The overall selection comprises 23 non-fiction entries, 21 of which have made it into the world competition category.
These include: Carles Bosch's Spanish entry Septembers (Septiembres), about a prison song contest; John Fiege's account of Latin American immigrants living in rural Mississippi in Mississippi Chicken; Marco Williams' tale of post-US Civil War racism in Banished; and Asger Leth's expose of Haitian gang violence in Ghosts Of Cite Soleil.
Among the International Panorama documentaries are: JB Rutagarama's Rwandan genocide story Back Home; Bruce Weber's classic tribute to jazz legend Chet Baker in Let's Get Lost; and Marcia Derraik and Simplicio Neto's Brazilian profile of 'gangsta samba' godfather Bezerra da Silva in Straight To The Point.
'We are always compelled by the art of storytelling in the documentary form,' festival director Nicole Guillemet said. 'Non-fiction film-making borrows the same storytelling engines usually reserved for fiction films, but gives their subject matter an extraordinary power by capturing it through reality.'
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