London International Documentary Festival 2017

A CONVERSATION IN FILM: THE LONDON INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL 2017 SPEAKS OUT FROM 23 NOVEMBER –  26 NOVEMBER!

Now in it’s tenth year, the London International Documentary Festival (LIDF) presents its strongest and most diverse line up to date, investigating areas of personal and global politics from the 23rd Nov – 26th Nov.

From Romanian migrants who sculpt from damp sand full-size labrador dogs on the pavements of London, to a new interpretation of Stravinsky’s ‘Rite of Spring’ that explores complex ideas of creativity and ritual; from a young woman who explores her sexuality and autonomy through body-performances like something from Grotowski’s Poor Theatre to a portrait of a motorway rest-stop cafe; from an eclectic mix of international shorts to the humanitarian crises of refugees fleeing across the mediterranean as far as Calais, the LIDF presents again an eclectic mix of long and short films from around the globe that is bound to stimulate debate, reflection and action.

As ever themes emerge without asking, a reflection of the concerns of the moment. This year the subject of forced migration and refugees has come to the fore. The LIDF dedicates its Sunday screenings to explore this subject alongside contributors from the UN News and Media, Al Jazeera, Action UK and International Alert.

“This year’s films come from over 45 countries, directed by very established to first-time filmmakers. It’s a provocative and inspiring lineup of films presented in timely strands that are designed to spark debate. Unlike other film festivals, the LIDF doesn’t stop when the film finishes. Our films have been carefully selected, not only on their quality and content – although that is crucial – but also because of the themes they refer to. We want to reach out to a diverse audience  – those interested in the ideas we’re exploring – as well as to those that are passionate about film.”
Patrick Hazard, Festival Director, LIDF