“Monster in the Mind,” “India in a Day” head to Sheffield

Jean Carper's Monster in the Mind (pictured), Per Liebeck's There Will Be Water and Richie Mehta's India in a Day are among the films marking their world premieres at the 23rd annual Sheffield Doc/Fest.
May 5, 2016

Jean Carper’s Monster in the Mind: The Convenient Un-truth about Alzheimer’s (pictured), Per Liebeck’s There Will Be Water and Richie Mehta’s India in a Day are among the films marking their world premieres at the 23rd annual Sheffield Doc/Fest.

Monster in the Mind will feature Carper, who carries the number one gene for Alzheimer’s, as she plays guinea pig for high-tech testing and leading experts to examine the fear and misconceptions around the disease; and Liebeck’s environmental doc There Will Be Water is to focus on a British engineer hoping to turn salt water into an energy source.

Mehta’s Google-backed India in a Day, meanwhile,will share the story of a single day – October 10, 2015 – and capture a range of characters and personal reflections into what it means to live in India today. The film is the country’s largest crowd-sourced documentary to date.

Sheffield Doc/Fest will also feature live talks and debates with masterclasses, keynotes and sessions that include a conversation with Oscar-awarded filmmaker Michael Moore on his latest film, Sheffield opener Where to Invade Next, and a discussion between HBO Documentary Films head Sheila Nevins and BBC commissioner Nick Fraser, set to highlight such breakout hits as the critically acclaimed The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst.

Further panel sessions will include the likes of Tilda Swinton, Ken Loach, D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus, Louis Theroux, Reggie Yates,  as well as Google VR’s principal filmmaker Jessica Brillhart at the Alternate Realities Summit.

In total, the British festival has lined up 160 feature films and doc shorts that will include 27 world premieres, 15 international, 19 European and 52 UK premieres. The festival will also represent projects from across 49 countries, including Mexico, India, Ukraine, Russia, Cuba, China and Peru.

Michael Moore’s Where to Invade Next will be transmitted to 112 theatres nationwide, while Tilda Swinton’s The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger, on the reclusive artist, will close out the festival five nights later.

The Grand Jury selection will screen Brendan Byrne’s Bobby Sands: 66 Days, on the prison hunger strike of the Irish Republican; Brian OakesJim: The James Foley Story, on the war correspondent; Jerry Rothwell’s Sour Grapes, which world premiered at Hot Docs; Shimon Dotan’s The Settlers, which explores the thousands of Jewish settlers living in the middle of the West Bank; Wojciech Staron‘s Brothers, following two nonagenarian siblings returning to their native Poland after 80 years of exile; Ido Haar’s viral music search in Presenting Princess Shaw, which will receive its UK premiere

Also screening in the Grand Jury category are Kirsten Johnson’s Sundance-premiering Cameraperson; Ashish Ghadiali’s The Confession, providing a first-hand account of the rise of modern jihad; Pieter-Jan De Pue’s The Land of the Enlightened, focusing on war-torn Afghanistan; Samira Goetschel’s City 40, which was recently acquired by Israeli distributor Cinephil; and Tatiana Huezo’s Tempested, which spotlights Mexican women caught up in cartel drug wars.

Films selected to screen as part of the international film program include the international premiere of Peter Berg’s Serena, on international tennis star Serena Williams; Academy Award-winner Barbara Kopple‘s Miss Sharon Jones!; Peter Middleton and James Spinney’s Notes on Blindness; Sam Pollard’s Two Trains Runnin’; Tom Fassaert’s A Family Affair; an investigation into the director’s mysterious grandmother; Louis Theroux’s My Scientology Movie; and George Gittoes’ UK premiere of Snow Monkey.

For further information on speakers and the festival’s full lineup, please click here.

This year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest takes place from June 10 to 15.

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