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Doc/Fest Selects: Into the World

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

Us Kids

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 Into the World strand – and see the full programme and watch on Doc/Fest Selects.

Into the World is about all of us – the distant, the close, the intimate, the political – our worlds and their infinite appearances, challenges and dangers. Films by essential directors with essential themes that take varied approaches to exploring our past, present and collective future.

Us Kids
Following teen survivors of the Parkland shooting in their fight for gun control. The film shows how they experience loss, trauma, anxiety and the desire to transform these feelings into fighting energy, facing the media, learning how to deal with a world they aim to change.
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You Think The Earth Is A Dead Thing / Tu Crois Que La Terre Est Chose Morte
Just one of the many far-reaching impacts of the slave trade on human history is on agriculture and horticulture. While the French plantation owners on the Caribbean island of Martinique had their gardens laid out, Versailles-style, their enslaved workers continued their tradition of using medicinal wild herbs. Nowadays these herbs represent one of several resources through which the people of Martinique counter the health and ecological ravage caused by the use of pesticides on the banana plantations. Farmers are reclaiming uncultivated lands to grow indigenous vegetables, without any industrial pesticides; they fight boldly for simple biodiversity.
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Into the World Shorts: Isle of Us, Stop Nineteen, Wellspring & Breadline
A short film can tell as much as a feature. This selection of four shorts feature personal and collective stories shot in Yorkshire, England, a Scottish Island and in Ireland showing how a painful past can affect the present time.
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Please Hold the Line

Please Hold The Line
This film follows cable technicians in Moldavia, Romania, Ukraine and Bulgaria as they visit their customers, entering each time in their own individual universe. With glimpses of local stories and a view of a so-called connected society in a region that has been torn apart by nationalism.
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To See You Again / Volverte a Ver
In 2016 the Mexican District Attorney secretly buried more than 100 murdered bodies during the war against drug trafficking. They kept it hidden until a group of women, mothers, discovered it while searching for their missing children. One of them retrieves the body of her brother. To See You Again narrates the participation of Mexican women as they exhume what remains of the corpses and learn about forensic work. They help us discover the crimes committed by the state when burying the bodies.
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A look at the fallout from the life-threatening water crisis in Flint, Michigan – a man-made disaster that continues to haunt the United States. Narrated by Alec Baldwin, the film shows what happens when a community loses all faith in authority. Focusing not only on the crisis itself but the enduring issues of partisan politics and environmental resources on which it continues to shed light.
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Coming in autumn:

Tribute to Sarah Maldoror
As part of the autumn Into the World strand, following her recent passing from COVID 19 at the age of 90, Doc/Fest will pay tribute to the late, great, pioneer filmmaker Sarah Maldoror (19 July 1929–13 April 2020). Born of French West Indies descent, Sarah Maldoror joined the pioneers of the African liberation movements in Guinea, Algeria and Guinea-Bissau alongside her partner Mario de Andrade, an Angolan poet and politician, who was the founder of the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA). Maldoror was on the front line of anti-colonial struggles. Starting out as an assistant on The Battle of Algiers, Maldoror became one of the first women to direct a feature film in Africa. She directed more than forty films, mainly documentaries. “For many African filmmakers, cinema is a tool of revolution, a political education to transform consciences. It was part of the emergence of a Third World cinema seeking to decolonise thought to encourage radical changes in society”, said Maldoror.

Sarah Maldoror

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