Sheffield Doc/Fest

9 - 14 June

Sheffield Doc/Fest is a world leading and the UK’s premier documentary festival, celebrating the art and business of documentary and all non-fiction storytelling. 

Operating in the heart of UK, we’re a hub for all documentary and non-fiction content across all platforms, from feature length to shorts, and including interactive, augmented reality, and virtual reality projects. 

The Festival comprises: 
- Film programme of the very best in international documentary screenings; 
- Alternate Realities for innovation in interactive , augmented reality and virtual reality projects; 
- Talks & Sessions with high profile speakers, to inspire, inform and debate; 
- Marketplace for international business, delegations, pitching and training; 
- Social events and networking; 
- All Year screenings, talks and training outside of the festival period. 

Across all of its programmes, Doc/Fest gives guests the opportunity to explore documentary within one unique, six-day festival experience. 



Mada Underground
Doc/Fest 2017: Mada Underground (U)
Co-filmmakers Philippe Chevallier and Denis Sneguirev introduce us to the youth of Madagascar’s cultural underground, where they are carving out a space for their dreams and ambitions.
  • Fri 9 Jun
  • 12.00
singing with angry bird
Doc/Fest 2017: Singing with Angry Bird (U)
A Korean opera singer starts the Banana Children’s Choir in Pune, India, where he is nicknamed “Angry Bird”. Frustrated by the lack of support from the parents, he decides to train the parents to sing too.
  • Fri 9 Jun
  • 12.00
The_Departure
Doc/Fest 2017: The Departure (18)
A Japanese tearaway youth-turned-Zen Buddhist priest provides a deeply personal counselling service for people with suicidal tendencies in the latest documentary by Lana Wilson (After Tiller).
  • Fri 9 Jun
  • 12.15
  • Sat 10 Jun
  • 18.15
The road movie
Doc/Fest 2017: The Road Movie (18)
In Dmitrii Kalashnikov’s mesmerising compilation of dash cam footage, we are spectators to a series of extraordinary moments in an eccentric portrait of contemporary Russia.
  • Fri 9 Jun
  • 12.30
focus india
Doc/Fest 2017: Focus/India Shorts (18)
An insight into contemporary India from the endeavors of Bollywood recruitment to full-throttle motorbike daredevils and human censors of the internet.
  • Fri 9 Jun
  • 15.00
brexitannia
Doc/Fest 2017: Brexitannia (18)
In a series of interviews with EU referendum voters from all over the UK, filmmaker Timothy George Kelly reveals the broad and conflicting ideas of what it means to be British.
  • Fri 9 Jun
  • 15.15
  • Tue 13 Jun
  • 21.15
Still Tomorrow
Doc/Fest 2017: Still Tomorrow (18)
Yu Xiuhua, a Chinese farmer and poet living with cerebral palsy, becomes a literary sensation when she transforms her painful life experiences to verse.
  • Fri 9 Jun
  • 15.15
Spettacolo
Doc/Fest 2017: Spettacolo (18)
Filmmakers Jeff Malmberg (Marwencol) and Chris Shellen document a year in the life of Montichiello's amateur theatre, a generation-spanning performance art project in rural Tuscany.
  • Fri 9 Jun
  • 15.30
LaChana
Doc/Fest 2017: La Chana (18)
La Chana was one of the greatest stars in the flamenco world before she disappeared from the world stage. Two decades later, she’s returning for a final performance.
  • Fri 9 Jun
  • 19.30
Do Donkeys Act
Doc/Fest 2017: Do Donkeys Act? (18)
Poetic reflections voiced by Willem Dafoe serve as the backdrop to this "ethno-poetic-animal-fiction", as we're asked to listen closely to a series of dramatic performances re-examining our notion of the dumb beast.
  • Fri 9 Jun
  • 21.00
  • Tue 13 Jun
  • 18.15
docs til dawn
Doc/Fest 2017: Docs Til Dawn (18)
Welcome to our new late-night binges of cool, cult and classic documentaries on the big screen.
  • Fri 9 Jun
  • 21.45
  • Sat 10 Jun
  • 22.00
Ouaga_Girls
Doc/Fest 2017: Ouaga Girls (18)
A warm portrait of a group young women studying to become car mechanics in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. They are coming of age in a country boiling with political changes.
