Bertha Dochouse is by some distance the best place for documentaries in London (can we say that without hard evidence? Who’s going to stop us?). The dedicated documentary cinema in Bloomsbury is constantly bringing the most exciting, important and brilliant documentaries to the big screen in London. This weekend they have a special programme that picks 6 of the best films from this year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest to show.
Here’s what’s on:
THE CONFESSION + Q&A with Moazzam Begg | FRI 22 JULY – 19:30
Moazzam Begg has witnessed a generation of conflict. Here he tells his extraordinary story, chronicling the rise of modern jihad, its descent into terror, and the disastrous reaction of the West.
CITY 40 | SAT 23 JULY – 16:10
Welcome to “City 40”, where the residents have one of the highest standards of living in Russia – before dying prematurely of radiation poisoning. Secret filming takes us inside the city, which was closed to the outside world for decades.
CAMERAPERSON + Dir. Q&A | SAT 23 JULY – 18:00
American cinematographer Kirsten Johnson has travelled the world working with the greatest doc filmmakers. In this thoroughly engrossing film, she refashions some of her footage into a kaleidoscopic musing on documenting the world.
MY SCIENTOLOGY MOVIE | SAT 23 JULY – 20:45
Following a long fascination with the religion and with much experience dealing with eccentric human behaviour, Louis Theroux delves into the murky world of Scientology.
FLOTEL EUROPA | SUN 24 JULY – 15:00
Vladimir Tomic boarded the Flotel Europa in Copenhagen in the early 1990s, along with 1000 refugees from the former Yugoslavia. Through home movie footage Tomic reflects back on his experience in this timely and unusual coming of age film.
MISS SHARON JONES! | SUN 24 JULY – 17:10
Two-time Academy Award winner Barbara Kopple follows R&B queen Sharon Jones over the course of a turbulent year, as she battles cancer and struggles to hold her band the Dap-Kings together.
A properly fantastic weekend programme with some cool appearances from the filmmakers themselves.
The whole thing takes place at The Curzon in the Brunswick Centre, Bloomsbury. Visit the Doc/Fest website to book your tickets now (and you probably do need to book as some of these are bound to sell out).