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Docs Ireland

Docs Ireland is the first industry focused, all Ireland International Documentary Festival. Based in Belfast, the inaugural festival will run from 12th – 16th June 2019.

Docs Ireland: BFI Doc Society Local at Docs Ireland

BFI Doc Society, the delegate partner for the BFI National Lottery funds for UK documentary film, invite new and emerging creative filmmaking talent, established filmmakers and diverse voices to join them at Docs Ireland to explore the landscape for non-fiction film across the UK and Ireland.
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Docs Ireland: Elizabeth Klinck

Elizabeth Klinck’s Research Rights and Clearances workshop “You See It, Let’s Clear It” will delve into the world of archival image research and music rights clearances.
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Docs Ireland: Shorts Competition 4

A selection of short documentaries screened as part of the Docs Ireland Short Documentary Film competition.
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Docs Ireland: Shorts Competition 3

A selection of short documentaries screened as part of the Docs Ireland Short Documentary Film competition.
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Docs Ireland: Shorts Competition 2

A selection of short documentaries screened as part of the Docs Ireland Short Documentary Film competition.
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Docs Ireland: Shorts Competition 1

A selection of short documentaries screened as part of the Docs Ireland Short Documentary Film competition.
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Docs Ireland: Firing Line with William F Buckley: Bernadette Devlin

Decades ago, Television schedules were full of long-form conversations, where a small number of people were able to converse or argue, and complex ideas were allowed to form, full of context; free from soundbites. We wanted to highlight and appreciate this form.
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Docs Ireland: A Sense of Loss

Though the legendary filmmaker Marcel Ophüls is best known for his epic-length investigations into French collaboration during World War II, A Sense of Loss, an incisive inquiry into the Troubles, is every bit as enormous an accomplishment.
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Docs Ireland: Women Make Film + Mark Cousins Talk

For many years, Mark Cousins has been asking film archives around the world about the films they hold that are directed by women.
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Docs Ireland: Mark Cousins Interviewed by Thom Powers/Podcast

Mark and Thom will discuss Mark’s career in filmmaking, curation and his work in Belfast.
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Docs Ireland: Sé mo Laoch - Padraigín Ní Uallacháin

Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin, singer, researcher, poet and composer, was born in 1950 in Co Louth and her early years were spent in Louth, Mayo and Donegal.
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Docs Ireland: Shut Up and Play the Piano

Chilly Gonzales is a Grammy-winning composer, virtuoso pianist and entertainer.
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Docs Ireland: Don Letts In Conversation

Docs Ireland are delighted to welcome Don Letts, award-winning director, to receive the Shell Shock award for outstanding contribution to music documentary and talk about his career in documentary film.
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Docs Ireland: For Sama

For Sama traces the journey of a young woman, Waad al-Kateab, through love, marriage and motherhood across five years of the revolution in Aleppo, Syria.
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Docs Ireland: Present. Perfect (Wan Mei Jin Xing Shi)

This insightful found-footage documentary sheds light on the live-streaming scene in China, which has become hugely popular and an industry worth billions. In 2017, more than 422 million people regularly shared streamed films in China.
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Docs Ireland: Each and Every Moment (De Chaque Instant)

After a suffering a life-threatening embolism, celebrated documentarian Nicolas Philibert found himself under the care of nurses and other health professionals.
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Docs Ireland: The Trial (O Processo)

In August 2016, Dilma Rousseff, Brazil’s first female president, was impeached and removed from office by the senate, after a series of corruption scandals and allegations of nepotism.
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Docs Ireland: Seahorse

Freddy is 30 and yearns to start a family but for him this ordinary desire comes with unique challenges. He is a gay transgender man. This is the story of the dad who gave birth.
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Docs Ireland: Hale County This Morning, This Evening

This film by RaMell Ross is a beautifully realised poetic and empathetic study of African American lives that expands the frame of documentary cinema.
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Docs Ireland: Island

The process of dying is captured in this percipient film, shot over the course of 12 months on the Isle of Wight.
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Docs Ireland: One Child Nation