  • Sat 10 Jun
  • 09.30
Chavela
Doc/Fest 2017: Chavela (18)
The life and times of the incomparable lesbian ranchera singer Chavela Vargas is tenderly recounted through candid anecdotes, including a few from her biggest fan Pedro Almodóvar.
  • Sat 10 Jun
  • 09.45
silent revolution
Doc/Fest 2017: Silent Revolution / Black Liberation + intro (18)
Made with the direct participation of Malcolm X and narrated by Ossie Davis, this work of political cinema offers an intense, incendiary vision of black revolution across America.
  • Sat 10 Jun
  • 10.00
Brasilia Life After Death
Doc/Fest 2017: Brasilia: Life After Design
Brasília is unlike any other: a concrete utopia in the desert. Featuring a haunting score and images that take us deep into the city, this film brings a human face to the utopian ideal.
  • Sat 10 Jun
  • 12.00
forbidden games
Doc/Fest 2017: Forbidden Games + Q&A (18)
Rich archive and emotional interviews are at the core of this portrait of British footballer Justin Fashanu, whose open homosexuality in an age of widespread homophobia contributed to his tragic premature demise.
  • Sat 10 Jun
  • 12.00
Ask the Sexpert
Doc/Fest 2017: Ask the Sexpert (18)
Taking a wry and practical look at sex, 91-year-old gynaecologist Mahinder Watsa is a popular advice columnist and a rare voice of open-mindedness in India’s morally-defined sexual culture.
  • Sat 10 Jun
  • 12.15
Lost in Vaugeness
Doc/Fest 2017: Lost in Vagueness (18)
This is the story of Roy Gurvitz, creator of the wild Lost Vagueness show at Glastonbury Festival.
  • Sat 10 Jun
  • 12.30
icarus
Doc/Fest 2017: Icarus (18)
In this nonfiction thriller, director Bryan Fogel immerses himself into the world of performance enhancing drugs, and soon stumbles into the centre of Russia's extensive state-sponsored doping programme.
  • Sat 10 Jun
  • 14.45
  • Mon 12 Jun
  • 09.15
nobody speak
Doc/Fest 2017: Nobody Speak: Hulk Hogan, Gawker and the Trials of a Free Press (18)
Brian Knappenberger (The Internet’s Own Boy, We Are Legion) examines the perils and duties of the free press in an age of inequality through the trial of wrestler Hulk Hogan vs Gawker Media.
  • Sat 10 Jun
  • 15.00
Jaha's Promise
Doc/Fest 2017: Jaha's Promise (18)
Having already drawn global attention to female genital mutilation through her online petition, Jaha Dukureh is now determined to affect real change in her home country of Gambia.
  • Sat 10 Jun
  • 15.15
  • Wed 14 Jun
  • 09.45
the trial
Doc/Fest 2017: The Trial: The State of Russia vs. Oleg Sentsov (18)
Falsely tried for plotting a terrorist act, Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov finds himself fighting not only those testifying against him, but a far bigger Russian political apparatus.
  • Sat 10 Jun
  • 15.30
city of ghosts
Doc/Fest 2017: City of Ghosts (18)
Filmmaker Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land) shows how a citizen journalist group armed only with cameras, phones, and laptops disseminate the real horrors of life in ISIS stronghold Raqqa.
  • Sat 10 Jun
  • 18.00
the last animals
Doc/Fest 2017: The Last Animals (18)
Filmmaker-photographer Kate Brooks hones in on the business of rhino and elephant poaching in a thrilling feature that connects the dots between market, terrorism, and environmental catastrophe.
  • Sat 10 Jun
  • 18.00
step
Doc/Fest 2017: Step (18)
In inner city Baltimore, an all girls high school step dance team is chasing their ultimate dream: to win a step championship and to be accepted into college.
  • Sat 10 Jun
  • 18.15
The Workers Cup
Doc/Fest 2017: The Workers Cup (18)
Thousands of often miserable migrant workers are preparing for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. A workers' football tournament offers up hope of escape.
  • Sat 10 Jun
  • 21.00
risk
Doc/Fest 2017: Risk (18)
The UK Premiere of Laura Poitras’ (CITIZENFOUR) revealing new work, which brings viewers closer than they have ever been before to Julian Assange and those who surround him.
