Doc/Fest Picks – 6 films. 3 days. 1 cinema
We're please to announce the full lineup for our weekend of Doc/Fest Picks!
In partnership with Sheffield Doc/Fest, we're proud to present six of the most talked about films from this year’s festival from Friday 22 to Sunday 24 July at the Bertha DocHouse Screen at Curzon Bloomsbury in London.
Following its world premiere at Doc/Fest Ashish Ghadiali’s debut feature doc The Confession will open the Doc/Fest Picks weekend, introduced by Doc/Fest Head of Programming Claire Aguilar and followed by a Q&A with Ghadiali and film subject Moazzam Begg, a British former detainee at Guantanamo Bay.
A further highlight of the weekend is a screening of the Doc/Fest Grand Jury prize winner Cameraperson followed by a Skype Q&A with director Kirsten Johnson. Drawing on unused footage that Johnson has shot around the world as a documentary director of photography over 25 years, this beautifully curated collage offers a unique insight into the relationship between the cameraperson, the subject and the ethics of the job.
Other screenings include Louis Theroux’s stranger than fiction My Scientology Movie directed by John Dower; Samira Goetschel’s City 40 which reveals the secrets of the Russian city of Ozersk which is surrounded by barbed wire and armed guards; Vladimir Tomic’s personal Flotel Europa about the huge ship that was moored in the port of Copenhagen which became his home as a Yugoslavian refugee in the 1990s; and closing with Barbara Kopple’s uplifting Miss Sharon Jones! which not only reveals a brilliant and little known soul singing talent who’s been likened to James Brown, but also tells a life affirming story of triumph over adversity.
The Confession (Dir. Ashish Ghadiali / UK / 2016)
London Premiere + Q&A with Moazzam Begg Fri 22 July / 19:30
Moazzam Begg has witnessed a generation of conflict. Here he tells his extraordinary story, chronicling the rise of modern jihad, its descent into terror, and the disastrous reaction of the West.
City 40 (Dir. Samira Goetschel / USA / 2016)
Sat 23 July / 16:10
Welcome to ‘City 40’, where the residents have one of the highest standards of living in Russia – before dying prematurely of radiation poisoning. Secret filming takes us inside the city, which was closed to the outside world for decades.
Cameraperson (Dir: Kirsten Johnson/ USA / 2016)
London Premiere + Q&A with Kirsten Johnson (via Skype)
Sat 23 July / 18:00
American cinematographer Kirsten Johnson has travelled the world working with the greatest documentary filmmakers. In this thoroughly engrossing film, she refashions some of her footage into a kaleidoscopic musing on documenting the world.
My Scientology Movie (Dir. John Dower / UK / 2015)
Sat 23 July / 20:45
Following a long fascination with the religion and with much experience dealing with eccentric human behaviour, Louis Theroux delves into the murky world of Scientology.
Flotel Europa (Dir: Vladimir Tomic / Denmark, Serbia 2015)
Sun 24 July / 15:00
Vladimir Tomic boarded the Flotel Europa in Copenhagen in the early 1990s, along with 1000 other refugees from the former Yugoslavia. Through home movie footage Tomic reflects back on his experience in this timely and unusual coming of age film.
Miss Sharon Jones!
(Dir: Barbara Kopple / USA / 2015)
London Premiere Sun 24 July / 17:10
Two-time Academy Award winner Barbara Kopple follows R&B queen Sharon Jones over the course of a turbulent year, as she battles cancer and struggles to hold her band the Dap-Kings together.
To learn more about the line-up, watch trailers, buy tickets and more, click here: https://sheffdocfest.com/articles/429-doc-fest-picks-at-bertha-dochouse