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World’s Best Documentaries.

Documentary films are a powerful way of creating positive change and are relatively low-cost compared to features. They are ideal for screening on TV channels, through theatrical release and via social media. They, therefore, fit the BOFA programme perfectly.

In 2013 our creative team has sourced the world’s best documentaries and factual screen productions from:

  • a review of the best film festivals nationally and internationally
  • liaison with various documentary film organisations
  • productions offered by film-makers contacting BOFA directly via owentilbury at bofa.com.au

Typically one of the best BOFA short films from the competitions Prizes and Awards and from our searches, will be screened before each documentary.

See the full programme at Festival Program

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I saw the best new films I have seen all year, including Mitzi Goldman’s documentary, A Common Purpose. I had not realised what a great opportunity BOFA is for Tasmania filmmakers to meet nationally important filmmakers. Usually one has to travel interstate to get that sort of interaction. I will definitely put BOFA on my calendar to come again – hopefully to show one of my own films next time.

- Heidi Douglas, Tasmanian film maker

Friday November 8

FRIENDS FOR FREE

Crash Reel

USA – Director Lucy Walker

THE ANNEXE. 9.00pm

“Thrilling and compelling…”
Hollywood Reporter

How much risk is too much? This extraordinary and multi award-winning documentary follows the life of champion US snowboarder Kevin Pearce who suffered brain injury in a snowboarding accident before the 2010 Olympics. His family nurses him back to health but he wants to resume the sport he loves, despite medical warnings. Spectacular sports footage in an uplifting film about fate’s twists and turns. A comeback story with a difference

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Saturday November 9

FRIENDS FOR FREE

Pussy Riot

UK/Russian Federation – Directors Mike Lerner, Maxim Pozdorovkin

TRAMSHEDS THEATRE. 10.00am-12.00

“Absorbing documentary of punk and power”
Adelaide Film Festival

This stirring feature documentary explores how the members of feminist punk protest band Pussy Riot were imprisoned after an impromptu gig in a Moscow Cathedral. The film follows the trial of the band members,and provides a chilling and sometimes comic insight into the Kafka-esque Russian legal system while exposing the deep fissures in President Putin’s society.

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A River Changes Course

Cambodia – Director Kalyanee Mam

QVMAG THEATRE. 12.00-1.45pm

Winner Grand Jury Prize, Sundance and Atlanta Film Festivals
“a journey that will leave you breathless, impassioned”

MovieLine

A River Changes Course tells the story of three families living in contemporary Cambodia as they face hard choices forced by rapid development and struggle to maintain their traditional ways of life as the modern world closes around them.

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Show Me The Magic

Australia – Director Cathy Henkel, producer Trish Lake

TRAMSHEDS THEATRE. 12.30pm-2.00pm
Followed by Q & A with producer Trish Lake

“every bit as charming and forthright as the man himself”
SBS

Show Me The Magic takes us on an enthralling journey into the life and 40 year career of legendary Australian cinematographer Don McAlpine (Breaker Morant, Moulin Rouge, Wolverine), weaving together footage from Don’s personal archive, his films, and interviews with great filmmakers. A must see for anyone who has ever been touched by the magic of movies.

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I Am a Girl

Australia – Director Rebecca Barry

ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN. 1.45pm-3.45pm
Followed by Q & A

“every bit as charming and forthright as the man himself”
SBS

As a day on earth transpires, we meet Manu, Kimsey, Aziza, Habiba, Breani and Katie – each on the brink of womanhood and dealing with the realities of what it means to grow up female in their world today. As they come of age in the way their culture dictates, we see remarkable heart-warming stories of resilience, bravery and humour.

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The Moo Man

UK – Directors Andy Heathcote, Heike Bachelier

QVMAG THEATRE. 2.15pm-4.30pm
Followed by Q & A

“puts a human, articulate face on the vexing subject of food production.”
Guardian

Stephen Hook is a British dairy farmer selling “raw” milk who has managed to make his family farm pay, proving that a great product can survive even in a crowded marketplace. An elegy for the British family farm, being forced out of business, largely by supermarkets

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Then the Wind Changed

Australia – Director Celeste Geer

ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN. 2.45pm-4.15pm

“Winner Best Documentary – 2012 Walkley Awards”

In 2009, Australia suffered its worst natural disaster as a firestorm of cyclonic fury swept across Victoria and 173 lives were lost. The film documents the extraordinary spectrum of human responses to the firestorm that swept through the tiny hamlet of Strethewen. It is a story of heartbreak and love, redemption and resilience.