  • Sat 10 Jun
  • 21.15
Thank You For The Rain
Doc/Fest 2017: Thank You for the Rain (18)
In collaboration with Kenyan farmer and environmental activist Kisilu Musya, award-winning filmmaker Julia Dahr sensitively attends to the human cost of climate change.
  • Sat 10 Jun
  • 21.15
spookers
Doc/Fest 2017: Spookers (18)
As night falls at Spookers, dozens of seemingly ordinary people become freaks, zombies and chainsaw-wielding clowns.
  • Sun 11 Jun
  • 09.15
  • Wed 14 Jun
  • 21.15
strike a rock
Doc/Fest 2017: Strike a Rock (18)
Devastated by the Marikana Massacre, two women from the informal settlement of Nkaneng continue to fight for justice as a newly-appointed MP and community leader.
  • Sun 11 Jun
  • 09.30
winnie
Doc/Fest 2017: Winnie (18)
Part biography and part thriller, Pascale Lamche’s documentary on the political travails of activist Winnie Mandela is a compelling portrait of the former South African First Lady.
  • Sun 11 Jun
  • 11.45
Unseen Enemy
Doc/Fest 2017: Unseen Enemy (18)
The names alone can send us into panic: Ebola, SARS, AIDS, Zika. But there’s no time to bury our heads in the sand, argue a host of experts in this absorbing documentary.
  • Sun 11 Jun
  • 12.00
Mama Colonel
Doc/Fest 2017: Mama Colonel (18)
Dieudo Hamadi’s observational documentary follows 'Mama Colonel', a fierce advocate for victims. In her new posting in Kisangani she finds that the scars from a 15-year-old war run deep.
  • Sun 11 Jun
  • 12.30
trophy
Doc/Fest 2017: Trophy (18)
In this gripping documentary, big game hunters and conservationists make uneasy bedfellows, employing often unorthodox strategies to reverse the catastrophic decline in wild animals.
  • Sun 11 Jun
  • 14.45
  • Wed 14 Jun
  • 09.30
quest
Doc/Fest 2017: Quest (18)
In this decade-long labour of love and observation, photographer-turned-filmmaker Jonathan Olshefski captures the joys and tribulations of family life in North Philadelphia.
  • Sun 11 Jun
  • 15.15
unrest
Doc/Fest 2017: Unrest (18)
Filmmaker Jennifer Brea turns the camera on herself and a group of fellow myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) sufferers to document the effects of this oft-misunderstood condition. See Unrest VR in the Alternate Realities Exhibition.
  • Sun 11 Jun
  • 15.15
69 days
Doc/Fest 2017: 69 Minutes of 86 Days (U)
This hauntingly poetic documentary takes us into three-year-old Lean’s world as she makes her way from Syria to Sweden with her family.
  • Sun 11 Jun
  • 18.15
  • Wed 14 Jun
  • 15.00
whitney
Doc/Fest 2017: Whitney "Can I Be Me" (18)
Whitney Houston was a sure thing, or as sure as the music industry had ever seen. A transcendent talent with pedigree and mentorship to match, she was going to be the greatest female vocalist ever.
  • Sun 11 Jun
  • 18.15
  • Wed 14 Jun
  • 20.30
the work
Doc/Fest 2017: The Work (18)
Set inside a single room in Folsom Prison, The Work follows a four-day group therapy retreat. The raw and revealing process transcends what we think of as rehabilitation.
  • Sun 11 Jun
  • 18.30
  • Tue 13 Jun
  • 09.15
  • Wed 14 Jun
  • 09.15
A RIVER BELOW
Doc/Fest 2017: A River Below (18)
A riveting investigative journey to the Amazon, where wildlife conservation activists are using the media in ways which often have unintended consequences for vulnerable communities.
  • Sun 11 Jun
  • 18.30
dream boat
Doc/Fest 2017: Dream Boat (18)
Three thousand gay men embark on the Dream Boat for a week of bliss on the high sea. In the sun and amongst family, they literally bare all in this revealing documentary.
  • Sun 11 Jun
  • 21.00
Even When I Fall
Doc/Fest 2017: Even When I Fall (18)
Thirteen young circus artists reclaim skills that once came at a high cost: they were slaves in Indian circuses – sold as children. Now freed, together they form Nepal's first circus.
