The EIFF started off as a documentary film festival in 1947, and this year's documentary strand is particularly strong. They say; "Honouring our history as a documentary festival, we still seek out the most intriguing real-life stories from all over the world."
To See if I’m Smiling and Fairytale Of Kathmandu
Angels In The Dust
(Country: South Africa; Year: 2007; Director: Louise Hogarth; Writer: Louise Hogarth; Stars: Marion Cloete, Con Cloete), Official Site
Documentary about a wealthy, privileged family who build a community for children whose lives have been devastated by HIV/AIDS.
Cafe De Los Maestros
(Country: USA; Year: 2008; Director: Miguel Kohan; Writer: Miguel Kohan, Gustavo Santaolalla)
A celebratory film about the maestros of tango.
Glimpses of the weird and wonderful, the heartbreaking and hilarious, from real lives all over the world. Featuring: Bergeronnettes (Alicia Van Assche), Bullet Proof Vest (May Lin Au Yong)
I Shot The Mayor (or: Plan B) (Astrid Bussink), Kredens (Jacob Dammas), Living On The Landing (Podestleben) (Sandra Budesheim, Sabine Zimmer), Plane Days (Benjamin Kracun, Ewan McNicol), Pull, The (Andy Blubaugh), Valley of the Goats (Leon Dean).
sleep furiously and Paradise
Dreams With Sharp Teeth
(Country: USA; Year: 2007; Director: Erik Nelson; Writer: Erik Nelson; Stars: Harlan Ellison, Robin Williams, Neil Gaiman, Peter David, Ronald D. Moore, Josh Olson, Tom Snyder)
Fiercely intelligent and ubiquitous writer Harlan Ellison is put under the lens by Robin Williams.
Fairytale Of Kathmandu
(Country: UK, Ireland; Year: 2007; Director: Neasa Ni Chianain), Official Site
Following an admired writer to his spiritual home in Nepal leads to a difficult discovery.
Jesus Christ Saviour (Jesus Christus Erlöser)
(Country: Germany; Year: 2008; Director: Peter Geyer; Writer: Klaus Kinski; Stars: Klaus Kinski)
Klaus Kinski (so immortally captured in Werner Herzog's My Best Fiend) gives a showstopping performance with a defiant monologue.
(Country: Denmark; Year: 2007; Director: Phie Ambo)
Artificial Intelligence and the Uncanny Valley, androids that we can love bookend the story.
The Order Of Myths and Encounters At The End Of The World
The New 10 Commandments
(Country: UK; Year: 2008; Director: Nick Higgins, Kenny Glenaan, Douglas Gordon, Irvine Welsh, Mark Cousins, Tilda Swinton, Sana Bilgrami, Alice Nelson, Doug Aubrey, David Graham Scott, Anna Jones), Official Site
Celebration the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declarations of Human Rights interpreted through the prism of Scotland today.
(Country: USA; Year: 2007; Director: Daniel O’Connor, Neil Ortenberg)
Documentary about Barney Rosset, who challenged obscenity laws most famously in the case of Lady Chatterley's Lover.
The Order Of Myths
(Country: USA; Year: 2008; Director: Margaret Brown), Official Site
Using dual Mardi Gras parades, The Order of Myths delves into cultural exploration and integration in a community still stuck in tradition.
(Country: USA; Year: 2008; Director: Ron Davis, Stewart Halpern), Official Site
An in-depth look at drag queens in preparation for the Miss Gay America.
(Country: Sweden; Year: 2007; Director: Jerzy Sladkowski)
The story of wallpaper and marriage in a house on a lake in Sweden.
Pageant and War Child
(Country: UK; Year: 2007; Director: Gideon Koppel)
Rural Wales faces change from all sides as the population ages.
Very Young Girls
(Country: US; Year: 2007; Director: David Schisgall)
An examination of young girls as they are duped, tricked and coerced into selling themselves for sex in a surprising, and people-focussed film.
Cafe De Los Maestros and Very Young Girls
War Child (Emmanuel Jal: War Child)
(Country: USA; Year: 2008; Director: Christian Karim Chrobog; Stars: Emmanuel Jal), Official Site
A rising hip-hop star uses his music to raise awareness about his homeland’s ongoing humanitarian crisis.
We Went To Wonderland
(Country: China, UK; Year: 2008; Director: Xiaolu Guo)
'Wonderland' - an interesting nickname for the West. Xiaolu Guo's documentary of her parent's first visit to Europe from China.