March 11, 2015 by Manori Ravindran
Anna Kipervaser’s Cairo in One Breath (pictured) and Sharon Shattuck’s From This Day Forward are among 25 documentaries receiving world and North American premieres at the 18th annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.
The Durham, North Carolina-based event – which runs from April 9 to 12 – has revealed titles from its New Docs Program and Invited Program. All films in the former program are eligible for the Full Frame Audience Award and are shortlisted for a variety of juried prizes, while the latter films screen out of competition.
Within the New Docs program, Kipervaser’s Cairo in One Breath and Shattuck’s From This Day Forward are both to receive world premieres, alongside such docs as Barbara Attie and Janet Goldwater’s BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez, a portrait of the poet and activist; Peter Galison and Robb Moss’ Containment, about the issue of waste disposal at three radioactive sites; and Olympia Stone’s Curious Worlds: The Art & Imagination of David Beck, a study of the artist and sculptor.
Films receiving their North American premieres in New Docs include Filippo Ticozzi’s Chasing the Wind (Inseguire il vento), on an Italian mortician; Alejandro Alonso’s The Farewell (La despedida), about a retired miner; and Suzanne Jansen’s The Last Hour in the Sun (Het laatste uur in de zon), which follows an aspiring pilot.
Meanwhile, the Invited Program sees the world premiere of Ron Davis’ Harry & Snowman, on the relationship between a former plow horse and an equestrian; and the U.S. premiere of Yael Melamede’s (Dis)Honesty – The Truth About Lies, which details personal stories of dishonesty.
“These new films take us places: remote landscapes, hypnotic fairs, and steep climbs. They probe legal cases, unveil artistic processes, and witness turmoil,” said director of programming Sadie Tillery in a statement.
“They bring history to life and encourage us to think deeply about current events, and altogether, they highlight people, the human experience, and allow us to reflect on the world in which we live,” she continued. “It’s a gift that filmmakers share this work with us, and we can’t wait to share it with our audiences in April.”
As previously reported, Full Frame is to honor the films of director Marshall Curry, while Watermark filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal will examine the ethics of representation in documentary in the festival’s annual Thematic Program.
For a complete list of World and North American premieres in the New Docs program, please click here.