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Sheffield Documentary Film Festival

by Paula Smith
Issue No. 2173

With entries from all over the world, this carnival of film is a must for anyone interested in the power of documentaries to inform and inspire.

The film Sacred Places features Nanema Boubakar. He runs an underground cine club showing bootlegged film in the district of St Leon in Burkina Faso, Africa.

Nanema shows his share of bootlegged Hollywood action films but when he is given the opportunity to screen the Burkinabè film Yaaba, he is delighted.

Despite his enthusiasm the screening doesn’t go quite to plan.

In the The Inheritors, Mexican director Eugenio Polgovsky exposes the ugly reality of child labour.

The hard grind of their lives are opened up to us, without condescension, commentary or captions.

Shot over years on a shoestring budget and masterfully edited, this is a masterpiece of the genre known as cinéma verité.

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Tue 13 Oct 2009, 18:11 BST
Issue No. 2173
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