Yãmīhex: The Women-Spirit / Yãmīhex: As Mulheres Espírito

Sueli Maxakali, Isael Maxakali, Brazil / Maxakali / 2019 / 76' / International Premiere

After some months in the Verde village, in Ladainha (Minas Gerais), the yãmiyhex (women-spirit) are getting ready to leave. The filmmakers Sueli and Isael Maxakali record the preparations and the big farewell party. During those festive days, a crowd of spirits cross the village. The yãmiyhex leave but they will always return, missing their fathers and mothers.

A film haunted by a myth, inhabited by the careful construction of rituals and celebration, moved by the force of a spiritual bond with every manifestation of life.

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A Month of Single Frames

A Month of Single Frames

Lynne Sachs, made with and for Barbara Hammer, USA / English / 2019 / 14' / UK Premiere

In 1998, filmmaker Barbara Hammer had a one-month artist residency in the C-Scape Duneshack which is run by the Provincetown Community Compact in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. While there, she shot 16mm film with her Beaulieu camera, recorded sounds with her cassette recorder and kept a journal.
In 2018, Barbara began her own process of dying by revisiting her personal archive. She gave all of her Duneshack images, sounds and writing to filmmaker Lynne Sachs and invited her to make a film with the material.


Click here to watch Lynne Sachs discuss her own evolution as a filmmaker by sharing excerpts from her films, from 1987 to the present, exploring the fraught and bewildering challenge of looking at the human form from behind the lens. (UK audiences only)

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Me and the Cult Leader / Aganai

Atsushi Sakahara, Japan / Japanese / 2020 / 96' / World Premiere

Atsushi Sakahara, a victim of the 1995 sarin gas attack in Tokyo's subway system, travels with Hiroshi Araki, an executive of Aleph (formerly Aum Shinrikyo), the attack's perpetrators, visiting their respective hometowns and the university they both attended. Conversations unfold, building intimacy: we learn why Araki joined the infamous organization led by Shoko Asahara and why, still, Araki remains an executive member of the cult, even though he was not directly involved in any of the crimes. The beginning of a friendship, a trip for redemption, or the confirmation that each human has to go their own way.

Click here to watch a pre-recorded Q&A with Me and the Cult Leader /Aganai director Atsushi Sakahara and Pearl Chan, the International Distribution Manager, moderated by Cíntia Gil, our Festival Director. Watch the film on Doc/Fest Selects

Your Mother's Comfort / Aconchego da tua Mãe

Your Mother's Comfort / Aconchego da tua Mãe

Adam Golub, United States, Brazil / Portuguese / 2020 / 75' / World Premiere

“We transgender are the revolution!” Indianara Siqueira, trans activist and politician, admonishes her political party for ousting her days before the 2018 Brazilian national elections. In the same election cycle extreme-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro is a forerunner for President of the Republic. Indianara is the ‘mother’ at the head of a homeless shelter and community center for trans sex workers called Casa Nem in Rio de Janeiro. Casa Nem is a squat, and facing the threat of eviction, Indianara occupies a colonial palace nearby to bargain with the city to save the house.

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Mother-Child / Niña mamá

Mother-Child / Niña mamá

Andrea Testa, Argentina / Spanish / 2019 / 66' / UK Premiere

Young women are taking medical advice in a public hospital in Argentina. This is the place where pregnant teenage girls have to make a decision, to keep the child or to have an abortion. The hospital gynaecologists and other members of the staff help them, one case at a time. In these intimate and non-judgmental conversations, the young women, fragile and vulnerable, take this precious time to think and talk. The film takes a delicate approach to the status of women.

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