Sheffield Doc/Fest, now planning its 15th edition, has announced several early selections for its 100+ film programme running Nov 5-9.
Sheffield will unveil a new strand of docs about a specific cultural issue, this yer's being Regime Change (tied to the US election). Films set for this initiative are: Mohamed Al-Daradji's War Love God Madness, about the making of an Iraqi film; Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein's Bulletproof Salesman, about a German salesman in Iraq; Caroline Suh's Front Runners about a New York City school class president race; Tony Gerber and Jesse Moss' Full Battle Rattle about urban warfare simulation; and Arto Hanolen's Shadow Of The Holy Book, about a Turkmenistan propaganda book.
The festival will continue its Green, Bent, Anti Doc, Sports and Music strands and add a sex in film strand, Kinky Docs, set to include Klaus Hundsbichler's WorldRevolution.
Doc/Fest, which bills itself as the first totally carbon neutral documentary film festial, has selected Green strand films including Paul Devlin's Blast! andIrena Salina's Flow: For The Love Of Water.
Gay and Lesbian strand Bent will show Gustav Hofer and Luca Ragazzi's personal tale of gay same-sex partners in Italy, Suddenly Last Winter.
Unconventional docs in the Anti Doc strand include Miloslav Novak's Peace With Seals and Mikala Krogh's Everything Is Relative.
The Sport section will feature Isabelle Lavigne and Stephanie Thibault's Junior and two early selections in Music will be Josh Koury's We Are Wizards and Little Lost David.
Mark Cousins has curated the festival's continuing three-year retrospective of Japanese documentary classics. One title already confirmed for this year is Shinsuke Ogawa's Narita: Heta Village, about a 1970s peasants and students protest.