News 09 MAY 2019

Two Belgian documentaries at Sheffield Doc/Fest

Thursday May 9, Sheffield Doc/Fest has revealed its official selection. For this new edition of the festival, Another Paradise and That which does not kill will be screened.

Another Paradise, documentary directed by Olivier Magis and produced by Clin d’Oeil Films, will be presented. 

Synopsis : Fifty years ago, the entire Creole population of the Chagos Islands was expelled by the British authorities. This secret operation took place to facilitate the leasing of the main island, Diego Garcia, to the US government so that it could build one of its largest and most secretive military bases overseas.

As the military lease is about to expire, Chagossian exiles are attempting to recover their home in the middle of the Indian Ocean from Great Britain. The charismatic woman leading their fight in the UK is Sabrina Jean. Through unrelenting activism, including the exile community’s improbable participation in the World Football Cup for Stateless People, she strives to keep the flame of hope alive in her community with one single goal: to return home. But as the elders disappear and memory fades, time is running out.

In co-production with Haut Les Mains Productions, CAVIAR, Playtime Films, WIP – Wallonie Image Production, RTBF Télévision Belge – Unité documentaire, CANVAS, France Télévisions, Lyon Capitale TV. With the support of the Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel of Wallonia Brussels Federation, Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government, Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée, Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Europe Creative MEDIA programme, Scam, Yle Finnish Broadcasting Company.

Another Belgian French-speaking documentary selected at Sheffield and already awarded with the Prix du Jury Région de Nyon, That which does not kill directed by Alexe Poukine and produced by CVB.

Synopsis : Ada is 19. A man she knows invites her to dinner and she accepts. Everything goes so quickly. She doesn’t defend herself. Her genitals get torn, her mind is scattered. In spite or because of that, she goes back twice to confront this man. Her story intertwines with others, each one different, yet all the same – a nasty, insane and commonplace story.

In co-production with Alter Ego Production, CBA (Centre de l’Audiovisuel à Bruxelles), Take Five, RTBF Télévision belge - Unité Documentaire. With the support of the Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, the Centre National de la Cinématographie et de l’image animée, PROCIREP - Société des Producteurs & ANGOA, the Ciclic-Région Centre-Val de Loire company programme, Bip TV and Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government.

Sheffield Doc/Fest is a world leading festival celebrating the art and business of documentary and non-fiction storytelling across all forms. Each year the festival welcomes over 25,000 festival goers, including around 3,500 industry delegates from 55 countries. Doc/Fest is a creative space for discovery, debate, collaboration and inspiration. It pushes forward new talent, ideas and interaction for the future of the industry. This year, it will take place June 6-11.