Sheffield DocFest returns for its 29th edition from 23-28 June in Sheffield and online, and features a number of Latin American documentaries under new Head of Programmes, Raul Niño Zambrano.
A colony of German Christians with a charismatic and manipulative leader establishes itself in Chile and becomes instrumental to the dictatorship in the Netflix documentary mini series ‘A Sinister Sect: Colonia Dignidad’.
REVIEW ‘Revolutionary Dreams’: New Film Offers First-hand Account of Repression in Chile During Pinochet’s Dictatorship
José Cifuente’s revolutionary days during the government of Salvador Allende, and what happened after the 1973 Coup d’Etat, are delicately documented in Revolutionary Dreams, a new film by Dan Philips and Malcolm Boorer. Based on Cifuente’s original book:... Read Article
Maria Teresa, and her male partner Montoya, are two officers in Mexico City. Known as the “love patrol” by their workmates, they are both romantic partners and colleagues. A Cop Movie (Una película de policias), Güeros and Museum director Alonso Ruizpalacios’ new work, immerses us... Read Article
Will Huddleston caught up with the directors of Pelé to discuss how they approached making their documentary about Brazil’s legendary footballer. Sounds and Colours: When I imagine Pelé, I picture a FIFA corporate wall around him. How did... Read Article
REVIEW ‘Diego Maradona’ Reveals How Argentina’s Iconic Footballer Inspired Such Devotion Despite His Flaws
Shortly after winning the Copa América in July of this year, Lionel Messi dedicated the victory to friends, family, and 45 million Argentines. But one man deserved special mention: “el Diego”. There was no need for further clarification,... Read Article
Mo Scarpelli’s documentary El Father Plays Himself (2020) is a compelling look at the making of a film set in Venezuela in which the director Jorge Thielen Armand has cast his non-actor father to play the lead role.... Read Article
Director Pedro Speroni spent two years living amongst a group of violent criminals at a Buenos Aires maximum-security prison in order to make his film Rancho. He admitted to being terrified at times – especially when he was... Read Article
The most striking moment of Pelé (David Tryhorn, Ben Nicholas, 2021) is barely in the frame: in the aftermath of the 1970 World Cup Final, as the camera zooms out to capture a mounting pitch invasion, the Italian... Read Article
Angélica Cervera’s documentary If God Were A Woman (Si Dios Fuera Mujer, 2021) follows the story of Laura, a young girl living with her family in Valencia, Colombia, who is three years into her transition journey and is... Read Article
REVIEW New Documentary Takes a Deep Dive into Caetano Veloso’s Imprisonment by Brazil’s Military Dictatorship
Codirected by Ricardo Calil and Renato Terra, who had previously worked together in the documentaries A Night in 67 (2010) and I am Carlos Imperial (2016), the film is a deep dive through Caetano Veloso’s own oral history into his imprisonment from the Brazilian military dictatorship in 1968.
Once upon a time in Venezuela (dir. Anabel Rodríguez Ríos, 2020) was Venezuela’s official selection for the Best Foreign Film category of the 2021 Oscars. The documentary paints a sombre portrait of a sinking nation. Perched on stilts,... Read Article