  • Sun 11 Jun
  • 21.15
out of thin air
Doc/Fest 2017: Out of Thin Air (18)
In 1970s Iceland, six suspects confess to two murders, and receive lengthy prison sentences. But decades later, it is revealed that nothing is as it seems.
  • Sun 11 Jun
  • 21.30
strong island
Doc/Fest 2017: Strong Island (18)
Twenty-five years after director Yance Ford’s brother was murdered on Long Island NY, the family scars run deep. In this stylish, searing and accomplished film, Ford revisits the painful topic which he has so long avoided.
  • Sun 11 Jun
  • 21.30
  • Tue 13 Jun
  • 09.30
rise and fall of Geoffrey matthews
Doc/Fest 2017: The Rise and Fall of Geoffrey Matthews (18)
A profoundly personal film from Morgan Matthews. Once a high flyer, Morgan’s dad Geoffrey is now distant from all his children, eking out a precarious existence with his partner Anna.
  • Mon 12 Jun
  • 09.30
Stranger in Paradise
Doc/Fest 2017: Stranger in Paradise (18)
Operating at the intersection of documentary and fiction, this film investigates uneven power relations, weaving an unflinching narrative of the mechanisms through which Europe manipulates refugees' desire for happiness.
  • Mon 12 Jun
  • 09.30
wilders
Doc/Fest 2017: Wilders (18)
Right wing populist Geert Wilders is running for Dutch Prime Minister. The filmmakers obtained exclusive access to Wilders, who has lived under 24-hour security protection for the past 12 years due to threats on his life.
  • Mon 12 Jun
  • 11.45
Lindy Lou Juror Number
Doc/Fest 2017: Lindy Lou, Juror Number 2 (18)
For 20 years, Lindy lived with an unbearable feeling of guilt and no one in the Republican and Protestant communities understood her distress.
  • Mon 12 Jun
  • 12.00
elian
Doc/Fest 2017: Elián (18)
In 2000, five-year-old Elián González was plucked from the Florida Straits, sparking a flashpoint for simmering US-Cuban tensions. His story is told through candid interviews and extraordinary news archive.
  • Mon 12 Jun
  • 12.00
Soldier
Doc/Fest 2017: Soldier
A cinematic portrait of a young Argentinian man who decides to join the army to make his mother happy. He also becomes the drummer in a band. His everyday life is now a combination of performing military training and repeated duties.
  • Mon 12 Jun
  • 12.15
Death in the terminal
Doc/Fest 2017: Death in the Terminal+ Rubber Coated Steel (18)
Sound and image evidence are forensically analysed in this coupling of investigative films. Death in the Terminal interweaves CCTV footage and testimonials to piece together a terrorism attack.
  • Mon 12 Jun
  • 15.00
The Death and Life of Martha P Johnson
Doc/Fest 2017: The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (18)
David France (How to Survive a Plague) revisits the murder of NYC trans pioneer Marsha P. Johnson, whose story brings to light the long history of crimes against this most marginalised of communities.
  • Mon 12 Jun
  • 15.15
  • Tue 13 Jun
  • 12.15
Dead Donkeys Fear No Hyenas
Doc/Fest 2017: Dead Donkeys Fear No Hyenas (18)
Hoping for export revenues, Ethiopia’s government leases millions of hectares of farmland to foreign investors. But the dream of prosperity has a dark side, where the World Bank plays a very questionable role.
  • Mon 12 Jun
  • 15.15
armed with faith
Doc/Fest 2017: Armed with Faith (18)
Through the insight and life-threatening work of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa bomb squad in Pakistan, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Geeta Gandbhir shows that religious fundamentalism is still a war fought at home.
  • Mon 12 Jun
  • 15.15
when you look away
Doc/Fest 2017: ...When You Look Away (18)
Wanting to answer some big questions about consciousness, Phie Ambo (Family, Gambler) sets herself some rules for filming and embarks on a thought-provoking journey of discovery.
  • Mon 12 Jun
  • 18.00
school life
Doc/Fest 2017: School Life (18)
A year in the life of two passionate and inspirational teachers in the only primary-age boarding school in Ireland. As they prepare for retirement, what will be their legacy?
  • Mon 12 Jun
  • 18.00
  • Wed 14 Jun
  • 15.15
Chasing Coral
Doc/Fest 2017: Chasing Coral (18)
Jeff Orlwoski (Chasing Ice) turns his lens on coral reefs which are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers, and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why.
