Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019 selection

Now in its 26th year, Sheffield Doc/Fest is the UK’s premier documentary film festival, screening compelling stories from across the world.
Under the tagline “Ways of Seeing” the festival prides itself in diversity, with over 50% of titles in the Film programme made by women, championing new and emerging voices and reflecting global events.

Taking place in Sheffield June 6th – 11th 2019, the festival brings the world to Sheffield and shows Sheffield to the world.
Here’s our selection of 12 films to see from the over 180 features you can catch at this year’s festival.


Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin
European Premiere

Nomad In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin

The latest feature from renowned filmmaker Werner Herzog, sees the director set out on his own journey inspired by Bruce Chatwin’s passion for the nomadic life, carrying the rucksack the British writer and adventurer took on all of his travels around the world.

This premiere screening will be followed by a conversation with director Werner Herzog.

Info and tickets available here:


The Rest
UK Premiere

The Rest is a film about refugees who fled war and persecution and arrived in Europe, the world’s bastion of human rights, yet have not found the safe havens of their dreams.
Instead, they now live in limbo, unable to move forward with their lives.

This premiere screening will be followed by a conversation with artist/director Ai Weiwei.

Info and tickets available here:


UK Premiere
Doc/Fest International Award nominee

Several billion tons of earth are moved annually by humans – with shovels, excavators or dynamite.
Director Nikolaus Geyrhalter observes people, in mines, quarries and at large construction sites, engaged in a constant struggle to take possession of the planet.

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Midnight Family
UK Premiere
Doc/Fest Grand Jury Award nominee


Public ambulances are scarce in Mexico City.
A father and his sons spend almost every night operating their private ambulance, listening for emergency signals, up against corrupt police and competing rescue squads.
Under the lurid city lights, they race other vehicles to the scene, with the aim of delivering casualties to private hospitals – regardless of proximity, having their priorities as first responders compromised due to financial pressures.

Info and tickets available here:


UK Premiere

Housing prices are skyrocketing in cities around the world. Incomes are not.
PUSH sheds light on a new kind of faceless landlord, our increasingly unliveable cities and an escalating crisis that has an effect on us all. This is not gentrification, it’s a different kind of monster.

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War of Art
UK Premiere

War of Art - Still 2

While the world is on the verge of nuclear war, a group of Western contemporary artists are invited into the eye of the storm – North Korea.
This cast of colourful characters invades the notoriously clandestine and bleak country and while they arrive in pursuit of a peaceful cultural exchange, their project may well turn into a War of Art.

Info and tickets available here:


On The President’s Orders
UK Premiere

Shot in the style of a thriller, this observational film combines the look and feel of a narrative feature film with a real-life journalistic investigation into a campaign of killings.

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Los Reyes
UK Premiere
Doc/Fest Youth Jury Award nominee

The Los Reyes skatepark in Santiago de Chile is home to Chola and Football, two dogs who keep a bemused eye on the park’s goings on, even when dozing.
In this creative observational documentary we see the park through their perspective – hearing the voices of the teenagers smoking joints, and sharing stories of their run ins with the powers that be.

Info and tickets available here:


The Sound Is Innocent
UK Premiere

First time director Johana Ožvold’s creative approach to telling the story of electronic music matches the playfulness of the genre itself, where programmers become poets, and experiments rule the day.
As Ozvold roams a darkly lit sci-fi lab packed with screens, archive and interviews spring to life, telling of the colourful past and promising future of the form.

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Romantic Comedy
UK Premiere
Doc/Fest Youth Jury Award nominee

Having devoured romcoms as a young teen into womanhood, they have played a leading role in the formation of director Elizabeth Sankey’s identity, and fantasies of love.
How does Hollywood dictate what love looks like and who deserves it?
In this vibrant essay film, Sankey considers the rules of the game and how the formula has transformed over time.

Info and tickets available here:


European Premiere

Miramax Boss
Courtesy of Sundance Institute

The inside story of the meteoric rise and shocking fall of movie titan Harvey Weinstein, Untouchable reveals how Weinstein acquired and deployed his formidable power over decades, exploring both the method and the collateral damage of his alleged abuses.
A haunting parable for our times, the film is also a beacon call for future generations.

This premiere screening will be followed by a conversation with filmmaker Ursula Macfarlane and guests.

Info and tickets available here:


Opening Night Film: Diego Maradona

The opening night film for Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019 will be the UK premiere of Diego Maradona, a revealing and immersive work of archival craft.

Having never won a major tournament, SSC Napoli had always underachieved – but when Diego Maradona arrived in 1984, all hell broke loose.
In a city where the devil would have needed bodyguards, Maradona became bigger than God himself.
This is the wild and unforgettable story of a God-given talent, glory, despair and betrayal, of corruption and ultimately redemption.

This premiere screening will be followed by a conversation with director Asif Kapadia – whose previous work includes the BAFTA winning documentary Senna.

Info and tickets available here:



See the full programme for Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019 here:


Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019 trailer –



Supported by Wellcome, the From Door to Doc access initiative returns for 2019, which aims to break down the barriers to entry for those living in areas of Sheffield City Region which rarely engage in the arts, by offering a suite of activity & return travel to the festival for only £1




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