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SHEFFIELD DOC/FEST presents ALTERNATE REALITIES at Latitude Festival 2017
We like to get out and about with our programme over the summer, and are thrilled to be returning to Latitude Festival 13-16 July 20-17 

At the Music and Film Arena on Friday and Saturday, try two different virtual reality projects each day from across the globe. Reach for a headset and bravely step into new worlds, where interaction and immersion make you a part of the story. Both sessions will have short films from our 2017 programme on the big screen, so you can go immersive, or just watch some great short docs.

FRIDAY 14 JULY - 12:00-13:30

Munduruku: The Fight to Defend the Heart of the Amazon
Creators: Grace Boyle, James Manisty
UK, Brazil / 2017 / 5 minutes
Age Recommendation: 13+
Winner of the 2017 Sheffield Doc/Fest Alternate Realities Audience Award. Combining cutting edge virtual reality filmmaking and multi-sensory storytelling, immerse yourself in the lives and struggle of the Munduruku indigenous people deep in the heart of the Amazon rainforest. 

Step to the Line

Creator: Ricardo Laganaro
USA, Brazil / 2017 / 11 minutes
Age Recommendation: 13+
Shot entirely on location in maximum security prisons, Step to the Line aims to provoke a transformation in the spectator’s eyes about prisoners, the prison system, and even themselves. 


SATURDAY 15 JULY 11:30-12:45

Easter Rising: Voice of a Rebel
Easter Rising

Creator: Oscar Raby
UK, Australia / 2016 / 12 minutes
Age recommendation: 13+
Step into one man’s memories, into a moment that changed Irish history forever – the 1916 Easter Rising.

Spirit Robot
Spirit Robot

Creator: Jonathan Dotse
Ghana / 2017 / 9 minutes
Age Recommendation: 13+
Spirit Robot captures the dynamism and ambition of the Chale Wote Street Art Festival in Accra. The festival is driving an art renaissance in the city’s public spaces.

Sheffield Doc/Fest Short Film Programme


Friday 14 July

Richard Twice (Matthew Salton) 10 minutes
In 1968, at age 19, Richard Atkins wrote and recorded the psychedelic folk album ‘Richard Twice’. Recorded at Mercury Records with the Wrecking Crew, famed studio musicians (The Beach Boys, The Monkees) of the 1960s, the album was released and quickly forgotten with Richard disappearing from music and recording entirely. Fifty years later, the album ‘Richard Twice’ is now a cult favorite. 

Bayard and Me (Matt Wolf) 16 minutes
Bayard Rustin was the organizer of the March on Washington and one of the leaders of the civil rights movement. In the 1980s Bayard adopted his younger boyfriend Walter Naegle to obtain the legal protections of marriage. 


Saturday 15 July

Tough (Jennifer Zheng) 5 minutes
New light is shed on childhood cultural misunderstandings when a Chinese mother and her British born daughter speak as adults for the first time.

Tower XYZ (Ayo Akingbade) 3 minutes
In this poetic meditation on notions of ghetto life and dreams of the future, three girls meander through London.

Balloonfest (Nathan Truesdell) 6 minutes
Mid-1980s Cleveland is excitedly gearing up for an event that will showcase the city: releasing 1.5 million balloons into the air. What could go wrong?

See the full Latitude programme which also includes screenings of Doc/Fest 2017 hits Queerama and Whitney 'Can I Be Me'.