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Doc/Fest Selects: Rhyme & Rhythm

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

Bring Down The Walls

Shut Up Sona

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 Rhyme & Rhythm strand – and see the full programme and watch on Doc/Fest Selects.

Rhyme & Rhythm is where cinema and other art forms meet, whether through performance – traditional and contemporary dance, and theatre; visual art – portrait photography, painting, sculpture, street art, and video art or music – from afrobeat to jazz, via Bollywood, blues, classical, electronic, gypsy folk, pop, punk, post-punk, and rumba.

Shut Up Sona
Being on the receiving end of blasphemy lawsuits, internet trolling, and death threats are all in a day’s work for Indian singer and leading #MeToo activist, Sona Mohapatra. Over three years, filmmaker Deepti Gupta follows Sona as she battles with music execs and India’s patriarchal traditions at large in her fight for equal space in the music industry and beyond. The film also charts Sona’s rise as a singer, songwriter, and composer – fusing pop, folk, Bollywood and rock – inspiring a generation of women as she performs around her home country.
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Bring Down The Walls
With a prison population of more than 2 million, the USA is the world’s biggest jailer. Coinciding with the escalation of mass incarceration in the 1980s, house music emerged from Black, Latinx and queer communities embattled by oppressive law enforcement policies. Bring Down The Walls explores the prison industrial complex through the lens of house music and nightlife, proposing the dance floor as a space of personal and collective liberation, and new ways in which we could come together as a society.
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Keith Haring: Street Art Boy

Keith Haring: Street Art Boy
When Keith Haring died aged 31 he was one of the most famous artists in the world, having blazed a trail through the art scene of 1980s New York and revolutionised the worlds of pop culture and fine art, using his art to advocate for gay rights and AIDS awareness. Through an incredible use of archive, featuring Andy Warhol to Madonna and Grace Jones, including Haring’s encyclopaedic collection of polaroids, and using previously recorded interviews that form the narrative of the documentary - this is the definitive story of the artist and activist in his own words. Available until 27 June.
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The Go-Go's
Formed by Belinda Carlisle and Jane Wiedlin, The Go-Go’s started out in the 1980s LA punk scene. Talent, ambition, and the coinciding birth of MTV and the music video catapulted The Go-Go’s ascent. They made history as the first all-female band to write their own songs, play their own instruments, and release a No. 1 album. As the pressure of fame grew, hard drugs, alcohol, and infighting start to take its toll. Through a combination of candid interviews and great footage, Alison Ellwood’s spirited tribute shines a light on the band’s success – as musicians, ground-breakers and survivors.
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