By Yash Thakur. Posted on May 07, 2015Sheffield Doc/Fest, short for Sheffield International Documentary Festival (SIDF) earlier today revealed the line-up of its 2015 edition, which will comprise 150 feature and short documentaries from 35 countries, including 31 world premieres, 13 international, 19 EU, and 40 UK premieres. The festival will open with two films- Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look of Silence (the highly anticipated follow up to The Act of Killing) and Benedikt Erlingsson’s The Greatest Shows on Earth: A Century of Funfairs, Circuses and Carnivals.
In competition for the Grand Jury Prize are 12 titles, among which is also A Sinner In Mecca by Parvez Sharma. The film, which follows the journey of a gay, devout Muslim as he makes a Hajj pilgrimage despite the many potential dangers, will have its EU premiere at the festival. You can check out the full list of films here.
Among it's various competitive sections (including the Student Doc Award, Innovation Award, Green Award etc.), there is also the 'Women In Docs' section, which features 5 documentaries. Leslee Udwin's controversial documentary India's Daughter will be showcased along with Chloe Ruthven's Jungle Sisters. While Jungle Sisters talks about women migrants from rural India in search of work and freedom, India's Daughter broached the subject of a brutal gang rape in Delhi, which ultimately led to it being banned in the country.
Sheffield Doc/Fest will close on June 10 with the European premiere of Monty Python: The Meaning of Live, a behind the scenes look at the seminal comedy troupe’s final performances at the O2 last year. For six days between 5-10th June, the festival will celebrate documentary and factual storytelling in all its forms. From filmmakers who will give Q&As following screenings, to free exhibitions of interactive docs and virtual reality projects, to new artist commissions, live music events and filmmaker masterclasses, one will find plenty to do during the course of the programme. Find all the relevant information on their website, or just visit their Facebook page.