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BFI London Film Festival announces documentaries in competition

Still from documentary TeenageEvery year the BFI London Film Festival (LFF) recognises documentary films with integrity, originality, and social or cultural significance and rewards the best one with the acclaimed Grierson Award. This year the festival has announced the following documentaries as being in the running for the prestigious prize.

Aatsinki: the Story of Arctic Cowboys

An evocative and frank exploration of the diversity and joys of the lives of reindeer herders in the frozen forests of the Arctic wilderness.

The Armstrong Lie

Award-winning documentarist Alex Gibney’s film, shooting as Lance Armstrong’s doping scandal broke, offers a complex picture of a sporting enigma.

At Berkeley

Frederick Wiseman’s immersive institutional documentary boasts extraordinary access in its classy portrait of an iconic University in flux.

Cutie and the Boxer

Art-scene egos and a decades-old love story collide in Zachary Heinzerling’s touching documentary framing an artist couple’s first joint exhibition.

Here Be Dragons

Filmmaker and critic Mark Cousins turns explorer as his voyage to Albania takes him under the skin of the country’s fragile cinematic culture.

La Maison de la radio

A humane, exhilarating portrait of Radio France from the inside, airing a dawn-to-dusk vision of the station with affection and philosophical depth.


After the drama of Zero Dark Thirty, Greg Barker’s investigative doc meets the real CIA operatives who tracked Osama Bin Laden for twenty years.

The Missing Picture

A visually astonishing, harrowing account of Pol Pot’s Cambodia using miniature clay figures and archive footage to explore memory and trauma.

My Fathers, My Mother and Me

Paul-Julien Robert’s quietly devastating documentary revisits the former residents of the experimental 1970s free-love commune in which he grew up.


Vitaly Mansky’s compelling documentary follows the course of the Trans-Siberian gas pipeline through perceptive scenes from everyday life.

Teenage (see photo)

Matt Wolf’s prehistory of the Teenager is a sharp, archive-rich take on youth from the early 20th century to its ‘official’ invention in the 1940s.

Ukraine is Not a Brothel

Four years in the making, Kitty Green’s film on the Ukrainian female activists of Femen is an intimate look at a movement fighting for its identity.

To find out more about the documentary films screening at the London Film Festival please check out the BFI LFF website or check back here in the coming weeks for regular LFF reviews, interviews and news updates.


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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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