sheep.
Tish
Tish
A working-class photographer captures the impact of Thatcherism on the north of England but is unable to escape the poverty and inequality she exposed.
All Of Our Heartbeats Are Connected Through Exploding Stars
All Of Our Heartbeats Are Connected Through Exploding Stars
In Japan, people still struggle to cope with the legacy of the 2011 tsunami, whilst on the Hawaiian island of Kaho’olawe, volunteers collect Japanese debris from the beaches.
The Last Rider
The Last Rider
The incredible story of the greatest cycling race in history, the 1989 Tour De France, and how American Greg LeMond faced down betrayal, childhood sexual abuse and death, completing one of the most inspiring comebacks in history.
The Devil's Drivers
The Devil's Drivers
Filmed over eight years, this documentary follows drivers who smuggle Palestinian workers in and out of Israel risking jail in the process.
Atomic Hope
Atomic Hope
Is nuclear energy the solution to the climate crisis? Whether it is the only carbon-neutral technology capable of tackling the crisis or a fatally convenient stopgap, time is running out.
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Docs Ireland Features

The price of seeing
Gary Lennon on the work of Cathal McNaughton and I Dream In Photos
Crossing different fields
Cara Holmes and Orla Barry on art, farming and Notes From Sheepland
Uncovering the truth
Margo Harkin on the Irish mother and baby homes scandal and Stolen
Heat and light
Anna Hints on capturing the soul of the Smoke Sauna Sisterhood

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