(Image credit: Welcome to a Bright White Limbo by Cara Holmes)

As part of our Autumn programme, films from our Rhyme & Rhythm strand will screen in the cinema in Sheffield and online in parallel from 30 October. 

Rhyme & Rhythm is where cinema and other art forms meet, including performance. Each film offering one artistic expression within another, including through traditional and contemporary dance and theatre. 

In GRACEFULLY, a drag queen continues to dance in defiance of the ban in Iran: in pursuit of happiness, and as an act of resistance; In RÉTROSPECTIVE, celebrated choreographer Jérôme Bel challenges our preconceptions of who can dance and what is dance; In SCHLINGENSIEF – A VOICE THAT SHOOK THE SILENCE, the life and work of the provocative film and theatre maker Christoph Schlingensief can be seen on screen through an impressive treasure trove of archive; In WELCOME TO A BRIGHT WHITE LIMBO, we watch a visceral performance from award-winning dancer Oona Doherty, on the streets of Belfast. 

The Rhyme & Rhythm weekender takes place at The Showroom Cinema in Sheffield Friday 30 October – Sunday 1 November, with all titles screening online in parallel, and available until Thursday 12 November. All titles will be available on Sheffield Doc/Fest Selects for public audiences across the UK, and on Doc/Player for Digital Passholders internationally. 

Select titles from the Rhyme & Rhythm strand, as part of the Sheffield Doc/Fest 2020 official selection include: 

Saturday 31 October

RETROSPECTIVE / Rétrospective + Live online Q&A with director - 20:00

Jérôme Bel, France, 2019, 92’ - UK Premiere

For his twentieth piece, rather than trying to produce something new, the choreographer Jérôme Bel casts a subjective eye over his previous works through a twofold gesture of compilation and liaison of filmed images. Going back through his video archives, he takes out twenty dances from his most significant shows and organizes them among themselves in order to reconstruct the development of his thinking about dance” Through these works, the audience’s preconceptions around who can dance and what is dance is challenged, with a great deal of humour. 

Available to watch online from 31 October - 22:00 until midnight 12 November.

Presented in partnership with Forced Entertainment. 

Sunday 1 November

SCHLINGENSIEF – A VOICE THAT SHOOK THE SILENCE / Schlingensief – In das Schweigen hineinschreien + Pre-recorded producer intro - 14:00

Christoph Schlingensief's provocative films, theatre, performance art, installations, television, operatic and artistic productions shaped the cultural and political discourse in Germany for two decades before his death in 2010 at age forty-nine. This film is the first to attempt to exhaustively document the vast spectrum of this exceptional artist's oeuvre. His love/hate relationship with Germany, his passion, and his limitless energy to create art in so many different forms are brilliantly depicted through the editing of the various rare archives that director Bettina Böhler has assembled.

Available to watch online from 1 November - 16:00 until midnight 12 November.

Sunday 1 November

GRACEFULLY / Khoraman + pre-recorded introduction from the director - 17:00

Arash Eshaghi, Iran, 2019, 62’ - UK Premiere

"I’ve been wishing to dance on the stage for 30-40 years. But everywhere is a stage for the one who wants to dance."

Gracefully offers a tender and moving portrait of an 80-year-old man who in his youth was known for traditional dancing at local ceremonies and celebrations dressed as a woman, and now works as a farmer. Since 1979, dancing publicly is forbidden in Iran, and for women and trans people, particularly sinful. Throughout the film, our protagonist finds discreet opportunities in which to dance: to express his art, in pursuit of happiness, and as an act of resistance.

Screening alongside:


Cara Holmes, Ireland, 2019, 11’ - International Premiere

Combining poetical narration and dance performance, this visually arresting and visceral film dives into the mind and creative process of Oona Doherty’s award-winning dance show ‘Hope Hunt.’ Shot on the streets of a housing estate in Belfast, Oona explores gender expression, class identity and a sense of place, through movement.

Both GRACEFULLY and WELCOME TO A BRIGHT WHITE LIMBO will be available to watch online from 1 November – 19:00 until midnight 12 November.