  • Mon 12 Jun
  • 18.15
  • Tue 13 Jun
  • 09.30
Freedom For The Wolf
Doc/Fest 2017: Freedom for the Wolf (18)
The meaning of “freedom” is thoughtfully examined in Rupert Russell’s first documentary. With a wide international scope, it features urgent political perspectives from activists and academics alike.
  • Mon 12 Jun
  • 21.15
whose streets
Doc/Fest 2017: Whose Streets? + Officer Involved (18)
In the wake of the 2014 street protests activist-storytellers Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis gather first-hand accounts from those who were at the frontline in Ferguson, Missouri.
  • Mon 12 Jun
  • 21.15
Give Me Future
Doc/Fest 2017: Give Me Future (18)
This concert documentary tells the story of how American dance music trio Major Lazer played a surprise concert in Havana to half a million people, capturing a country on the brink of enormous change.
  • Mon 12 Jun
  • 21.30
  • Wed 14 Jun
  • 12.00
far from vietnam
Doc/Fest 2017: Far from Vietnam (18)
Initiated and edited by Chris Marker, Far From Vietnam is an epic 1967 collaboration between cinema greats Jean-Luc Godard, Joris Ivens, William Klein, Claude Lelouch and Alain Resnais in protest of American military involvement in Vietnam.
  • Tue 13 Jun
  • 09.30
oink
Doc/Fest 2017: Oink (18)
Oink is a mad, bad journey from China to Brooklyn to Wiltshire, exploring man's confusing relationship to the world around us. A case study in violence and sentimentality.
  • Tue 13 Jun
  • 11.45
the force
Doc/Fest 2017: The Force (18)
Winning 2017 Sundance Documentary Best Director, Peter Nicks takes an unbiased look at the beleaguered Oakland Police Department as it attempts to rebuild trust with its community.
  • Tue 13 Jun
  • 12.15
  • Wed 14 Jun
  • 18.00
Insha'Allah Democracy
Doc/Fest 2017: Insha'Allah Democracy (18)
Filmmaker Mohammed Naqvi is determined to use his vote in Pakistan’s nascent democracy to find a leader who can keep him safe in a climate of escalating terror attacks.
  • Tue 13 Jun
  • 15.00
my gay Syria
Doc/Fest 2017: Mr Gay Syria (18)
In hopes of travelling overseas, a group of gay Syrian men compete in a pageant that would see the winner granted the chance (and visa) to temporarily escape the persecution they are facing.
  • Tue 13 Jun
  • 15.15
motherland
Doc/Fest 2017: Motherland (18)
There's little space and even less equipment, but humanity abounds in Ramona Diaz's masterful cinema vérité portrait of the Phillipines largest maternity hospital.
  • Tue 13 Jun
  • 18.00
  • Wed 14 Jun
  • 09.30
bending the arc
Doc/Fest 2017: Bending the Arc (18)
The story of improbable heroes who came together 30 years ago to fight entrenched diseases, politics, bureaucracy, and the charity-industrial complex itself, forcing the international community to embrace healthcare as a basic human right.
  • Tue 13 Jun
  • 18.00
American Valhalla
Doc/Fest 2017: American Valhalla (18)
In the stunning Californian desert, Iggy Pop joined forces with Joshua Homme. A kaleidoscopic film about the creative process, this is also a thoughtful meditation on the inescapable fleetingness of time.
  • Tue 13 Jun
  • 18.15
  • Wed 14 Jun
  • 21.30
wasted
Doc/Fest 2017: Wasted! The Story of Food Waste (18)
With a third of the world’s food production going to waste, co-filmmakers Anna Chai and Nari Kye, with Executive Producer Anthony Bourdain, focus on proactive – and delicious – solutions that tackle this global environmental crisis.
  • Tue 13 Jun
  • 21.15
focus uk
Doc/Fest 2017: Focus/UK Shorts (18)
Short slices of urban grammar, youthful energy, and a turbulent political landscape paint a contemporary picture of the UK in 2017.
  • Wed 14 Jun
  • 15.15
jo cox
Doc/Fest 2017: Closing Night Film: Jo Cox: Death of an MP (18)
Closing this year’s Festival, we honour the Yorkshire MP Jo Cox with a special screening followed by a discussion about Jo’s legacy.
  • Wed 14 Jun
  • 19.00

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