Raindance Line-up: Best Documentary Feature


With the Raindance film festival now less than a week away, the time has come to finalise which films you’re going to see. One of the spots to look out for is, without doubt, the competition sections and the documentary section, bustling with UK Premieres, European Premieres and award winners. Here is a preview of the six hopefuls vying for the title of Best Documentary this year :

#1. The Horses of Fukushima (Yojyu Matsubayashi)

Using very little in the way of narration, but very expressive imagery, this documentary follows the plight of wild horses near Fukushima after the accident of 2011.

#2. A People Without a Land (Eliyahu Ungar-Sargon)

How much does the average person really know about the conflict between Israel and Palestine? Very little, if this insightful film is anything to go by. We follow the residents from both sides of the war to get the inside story.

#3. The Supreme Price (Joanna Lipper) 

“Any society that is silencing women has no future.” Joanna Lipper’s profoundly moving and thought-provoking documentary traces the pro-democracy movement since Nigeria’s liberation; a tale fraught with political corruption, religious differences and most importantly, gender divisions.

#4. The Art of Disappearing (Bartek Konopka)

Through a startling mix of real and fictitious footage we learn about voodoo priest Amon Frémon who visited Poland in 1980, and through his eyes we get an alternative perspective on Poland and communist life.

#5. Days of Hope (Ditte Haarløv Johnsen)

A close look at the shocking struggles of illegal immigrants travelling across the Mediterranean, from Africa to Europe. For those who survive the dangers of the trip to Europe, a new struggle begins as the immigrants must balance their lives in the shadow economy and compete fiercely to carve out the life they were hoping to live.

#6. Kung-Fu Elliot (Matthew Bauckman, Jaret Belliveau)

China has Bruce Lee. America has Chuck Norris. Could Elliot ‘White Lightning’ Scott be Canada’s first action hero? We follow the endeavours of this rather extraordinary filmmaker as he tries to resurrect the ‘70s action movie.

For more information on the films and how to book tickets, visit the Raindance Film Festival website here.

A native of Istanbul, Turkey, Sedef moved to London three years ago to get her MA in Film Studies and never quite got round to going back home. As she once worked in a DVD company and watched films for a living, she started a personal blog (essiespeaks.blogspot.com) as a short answer to being constantly asked “watched anything interesting recently?” and loved blogging so much she just kept typing . She is the biggest Tarantino fan she knows and would be unable to choose a single film of his as a favourite.