The Sheffield DocFest has unveiled the nine titles — comprising five world premieres and four international premieres — vying for the best film prize in the 2022 edition of its International Competition.
The competition selection, which was chosen from a pool of more than 2,200 submissions, includes the collectively made feature One Day in Ukraine, which screens as part of the cross-program “Password: Palianytsia” initiative in support of Ukraine that the festival announced earlier this month. Two of the selected films, My Name is Andrea and Swing and Sway (pictured), were previous participants in the DocFest’s annual pitching forum MeetMarket, the 2022 edition of which will be held on June 27 and 28.
The titles in the International Competition are below, with loglines supplied by Sheffield DocFest:
After the End of the World (Lebanon) —
Director: Nadim Mishlawi
Set amidst the constantly changing city of Beirut, this rousing film explores the knowledge and history that spaces can hold, and what happens when those spaces disappear.
A Bunch of Amateurs (UK) — World Premiere
Directors: Margareta Szabo, Kim Hopkins
This affectionate tribute to silver screen dreamers details a group of cinephiles and their attempts to save their amateur filmmaking club.
Man on Earth (Australia) — World Premiere
Director: Amiel Courtin-Wilson
In this visceral, intensely intimate film, 65-year-old Bob has decided to end his own life after four years of living with Parkinson’s disease, and surrounds himself with family and friends to say goodbye.
The Melt Goes on Forever: The Art & Times of David Hammons (U.S.) — World Premiere
Directors: Harold Crooks, Judd Tully
A striking portrait of an African American artist who has steadfastly remained an outlier in the art world but whose work is an essential commentary on race in the U.S.
My Name is Andrea (U.S.) —
Director: Pratibha Parmar
Using archival footage and re-enactments, director Pratibha Parmar brings new light to the work of feminist writer and public intellectual Andrea Dworkin.
One Day in Ukraine (Ukraine/Poland) —
Directors: Babylon ’13
Media activist and filmmaking collective Babylon ’13, formed during the Maidan uprisings, focus on the events of March 14, 2022 – the 2,944th day of the Russian-Ukrainian War.
Sansón and Me (Mexico/U.S.) —
Director: Rodrigo Reyes
Rodrigo Reyes reconnects with Sansón, a Mexican migrant sentenced to life in prison, who he met when he was the translator at his trial.
Singing on the Rooftops (Spain) —
Director: Enric Ribes
The life of octogenarian Gilda, a drag queen in Barcelona, changes dramatically overnight when they are asked to take care of an abandoned three-year-old girl.
Swing and Sway (Brazil) —
Directors: Fernanda Pessoa, Chica Barbosa
Two filmmaker girlfriends — one in Brazil, the other in the U.S. — send each other video letters, each inspired by a woman experimental filmmaker, over the course of one tumultuous year of the pandemic.
The full program of the 2022 Sheffield DocFest will be announced on May 31, the same day that public tickets go on sale. Returning to in-person this year, the festival runs from June 23 to 28.