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June shows stellar line-up of DocHouse events

Hiver NomadeIt’s a great month for documentary lovers in the UK. Not only do we welcome the start of the 20thSheffield Doc/Fest followed by a stellar line-up at Open City, the lovely people at DocHouse also have lots of extras in store for us.

Kicking off the month is Winter Nomads at the Riverside Studios, which screens Thursday 6 June at 8pm. Winner of the European Film Award, this extraordinary documentary shows us a little known aspect of rural Europe as we follow an interestingly staunch couple (Pascal and Carole) leading their three donkeys, four dogs and a flock of 800 sheep across Switzerland from one grazing area to another – a 600km long journey. For more information and tickets click here.

Next up, on Monday 10 June at 7pm at The Frontline club, it is time for One for Ten, a ground-breaking ‘live’ documentary project. The series of films created while travelling down the States tells the stories of the one in ten people that end up on death row but are innocent. The event will be followed by a Q&A with both the film’s directors and the producer who recently returned from the US. The screening is a follow-up from the launch event at the Between the Lines Fest earlier this year.

The story of Zimbabwean human rights lawyer, Beatrice Mtetwa, who has defended peace activists, journalists, opposition candidates, farmers, and ordinary citizens – and was subsequently jailed by the Mugabe government –  is being told at the Lexi Cinema on Wednesday 19 June in the documentary Beatrice Mtetwa and the Rule of Law. Again there will be a chance to fire away your questions to the film’s director.

The IDFA and HotDocs selected Scottish production I am Breathing tells the story of Neil Platt, who battles with motor neurone disease and tries to decide what kind of legacy to leave behind for his one-year-old son. Attending the screening for a Q&A at the Bloomsbury Theatre, Friday 21 June at 6.30pm, will be the film’s co-director and Professor of Neurology and Neurogenetics at King’s College London, Chris Shaw.

Next up on Thursday 27 June at 8pm at the Rich Mix is the brand new documentary Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer. It chronicles the imprisonment of the Russian feminist activists group Pussy Riot, and the way one small act of protest captured a nation’s attention and grew to become an international story of human-rights abuse.

And finally, on 29 June 7pm at the ICA, DocHouse will be presenting one of the hottest documentaries of the year The Act of Killing. Attending will be the film’s director Joshua Oppenheimer who created this In this terrifying but yet inventive documentary with the help of producers Errol Morris and Werner Herzog. In the film, unrepentant former members of Indonesian death squads are challenged to re-enact some of their many murders in the style of the American movies they love.

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Alexandra Zeevalkink is a Dutch-born journalist living in London who founded DocGeeks in August 2011 in order to have a legitimate excuse to watch every documentary under the sun. She freelances for various publications and writes mainly about documentaries and the film production industry. When she is not blogging or watching films, she enjoys theater, photography and reading loads of books. She is always on the look out for potential partnerships with other creative minds.

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