Raindance Line-up: Best Documentary


There are 8 films in competition for the Best Documentary award at Raindance, and the standard is high. All of the films listed have already shown at other film festivals around the world, and so are vying for a prize here in the UK. With the festival kicking off today, we have compiled a list of the contenders with their trailers and synopsis to make it easier for you. The festival runs from 25th Sept -6th Oct.

#1. A2-B-C (Oct 1)

Eighteen months after the nuclear meltdown, children in Fukushima suffer from severe nose bleeds and are developing skin rashes and thyroid cysts. (JAPAN)

#2. Aluna (Sept 28)

In 1990, a BBC1 documentary film brought global attention to the Kogi of Colombia, who were determined to caution us about environmental damage to the earth. Now a documentary team returns. (UK)

#3. Body of God (Oct 6)

Body of God is the first documentary ever to depict the history of modern body modification from its start in the early 1940s until its worldwide breakthrough in the 90s. (FINLAND)

#4. Dance for Me (Sept 26)

A coming of age-story of a vulnerable young male dancer who has left everything behind for a new life in a totally strange family and culture. (DENMARK)

#5. Disrupted (Oct 1)

A powerful documentary, the heart of which is a conversation between 70 year old actress Dona Lilia Ortega and her daughter, Coral Bonelli, a cabaret performer who started her career as a male child actor, Fernando Ortega. (MEXICO)

#6. Fall and Winter (Sept 29)

This stunning documentary takes you on a hypnotic journey to understand the catastrophic environmental transitions now facing humanity. It’s a survival guide for the 21st Century. (USA)

#7. Gangster of Love (Sept 28)

Matchmaker Nediljko Babic helps a Bulgarian single mother find a new husband in Croatia. But a series of comically disastrous dates discloses the true nature of conservative Croatian men. (CROATIA, GERMANY, ROMANIA)


A documentary about a group of homeless kids, who have surviving their drug-addicted childhood, and starting their adult lives. (AUSTRIA)

For more information on all the films listed and to buy tickets, visit the Raindance Film Festival website at raindancefestival.org

Flossie Topping is the former Editor-in-Chief of Critics Associated (2013-2015). She has an MA in Film Theory and an MA in Online Journalism. She has written for Screen International, Grolsch Film Works, Universal Film Magazine, The London Film Review, Best for Film, Next Projection, Metropolitan, Don't Panic and The Ealing Gazette.