Sheffield Doc/Fest to open with The Look of Silence and The Greatest Shows on Earth
by Naman Ramachandran
- The festival is to close with Monty Python: The Meaning of Live
The Sheffield Doc/Fest (5-10 June) will open this year with a double header. The Look of Silence [+see also:
film profile] by Joshua Oppenheimer (The Act of Killing [+see also:
film profile]) will play at the Sheffield Showroom, followed by Benedikt Erlingsson’s The Greatest Shows on Earth: A Century of Funfairs, Circuses and Carnivals at the City Hall. The festival will close with Roger Graef and James Rogan’s Monty Python: The Meaning of Live.
The international film programme at the festival this year comprises 150 feature and short documentaries from 35 countries. Films in competition for the Grand Jury Award include Parvez Sharma’s A Sinner in Mecca, Sean McAllister’s A Syrian Love Story, Haibin Du’s A Young Patriot, Matthew Heineman’s Cartel Land, Solveig Melkeraaen’s Good Girl, Jeanie Finlay’s Orion: The Man Who Would Be King [+see also:
film profile], Alicia Calderón Torres’ Portraits of a Search, Maite Alberdi’s Tea Time, Stanley Nelson’s The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, Brian Hill’s The Confessions of Thomas Quick [+see also:
film profile], Kirby Dick’s The Hunting Ground and Chad Garcia’s The Russian Woodpecker [+see also:
In addition, there are filmmaker master classes with Joshua Oppenheimer, Jeanie Finlay and Brett Morgen, a music event with composer Michael Nyman, and a John Akomfrah retrospective, amongst many more events.