After becoming a mother, a filmmaker uncovers the untold history of China’s one-child policy and the generations of parents and children forever shaped by it.
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Docs Ireland: Rubaru Roshni

Aamir Khan’s Rubaru Roshni features stories of forgiveness that leave a lasting impact. Three families, who lost their loved ones to the hands of another human, open up on their ordeal.
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Docs Ireland: The Inventor: Out For Blood in Silicon Valley

Academy Award winner Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, HBO's Emmy-winning Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief) directs a documentary investigating the rise and fall of Theranos, the one-time multibillion-dollar healthcare company founded by Elizabeth Holmes.
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Docs Ireland: Romantic Comedy

The problematic underpinnings of the romantic comedy genre are highlighted in this funny and perceptive personal film journey.
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Docs Ireland: The Panama Papers

A documentary feature film about the biggest global corruption scandal in history, and the hundreds of journalists who risked their lives to break the story.
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Docs Ireland: 24 Frames

Originally developed as a challenge to himself to bridge his two most celebrated media, photography and film, Kiarostami has created a filmic dialogue between the two passions of his creative life. 
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Docs Ireland: 2040

2040 is an innovative and optimistic feature documentary that looks to the future, but is also vitally important now. Award-winning director Damon Gameau embarks on journey to explore what the future would look like by the year 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet and shifted them into the mainstream.
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Docs Ireland: The Silence of Others (El Silencio de Otros)

The Silence of Others reveals the epic struggle of victims of Spain’s 40-year dictatorship under General Franco, who continue to seek justice to this day.
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Docs Ireland: The Pain of Others

Using a compilation of clips filmed and posted by the protagonists themselves, Penny Lane explores the misunderstood online community of Morgellons sufferers.
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Docs Ireland: Meeting Gorbachev

Werner Herzog and André Singer’s riveting documentary, filled with unforgettable archive materials and based on three long interviews, provides incredible access to, arguably, the world’s greatest living politician.
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Docs Ireland: What is Democracy?

Coming at a moment of profound political and social crisis, What Is Democracy? reflects on a word we too often take for granted.
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Docs Ireland: Hail Satan?

Chronicling the extraordinary rise of one of the most colourful and controversial religious movements in American history, Hail Satan? is an inspiring and entertaining new feature documentary from acclaimed director Penny Lane (Nuts!, Our Nixon).
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Docs Ireland: Lovers of the Night

A fragile community of seven Cistercian Irish monks try to keep their monastery going with a lot of heart and humour.
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Docs Ireland: Máirín de Búrca: A Loner's Instinct

A profile of the 80-year-old feminist and activist, from her childhood in Chicago and her involvement in Sinn Féin to her founding of the Irish Women’s Liberation Movement. De Burca has been jailed (for her anti-Vietnam War activities) and fined (for her attacks on Richard Nixon’s car during a visit to Ireland in 1970).
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Docs Ireland: Losing Alaska

Sitting atop a melting permafrost and battered by coastal erosion, Newtok, Alaska is set to be the first American town lost to climate change.
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Docs Ireland: Memory Room & Floating Structure

Feargal Ward (filmmaker) and Adrian Duncan (writer/artist) screen 2 films from their most recent collaboration. Interested in the documentary hybrid form and its presentation in both international film festival and contemporary art contexts, these works showcase their emerging aesthetic in both short and long formats.
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Docs Ireland: Bojayá: Caught in the Crossfire

2008. When The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) launched a homemade mortar onto a church in Bojayá, many were hiding from crossfire between the left-wing FARC and right-wing paramilitaries. Leyner Palacios survived, but 28 of his family members did not. The Bojayá massacre was one of the worst atrocities in Colombia’s 50 year-long conflict.
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Docs Ireland: A Dog Called Money

As imaginative as the creative process it documents, A Dog Called Money is a uniquely intimate journey through the inspiration, writing and recording of a PJ Harvey record.
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Heart on the Line + John T Davis Live

QFT presents a screening of John T Davis' classic Nashville documentary, followed by a performance from John T Davis with Colin Henry. A special event as part of Nashville in Belfast and Docs Ireland.
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