Here's how to watch Sheffield Doc/Fest’s new documentary films on big screen and at home

Sheffield’s independent Showroom Cinema will be screening a series of films online and in the cinema as part of a popular festival.

Thursday, 22nd October 2020, 10:36 am
Faith and Branko is one of the films at the Showroom Cinema and available online as part of Sheffield Doc/Fest
Faith and Branko is one of the films at the Showroom Cinema and available online as part of Sheffield Doc/Fest

The Rhyme & Rhythm strand of documentary festival Doc/Fest takes place over the weekend of October 30 to November 1.

Viewers can watch the films in normal screenings at the Paternoster Row venue and also view them online until November 12.

The films celebrate a meeting place for cinema and other art forms such as dance, music, photography and theatre.

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Deputy director Melanie Iredale and associate programmer Agnès Wildenstein say: “Art is also a form of resistance and the majority of the artists featured use their craft to imagine and demand a better world.

“In Bring Down the Walls, the dancefloor becomes a space of liberation for the Black, Latinx and queer community, and in Gracefully, a drag queen continues to dance in defiance of the ban in Iran.

“In Sisters with Transistors, archive is used to tell the remarkable story of electronic music's unsung heroines.

“Finally, Faith and Branko reminds us that despite language and cultural barriers, it is possible to fall in love not just with music but through music.

“A timely reminder that in a climate not only of social distancing, but mass isolation, insularity and segregation, art and culture crosses borders and brings us together.”

Faith and Branko is an intimate story chronicling the relationship between two musicians. In 2011, Faith travels from England to Serbia to learn gypsy accordion. She meets Roma violinist Branko and despite language barriers, they fall in love through music.

The remarkable story of electronic music's unsung heroines, Sisters With Transistors, is narrated by Laurie Anderson. Pioneering composers were inventing the sounds of the future with tape recorders, the first synthesisers and early computers the size of a room.

When electronic music was finally recognised, they were almost forgotten.

All titles will be available on selects.sheffdocfest.com for public audiences across the UK, and on Doc/Player internationally for delegates to the online Doc/Fest event. Details: www.sheffdocfest.com

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