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What's On in May/June

Thursday 20 May, 2021

From next Friday, 28th May, we'll be welcoming audiences back into our beautiful cinema space with an exciting opening programme of new releases plus our selection of recent docs that deserve to get their big screen moment, at last!

You'll also still be able to find us online! We're going hybrid, so we'll have a programme of online events running alongside our cinema programme. More ways than ever to enjoy Bertha DocHouse!
Here's what we've got coming up over the next few weeks. 


We're delighted to be showing Epicentro, Hubert Sauper's fascinating evocation of Cuba, filmed at a pivotal time in a country on the cusp of change. The film will be followed by a live online Q&A with the director.

Looking ahead to 10th June, we'll be showing Sunless Shadows online, followed by a recorded Q&A. In many ways a follow up to director Mehrdad Oskouei's intimate and moving Starless Dreams (which screened exclusively at Bertha DocHouse in 2016), Sunless Shadows also takes place in a juvenile detention centre in Tehran.

This time, Oskouei films with a group of young women serving sentences for the murder of male family members, giving the women, victims themselves, ample space to express their feelings, experiences, regrets and hopes, creating a powerful and exceptionally empathetic portrait. 

We'll be announcing more online events for June shortly, so keep your eyes peeled!

IN THE CINEMA                                                                                                                                                    

From Friday 28th May, cinema-goers will be able to watch Dan Edelstyn and Hilary Powell attempt to disrupt the UK's debt-based finance system, which keeps the poor in poverty, by setting up a bank, printing their own money, and blowing up a million pounds worth of high interest debt.
The film, Bank Job, shows just what a couple of artists and a strong local community can achieve with a tonne of chutzpah and passion for their cause. 

Over the next few weeks, we're putting some of the most wonderful, cinematic, nonfiction releases from the last six months up onto the big screen at last, with our selection of 'Unlocked Docs'. 

From 28th May, come into the dark to be enthralled by the life story of Billie Holiday told through original recorded interviews with the people who knew her best, in Billie; follow a dedicated team of investigative journalists as they discover shocking corruption and a healthcare scandal which rocks society, in the Oscar-nominated Collective; and join Zeytin and her canine compatriots wandering the streets of Istanbul, in Elizabeth Lo's perspective-shifting Stray.  

We can't wait to play Viktor Kossakovsky's Gunda, from Friday 4th June. Kossakovsky elevates the farmyard to cinematic brilliance in this labour-of-love ode to a pig called Gunda, and her litter of piglets.

Look out for subplots with a flock of chickens and a herd of cows. Gunda is unlike anything you've seen before, carefully revealing to us an animal consciousness we're unlikely ever to forget.

We've also got more of our unmissable 'Unlocked Docs' playing from 4th June: Go undercover with unlikely octogenarian spy Sergio, in the charming (and Oscar-nominated) The Mole Agent; and follow the relationship between a Czech artist and the man who stole her paintings as it evolves over several years, challenging our preconceptions and our capacity for empathy, in the utterly compelling The Painter and the Thief

Our beloved 'Sunday Sessions' return from 6th June, featuring inspiring films from auteurs, artists and adventurers. In State Funeral, Sergei Loznitsa immerses us in the days following the death of Joseph Stalin, from mass public mourning to stirring speeches, crafted from a cache of stunningly restored original archive.  

From 11th June, we're bringing Martin Luther King, Jr to the Bertha DocHouse screen in Sam Pollard's ML, which uses newly de-classified documents to reveal the true extent of the FBI's interest in Dr. King, and the US government's history of covertly targeting of Black activists.

And last but not least, the brilliant women who pioneered electronic music - from Delia Derbyshire to Suzanne Ciani - finally get the recognition they deserve in Lisa Rovner's Sisters with Transistors.