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More Than Honey

Austria/Germany – Director Markus Imhoof

ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN. 4.30pm-6.30pm
Followed by Q & A

The world’s bee population is sharply declining, and without bees, at least one third of human food production would be lost. Extraordinary cinematography takes us inside the hives of honeybees – they are indeed amazing creatures.

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Sunday November 10

FRIENDS FOR FREE

Pandora’s Promise

USA – Director Robert Stone

THE ANNEXE. 9.30am-12.00

“Whatever your stance, Stone’s compelling film opens Pandora’s box and promises to change the conversation for years to come”
Sundance Film Festival

The atomic bomb and meltdowns like Fukushima have made nuclear power synonymous with global disaster. But what if we’ve got nuclear power wrong? An audience favorite at the Sundance Film Festival, Pandora’s Promise asks whether the one technology we fear most could save our planet from a climate catastrophe, while providing the energy needed to lift billions of people in the developing world out of poverty.

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The Human Scale(

Denmark – Director Andreas M. Dalsgaard

QVMAG THEATRE. 10am-11.45am

“thoughtful and compelling”
DOXA – Documentary Film Festival

Danish architect Jan Gehl preaches a break with the modernist mantra of cars, freeways and high-rise development in favour of cities based around people. From China to Copenhagen, from the laneway culture of Melbourne to the problem of rebuilding Christchurch, this film seeks to foster debate on the ways that cities can be rethought to provide the framework for better lives.

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REPEAT SCREENING

Show Me The Magic

Australia – Director Cathy Henkel, producer Trish Lake

ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN THEATRE. 11.45am-1.30pm
Followed by Q & A with producer Trish Lake

“every bit as charming and forthright as the man himself”
SBS

Show Me The Magic takes us on an enthralling journey into the life and 40 year career of legendary Australian cinematographer Don McAlpine (Breaker Morant, Moulin Rouge, Wolverine), weaving together footage from Don’s personal archive, his films, and interviews with great filmmakers. A must see for anyone who has ever been touched by the magic of movies.

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Revolution

USA – Director Rob Stewart

QVMAG THEATRE. 12.00-1.45pm

“Revolution is a movie that is going to make a difference!”
Tribune

Revolution is a film about changing the world. To find the secret to saving the ecosystems we depend on for survival, documentary film maker Rob Stewart embarks on a life-threatening adventure around the world looking at the failing health of our oceans. Startling, beautiful, and provocative, with spectacular underwater footage, Revolution will inspire audiences from across the globe to start a revolution and change the world forever.

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Salma

UK/India – Director Kim Longinotto

ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN THEATRE. 1.45pm-3.45pm
Followed by Q & A

“a beautiful and tragic film”
Huffington Post
“premiered to a standing ovation”
Sundance Film Festival

When Salma, a young Muslim girl in a south Indian village, was 13 years old, her family locked her up for 25 years, forbidding her to study and forcing her into marriage. During that time she began covertly composing poems on scraps of paper, eventually getting them into the hands of a publisher. Against the odds, Salma became the most famous Tamil poet: the first step to challenging the traditions and code of conduct in her village.

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Mary meets Mohammad

Australia – Director Heather Kirkpatrick

THE ANNEXE. 2.15pm-4.15pm
Followed by a Q & A with director Heather Kirkpatrick

“Miss this… and you are mad. So evocative, so powerful, so utterly,
fully, human. It’s a stunner”

Lindsay Tuffin- Tasmanian Times

This extraordinary doco looks at Tasmania’s first detention centre through the eyes of local Christian woman and knitting club member Mary and Muslim Afghan Hazara asylum seeker Mohammad, who is detained inside the centre – as they connect through the gift of a knitted beanie. Mary is strongly opposed to the Muslim asylum seekers, but begins to shed those beliefs as a close relationship develops between Mohammad and Mary.

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Paul Kelly – Stories of Me

Australia – Director Ian Darling

THE ANNEXE. 4.30pm-6.15pm

“this insightful documentary paints a vivid picture of an endlessly curious musician”
Urban Cinephile

The film charts the many lives, loves and losses of Paul Kelly, for 40 years one of Australia’s most gifted singersongwriters. Paul Kelly has lived through failure and he has the songs to show for it. Although a very private person in a public career, STORIES OF ME digs deeply into what makes Paul Kelly tick, revealing the man and his music for the first time. And the poet who lurks inside all of us.

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