Antenna Documentary Film Festival

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Russian president Vladimir Putin is kissed on the cheek by an elderly woman.
Photograph: Supplied Putin's Witnesses

Experience the stories and learn how to tell them across six days of documentary screenings and industry masterclasses

The annual Antenna Documentary Film Festival highlights the most creative, insightful documentaries that have been produced in the last year. For the 8th year of screenings, Sydneysiders can delve into 48 films from 23 different countries over six big days of investigative cinema this October.

The program includes a series of Q&A’s, masterclasses in documentary making, talks by local and international filmmakers and the full-day industry forum at the Museum of Contemporary Art, DocTalk. If your keen to jump into the fact-based storytelling, check out the program schedule to find screening times that don't clash. Be on the lookout for festival highlights like the opening act, Putin’s Witnesses, where the provocative Russian director Vitaly Mansky explores Vladimir Putin’s rise to power and the Russian political machine that won him his seat as president.

Other acclaimed works include Samouni Road, which uses drone footage, live action and scratchboard animation to create a portrait through the years of a family living on edge of Gaza City before, during and after conflict took over. Australian director Gabrielle Brady presents a confronting portrayal of the asylum seeker experience on Christmas Island in Island of the Hungry Ghosts. Then, Aquarela explores the raw beauty and unstoppable power of water in a visually mesmerising piece by renowned filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky.

You can purchase tickets to individual shows, or commit to a week’s worth of edifying entertainment with the five and ten film passes. You’ll be flitting between the Chauvel, Palace Verona Cinemas, Dendy Newtown and the MCA to catch every flick.

By: Olivia Gee

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