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Sheffield Doc/Fest unveils 2011 line-up

The line-up includes 110 films including 79 documentary features.

Sheffield Doc/Fest has announced the line-up for the 18th edition which takes place June 8-12.

The programme will be split into strands - Art, Bent, Green and Music - as well as having a new focus on protest films, with some responding to events in the Middle East.

The programme includes Varon Bonicos’ A Man’s Story, which profiles the life of the fashion designer Ozwald Boateng, who will also be in attendance.

The festival’s music strand will include Michael Rapaport’s Sundance hit Beats Ryymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest and Jeanie Finlay’s Sound It Out, about the last surviving vinyl shop in the North East of England.

Films about the protest movement include Marshall Curry’s If A Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front, David York’s Wiebo’s War and Emily James’ Just Do It, which follows a community of UK envinroment activists. James was at last year’s Doc/Fest raising money for the crowdfunded feature. Meanwhile Middle East doc Zero Silence will focus on the situation of young people in Tunisia, Egypt and Lebanon.

Another crowd funded feature, Adam Wakeling’s Up In Smoke, has also made it into the line up. The film follows a scientist in Cornwall who has found a way to eliminate the agricultural technique slash and burn.

Other highlights include Matthew Bate’s Sundance hit Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure, about two friends who tape-recorded the aggressive arguments of their noisy neighbours, Martin Scorsese’s Letter To Elia, Charles Ferguson’s Oscar winning doc Inside Job and James Marsh’s Project Nim, which will be jointly premiered at Sheffield and Edinburgh.

The festival will include a tribute to veteran film-maker Albert Maysles, who will be in Sheffield to present his films and give a masterclass. Terry Pratchett will also be giving a masterclass on the realities of assisted death.

Doc/Fest opens on June 8 with Morgan Spurlock’s new documentary, POM Wonderful: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold.

“The art form”, says programmer Hussain Currimbhoy “just keeps getting better and better”.

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