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BBC series from Steve McQueen highlights full Sheffield Doc/Fest lineup

The Sheffield Doc/Fest has unveiled its full lineup for this year’s festival, including 55 world premieres. This year’s edition of the annual UK-based documentary film festival also includes 22 international premieres, ...
May 17, 2021

The Sheffield Doc/Fest has unveiled its full lineup for this year’s festival, including 55 world premieres.

This year’s edition of the annual UK-based documentary film festival also includes 22 international premieres, 15 European premieres and 59 U.K. premieres. On the whole, the festival includes films from 57 countries with 63 languages represented.

Highlighting the 166 entries in the festival’s film program this year is the world premiere of Uprising, a three-part BBC series directed by Steve McQueen (pictured) and James Rogan. The series covers three events in 1981: the New Cross house fire that killed 13 Black teenagers, the Black People’s Day of Action, and the Brixton Riots. It was produced by Rogan Productions, Lammas Park and Turbine Studios.

Also included in the lineup is the European premiere of My Name is Pauli Murray, a U.S. documentary directed by Betsy West and Julie Cohen that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Murray was a Black lawyer and civil rights activist who influenced the work of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Thurgood Marshall.

The 10-day festival runs from June 4 to 13. This year, the Sheffield Doc/Fest will be a hybrid event including in-person screening events, as well as virtual viewing options. The international industry program, including the marketplace, pitches and panels will be held exclusively online this year.

The festival had already previously announced it would open with the European premiere of Summer of Soul (…Or When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised), produced by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, the co-founder of the hip-hop band The Roots. Meanwhile, Mark Cousins’ The Story of Looking will close the festival. The film examines how the way we look at ourselves develops over a lifetime.

The Sheffield Doc/Fest also unveiled the 11 entries into their international competition today (May 17), listed below.

Charm Circle, directed by Nira Burstein and produced by Betsy Laikin (USA); World Premiere.

Double Layered Town/Making a Song to Replace Our Positions, directed and produced by Komori Haruka and Seo Natsumi (Japan); International Premiere.

Equatorial Constellations, directed by Silas Tiny and produced by Rui Alexandre Santos (Portugal); World Premiere.

Factory to the Workers, directed by Srdjan and produced by Sabina (Croatia); World Premiere.

From the 84 Days, directed and produced by Philipp Hartman (Germany/Bolivia); World Premiere.

My Dear Spies, directed by Vladimir Léon and produced by Jean-Marie Gigon (France); UK Premiere.

Nũhũ Yãg Mũ Yõg Hãm: This Land Is Our Land!, directed by Isael Maxakali, Sueli Maxakali, Carolina Canguçu and Roberto Romero, produced by Canguçu and Romero (Brazil); International Premiere.

Rancho, directed and produced by Pedro Speroni, co-produced by Ignacio Sarchi and Mercedes Speroni (Argentina); World Premiere.

Summer, directed by Vadim Kostrov and produced by Gleb Piryatinskiy (Russia); World Premiere.

This Stained Dawn, directed and produced by Anam Abbas (Pakistan); World Premiere.

White on White, directed and produced by Viera Čákanyová, co-produced by Nina Numankadić (Czech Republic, Slovakia); International Premiere.

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