The UK documentary film festival Sheffield Doc / Fest (June 4-13) opens with the European premiere of Questlove’s acclaimed Summer Of Soul, which this year won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award. The Doc records the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival and will be released (in theaters and on Disney + Star in the UK) by Searchlight Pictures and Hulu this summer.
The festival ends with The Story of Looking, the latest documentary from prolific filmmaker Mark Cousins. This time around, Cousins rotates his lens to see the complexities, contradictions, and beauty of the world in the context of people’s long imprisonment at home and constant attack by images. Cousins will also appear in conversation at the event.
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In a premiere for Doc / Fest, the event will also show its opening night (June 4th) and closing (June 12th) simultaneously in cinemas across the UK. The venues are currently scheduled to reopen in May under the guidance of the state coronavirus.
The festival also revealed other titles that will be featured on the program this year. On the list is Carlos Ghosn The Last Flight by Nick Green on the plight of former Renault-Nissan CEO Kazuo Haras Minamata Mandala, an epic 15-year journey through the famous controversy set in a three-part film, the UK premiere of Alba, It tells Sotorra’s The Return: Life After Isis, about a group of western women whose teenage years were spent supporting the terrorist group but now want to return home, and the European premiere of Anna Muylaert and Alvorada Palace by Lô Polit about the former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff in preparation for her impeachment proceedings.
The rest of the Doc / Fest 2021 program will be unveiled on May 12th.
“We wanted to open and close with films that speak to our program and what Sheffield Doc / Fest stands for and inspire our audiences after a very difficult time,” said Cíntia Gil, Director of Doc / Fest. “These films have helped us envision our program during the winter months and will hopefully add to the joy of getting back together to share life and movies before summer blossoms.”