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Sheffield Doc/Fest Autumn Programme

Fri. 2 October 2020 — Sun. 15 November 2020

Sisters With Transistors

As part of Doc/Fest's aim to deliver a live programme and engage with audiences in the city of Sheffield, four weekender events will take place each fortnight from 2nd October, at the Showroom Cinema, as well as online in parallel on the Doc/Fest Selects player, themed around the festival 2020 strands: Into the World, Rebellions, Rhyme & Rhythm and Ghosts & Apparitions.

Each weekend will include a highlight selection of films from the festival's 2020 Official Selection, talks and a digital art exhibition in Sheffield presented in collaboration with the Showroom Cinema and Site Gallery, with content also screened online.

The Autumn Programme involves 40 films of all lengths, spanning 20 countries around the world and representing 17 spoken languages. With 7 World Premieres, 7 International Premieres, 3 European Premieres and 19 UK Premieres and 7 first-time feature filmmakers included.

Read on for details of the next weekender – come back soon for more.

Rhyme & Rhythm weekender, 31 October–1 November
The Rhyme & Rhythm strand of films is where cinema and other art forms meet – performance, photography, music, and more.

As well as the weekender at the Showroom Cinema, all titles will be available online via the Doc/Fest Selects platform until 12 November.

A special event to mark the European premiere of Sisters With Transistors will headline the weekender on Saturday evening, in partnership with No Bounds Festival. Laurie Anderson narrates this doc about electronic music's unsung heroines. It looks at pioneering composers such as Maryanne Amacher, Bebe Barron, Suzanne Ciani, Delia Derbyshire, Pauline Oliveros, Daphne Oram, Eliane Radigue, Clara Rockmore, Laurie Spiegel and The Space Lady, who invented the sounds of the future with tape recorders, the first synthesisers and early computers the size of a room. Accompanying the film will be a live online Q&A with director Lisa Rovner, in conversation with Doc/Fest's Deputy Director Melanie Iredale, plus a short pre-recorded performance from The Space Lady.

Doc/Fest's Rhyme & Rhythm weekender also includes a look at the USA's prison industrial complex through the lens of house music and nightlife (Bring Down The Walls); a profile of the world’s foremost portrait photographers, Brigitte Lacombe, directed by Lynne Ramsay; a tender and moving portrait of an 80-year-old drag queen in Iran (Gracefully); and a poetic film diving into the creative process of Oona Doherty’s award-winning dance show shot in a Belfast housing estate and exploring gender expression, class identity and a sense of place, through movement (Welcome to a Bright White Limbo).

See the full Rhyme & Rhythm programme

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Quarantine Film Club

Join Sheffield Transformed for their Quarantine Film Club, a series of films on political themes that you enjoy from home in the online company of others.

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