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A celebration of creativity of non-fiction cinema
This October, Antenna, Australia's International Documentary Film Festival, returns with a jam-packed program featuring 50 of the most cutting-edge, thought-provoking documentaries from all around the world.

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The festival will also showcase a range of themes and topics with explorations of issues across the globe. There will be documentaries including a captivating look at the cost of the social media gold rush to an intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war.

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Opening the festival will be the Australian premiere of Nomad: In The Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin, which is moving new tribute to charismatic English writer and adventurer Bruce Chatwin. It features memorable characters and encounters, Nomad captures the filmmaker's epic cross-continental journey carrying the rucksack his good friend Chatwin bequeathed to him on his deathbed.

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There will also be the latest works of two other respected masters- celebrated Chilean director Patricio Guzman and acclaimed Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.

Guzman's The Cordillera of Dreams is a haunting exploration of the cultural and political impact of Chile's most spectacular geological feature: its snowcapped mountain spine;and Ai Weiwei's The Rest , a moving film about refugees who fled war and persecution and arrived in Europe only to live in limbo within a disintegrating humanitarian aid system.

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Other International highlights include:

Los Reyes- a charming film set in a skatepark in Santiago, where, through the eyes of two street dogs named football and Chola, audiences get to know something of the humans who skate there. The result in a cinema experiences that will melt the heart.

Hi, Ai, this science fiction style documentary explores the implications of intimate relationships between robots and humans.

Jawline, is a compelling story of aspiring social media star Austyn Tester. The film documents Austyn as he tries to escape a dead-end life in Tennessee.

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Bellingcat- Truth in a Post-Truth World, takes a first-hand look into the revolutionary rise of citizen investigative journalist collective.

Suede- The Insatiable Ones, is a brutally honest and deeply moving film from award-winning director Mike Christie who thrillingly brings to life the UK band's dizzying ride, from Britpop megastars to breakup and back.

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There will also be seven Australian features and 11 Australian shorts, including the world premiere of Homeland Story about a remote indigenous community's journea y from traditional nomadic lifestyle to the digital age.

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Amanda King's The Great Strike 1917, revisits a pivotal moment Australia's history and how it shaped today's labour movement and Juan Salazar's beautifully shot The Bamboo Bridge, which is about the dismantlement of the longest bamboo bridge in the world and the effect it has on the local way of life.

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There will also be screenings of the Australian competition Sam Zubrycki's feature about a mysterious young salsa star called Miguelito, Sam Dinning's girl-empowering rock-camp chronicle No Time for Quiet and Fiona Cochrane's Ska'd For Life.

Antenna Documentary Film Festival will also showcase special programs including DocTalk, a curated program of masterclasses and panels from a range of leading Australian and international filmmakers and industry figures and the new DocWest, which showcases highlights from the program and will be held at Parramatta's Riverside Theatres.

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For the complete program see website.

The fstival will be held at Palace Chauvel Cinema, Paddington, Palace Verona, Paddington, and Riverside Theatres, Parramatta.

Ticket Pricing:

Adults: $21pp
Concession: $18.50pp
Multipasses 5 Films: $95pp
Multipasses 10 Films: $175
Multipasses 20 Films: $300
Opening Night Party: Adults: $50pp & Concession: $40pp
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Why? Australia's premiere film documentary festival
When: 17-27 October 2019
Where: Various locations across Sydney- see website
Cost: See above
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