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Doc/Fest Selects: Ghosts & Apparitions

Full access £36/£30 concession. £18 per strand. Individual films £4.50/£3 concession. Exchange films/Q&As free

On A Clear Day You Can See the Revolution From Here

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2020 presents its first series of films online with its new streaming platform Sheffield Doc/Fest Selects, with pay-per-view and subscription options.

Read on for our top picks of the festival's Ghosts & Apparitions strand – and see the full programme and watch on Doc/Fest Selects.

In Ghosts & Apparitions, history and memory are materialised through a reflection on filmic language. How can we make visible what is invisible – a faded memory, a dream? It's also about experimenting with cinematic forms and narratives, with films that question what documentary can be and build upon a wider vision of its tradition and norms.

A Month of Single Frames
In 1998, pioneer of lesbian filmmaking Barbara Hammer had a one-month artist residency in the C Scape Dune Shak in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. While there, she shot 16mm film, recorded sounds with her cassette recorder and kept a journal. In 2018, Barbara began her own process of dying by revisiting her personal archive. She gave all of these images, sounds and writing to filmmaker Lynne Sachs and invited her to make a film with the material.
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A Month of Single Frames is part of Doc/Fest's Lynne Sachs Focus
As part of the Ghosts & Apparitions strand, Doc/Fest presents a curated selection of films by Lynne Sachs, focusing on the notion of translation as a practice of encountering others and reshaping and reinterpreting filmic language. Five Lynne Sachs films ranging from 1994–2018 – mostly involving creative collaboration with others – feature as part of the online programme from 10 June. Her latest film, Film About a Father Who, will make its International Premiere in Sheffield in October.
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On A Clear Day You Can See the Revolution From Here
This film brings into focus Kazakhstan’s search for a post-Soviet identity and a state-sponsored programme of cultural production that, on the one hand connects back to the ancient folklore and belief systems of the Silk Road, while on the other, seeks to embrace the values of Western capitalism. It provides a meditative faux-observational film about the continual process of construction involved in nationhood and national identity.
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Yãmĩyhex: The Women-Spirit / Yãmīyhex: Mulheres Espírito

Your Day is My Night

Your Day is My Night
Since the early days of New York’s Lower East Side tenement houses, working-class people have shared beds, making such spaces a fundamental part of immigrant life. A “shift-bed” is an actual bed that is shared by people who are neither in the same family nor in a relationship. It’s an economic necessity brought on by the challenges of urban existence. Such a bed can become a remarkable catalyst for storytelling as absolute strangers become de facto confidants. As the bed transforms into a stage, the film reveals the collective history of Chinese immigrants in the USA, a story not often documented.
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Yãmĩyhex: The Women-Spirit / Yãmīyhex: Mulheres Espírito
After some months in the Verde village, in Ladainha (Minas Gerais), the yãmiyhex (women-spirit) are getting ready to leave. The filmmakers Sueli and Isael Maxakali record the preparations and the big farewell party. During those festive days, a crowd of spirits cross the village. The yãmiyhex leave but they will always return, missing their fathers and mothers. A film haunted by a myth, inhabited by the careful construction of rituals and celebration, moved by the force of a spiritual bond with every manifestation of life.
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