DOCUMENTARY LINEUP AT SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL

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DOCUMENTARIES AT SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL

This week, our friends at Sydney Film Festival announced their full program for June, which boasts a huge line-up of over 80 feature documentaries, including some from legendary directors like Hertzog (Meeting Gorbachev), Scorsese (Rolling Thunder Revue), Wiseman (Monrovia, Indiana) and Varda (Varda by Agnes as well as 5 other Varda titles).

There are documentaries exploring the current worldwide political situation, like Capital in the 21st Century, an eye-opening journey through wealth and power; or The Brink which follows the architect of Trump’s election campaign, Steve Bannon; On the Inside of a Military Dictatorship, about Myanmar’s problematic transition from military rule to democracy; and The Klepotcrats, about Malaysia’s billion-dollar 1MDB scandal.

On the lighter side are documentaries sure to delight, like The Biggest Little Farm, about a city couple out of their depth; the blockbuster hit Apollo 11, sporting triumph Maiden, foodie delight Nothing Fancy, and cinema-obsessed Talking About Trees.

For those serious film lovers, a couple of unmissable documentaries deserving special mention are: Indian epic Reason, which is unlikely to be screened much around the world and is an unparalleled exploration of the battle between faith and reason in that country; and Anthropocenea master work of beauty and a big screen must.

View the full documentary line-up here or check out some more highlights below. Sydney Film Festival takes place from June 5 – 16 with tickets and flexipasses on sale now.

In My Blood it Runs
A rare insight into the world of 10-year old Dujuan, an Arrernte/Garrwa boy living in Alice Springs who is a child-healer, speaks three languages yet is ‘failing’ in school.

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Buddha in Africa
The poignant story of a Malawian boy raised in a Buddhist orphanage, torn between his motherland and opportunity, as he struggles to retain his cultural identity.

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White Light 
George Gittoes’s (Love City Jalalabad) latest film focuses on South Side Chicago, a suburb with worse gun violence statistics than any active war zone of the last two decades.

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What Will Become of Us
Sir Frank Lowy – Holocaust survivor, Sydneysider and founder of shopping giant Westfield – reflects on his past as he considers his future in retirement.

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Honeyland
Winner of the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at Sundance 2019, Honeyland is a sumptuous, poetic and funny portrait of a female beekeeper in the remote Macedonian countryside.

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Hail Satan?
A thoroughly entertaining, even mischievous, documentary on the new and controversial rise of Satanism in the USA – advocating for religious freedom that mocks the status quo.

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Just Don’t Think I’ll Scream
A haunting, mesmerising ode to lost love composed entirely of hundreds of movie clips, narrated with dreamlike intensity by French filmmaker Frank Beauvais.

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Leftover Women
In China, if you’re a woman, over 27 and still single you are considered ‘leftover’. In this eye-opening film we meet three women on their quest to find a life partner.

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Sea of Shadows
The dramatic battle to save a tiny whale from extinction off the Mexican coast, as greed and corruption stymie environmentalists. Audience Award winner, Sundance 2019.

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One Child Nation
The underreported consequences of China’s One-Child Policy are exposed in this utterly compelling documentary. Grand Jury Prize winner, Sundance 2019.

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