BritDoc, the Oxford-based documentary festival now hosting its third-annual event, has announced this year's competition films.
The British Competition will include:
- Blood Trail - dir. Richard Parry
A young war photographer ventures to Sarajevo in 1993 and tries to make a name for himself.
- Chosen - dir. Brian Woods
Middle class men reflect on their sexual abuse in British schools 30 years ago.
- Day After Peace - dir. Jeremy Gilley
Trying to silence the cynics to prove that the new UN-sanctified Peace Day can save lives.
- Heavy Load - dir. Jerry Rothwell
A film-maker meets a unique band with learning difficulties.
- Life After the Fall - dir. Kasim Abid
An exile returns to modern-day Iraq.
- Man on Wire - dir. James Marsh
Philippe Petit reflects on his infamous 1974 highwire walk between New York's Twin Towers.
- Starstruck aka Son of Eurovision - dir. Jamie J Johnson
Follows the 2007 Junior Eurovision contestants.
- The End - dir. Nicola Collins
A daughter's look at her father and his gangster friends growing up in London's East End.
- Thriller in Manilla - dir. John Dower
About Joe Frazier's 1975 fight with Muhammed Ali in Manila.
- Young@Heart - dir. Stephen Walker
About a choir of senior citizens.
This year's international selections are, instead of an international competition, a Best Of Fests section from Sundance, IDFA, Berlin, Toronto and SXSW.
Those selections are:
- Trouble the Water - dir. Tia Lessin & Carl Deal (Sundance)
New Orleans residents try to survive Hurricane Katrina.
- Up the Yangtze - dir. Yung Chang (IDFA)
About modernisation with the Three Gorges Dam project.
- Heavy Metal in Baghdad - dir. Eddy Moretti & Suroosh Alvi (Berlinale)
A young band beats the odds in Iraq.
- Obscene - dirs. Daniel O'Connor and Neil Orgenberg (Toronto)
About anti-censorship crusader Barney Rosset.
- At the Death House Door - dirs. Steve James and Peter Gilbert (SXSW)
About death row minister Carroll Pickett.
The Fourdocs British Short Doc Competition includes:
- The Solitary Life Of Cranes - dir: Eva Weber
- My Name Is Karl - dir: Moritz Siebert
- Made in Queens - dir: Nicolas Randall
- Valley of the Goats - dir: Leon Dean
- Sanctuary - dir. Lovejit K. Dhaliwal
This year's festival has themes of Comedy - with The Yes Men screening a work-in-progress - and Music, with The Shine Synchro System providing a live soundtrack to Robert Flaherty's classic Nanook Of The North.
Britdoc runs July 23-25. For more information visit www.britdoc.org.uk.