Following the success of Sheffield Doc/Fest in June 2016, Doc/Fest and Showroom Cinema are pleased to continue their longstanding partnership to bring some of the best of the fest, and a couple of new documentaries, to the Showroom in Sheffield over the Autumn.
In June 2016, Sheffield welcomed a record number of 32,700 audiences from across the UK, as well as filmmakers from 60 countries around the world, to watch films, take in exhibitions, attend talks & sessions, and events at Showroom Cinema and numerous venues across the City.
Starting on 26 September 2016, Doc/Fest and Showroom Cinema will present one 'Best of Doc/Fest' screening a month at Showroom through until the end of the year, each introduced by a member of the Doc/Fest team and some of which will give audiences the chance to meet the makers behind the film.


Q&A Moderation Training at Sheffield Hallam University by Doc/Fest

Sheffield Doc/Fest is proud to be working with Sheffield Hallam University to develop MA Filmmaking students in Q&A moderation, utilising their skills in the Best of Doc/Fest screenings. Senior Doc/Fest staff will develop each student's knowledge and understanding of moderating successful Q&A sessions by giving direct training in the lead up to each screening at the Showroom Cinema.

Students taking part include Maria Chrisá and Edgar Kyebanakolanga, both Postgraduates in Filmmaking.



The Charro of Toluquilla + Skype Q&A with director Jose Villalobos and protagonist Jaime Dominguez

Monday 26 September // 18:00

Q&A Moderation by Maria Chrisá, Postgraduate in Filmmaking
The first of the Best of Doc/Fest series, The Charro of Toluquilla, comes from Mexico. Irreverent and flirtatious, Jaime Dominguez enjoys life on his horse and on the stage as the popular mariachi dancer “Charro de Toluquilla”. But Jaime has some very grown up problems - not least that he is HIV positive, and his devout girlfriend wants to get married to legitimise their daughter. A portrait of Mexico through a complex protagonist, Jose Villalobos’ film shimmers with humanity.
The screening will be followed by a Skype Q&A with the film’s director Jose Villalobos, and protagonist Jaime Dominguez.


SEMBENE! + Q&A with director Samba Gadjigo

Monday 10 October // 18:00

Q&A Moderation by Edgar Kyebanakolanga, Postgraduate in Filmmaking
This feature-length documentary tells the unbelievable true story of the “father of African cinema”, the self-taught novelist and filmmaker who fought, against enormous odds, a monumental, 50-year-long battle to give African stories to Africans. Sembène! is told through the experiences of the man who knew him best, colleague and biographer Samba Gadjigo, using rare archival footage and more than 100 hours of exclusive material.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Samba Gadjigo.


Jim: The James Foley Story

Wednesday 9 November // 18:00
In 2014 American journalist James Foley’s video beheading at the hands of the newly emerged ISIS shocked the world. In this poignant doc made by his childhood friend, Brian Oakes, Foley’s friends, family and colleagues eschew his violent death in order to recall his short but impactful life, and how, having survived being kidnapped in Libya, Foley soon insisted on traveling to Syria, with devastating consequences.

Sour Grapes + Q&A with director Jerry Rothwell

Thursday 8 December // 18:00
In the noughties heyday of the financial boom, the rich turned to collecting vintage wines as a display of wealth. A young, charismatic connoisseur named Rudy Kurniawan appears on the scene, selling some of the finest burgundies. Yet his sources—and his story—were mysteriously unclear. Acclaimed co-directors Jerry Rothwell and Reuben Atlas intersect the very different arts of wine and fraud.

The screening will be preceeded by a free wine tasting, and followed by a Q&A with director Jerry Rothwell.