Sheffield Doc/Fest

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‘There were plans to poison Julian’: Ithaka, the film charting Assange’s fight for freedom
From his Belmarsh wedding to his skateboarding round Ecuador’s embassy, Ithaka tells the story of the WikiLeaks founder’s extradition battle, through the eyes of his hard-campaigning father

Duncan Campbell

30, Jun, 2022 @5:00 AM

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Less storytelling, please: why documentaries will benefit from getting real
A good story has been the hot commodity of nonfiction films in recent years – but they only give viewers the power to identify with their subjects rather than understand them

Simran Hans

07, Jun, 2021 @12:03 PM

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Streaming: the best documentaries at Sheffield DocFest 2021
Running online and in cinemas, this year’s line-up is full of treats, from late 60s Harlem culture to a poignant portrait of Gorbachev

Guy Lodge

05, Jun, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Mother review – tender portrait of a charismatic carer
Kristof Bilsen’s documentary focuses on Pomm, who looks after Europeans with Alzheimer’s in Thailand while facing problems of her own

Charlie Phillips

10, Jun, 2019 @11:56 AM

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Border South review: slow train to US border purgatory
Raúl Pastrana’s compassionate film rides with a Nicaraguan migrant trying to cross into America, and a US researcher seeking traces of others who never made it

Charlie Phillips

08, Jun, 2019 @4:30 PM

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Get on one, comrade! The story of Russia’s post-Soviet rave scene
For a brief period in the early 90s, anything seemed possible for the pioneers of a new youth culture. But as a new film reveals, things didn’t turn out quite as hoped

Seth Jacobson

07, Jun, 2019 @3:36 PM

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'They went to crazy lengths' - amazing Afghan films the world never got to see
From the Afghan Abigail’s Party to the thriller made with live bullets, Mariam Ghani, daughter of the country’s president, has made a riveting documentary about five unfinished communist-era films

Amy Fleming

06, Jun, 2019 @10:03 AM

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Bill Wyman documentary dropped by Sheffield Doc/Fest after protests about 'sex predator'
European premiere of The Quiet One is cancelled after complaints about the former Rolling Stone’s alleged grooming of his second wife, Mandy Smith, when she was a child

Catherine Shoard

08, Apr, 2019 @11:28 AM

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Virtual truth: face to face with immersive documentaries
Experience life after a horrific accident, play a customs officer or swim with sea otters. A new breed of VR film-making is making viewers engage in a deeper way with the issues they confront

Shehani Fernando

15, Jun, 2018 @11:20 AM

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What Is Democracy? review – searing analysis of who's really in control
Astra Taylor’s documentary travels the world to discover why Trump and Brexit happened – and where real power lies

Charlie Phillips

11, Jun, 2018 @2:36 PM

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A Woman Captured review – brave and up-close story of modern slavery
This traumatic documentary about a Hungarian woman forced into domestic servitude is an outstanding example of how film-making can make a difference

Charlie Phillips

09, Jun, 2018 @8:48 AM

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A Northern Soul review – view from the bus of Hull's rebirth
Class and chance collide in Sean McAllister’s brilliant Sheffield Doc/Fest opening film, as young performers are guided through their home’s transformational year as UK city of culture

Charlie Phillips

08, Jun, 2018 @10:44 AM

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