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37 of the best international documentaries made this year
Eva Orner's The Network follows the construction of the first TV station in post-Taliban Afghanistan.
What happens when the first TV station is set up in post-Taliban Afghanistan?
How did Doris Payne manage to steal nearly $2 million in jewels from Cartier and Tiffany's?
How does an 11-year-old Russian orphan, brought up without a scrap of affection, respond to a Wisconsin family's adoption offer?
These are just some of the questions to be tackled at the 2013 Antenna Documentary Festival. Now in its third year, the event screens 37 of the best international documentaries made during the past twelve months. For the more ADHD-inclined, there'll also be 10 shorts.
Those interested in chatting about all things documentary, should get along to one of the seven 'DocTalk' sessions. They're free public talks, presented in partnership with AFTRS. Topics vary from first-hand accounts of "documentary-making disasters" to "crossing borders". Plus, Antenna will host its premiere live pitching session for interactive online documentaries, to feature industry representatives from the Guardian Australia, Screen Australia, SBS online and the Powerhouse Museum. It's sure to function as a kind of crash course for online doco makers looking to improve their chances of securing funding.
The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne enters the world of the planet's most famous jewellery thief.
Stand-outs of the feature-length programme include I Will Be Murdered, made in the wake of the 2009 murder of lawyer Rodrigo Rosenburg and the chilling Youtube accusation that ignited riots across Guatemala; Are You Listening!, a close study of the impact of climate change on a Bangladeshi village destroyed by a cyclone; and The Captain and His Pirate, the gripping story of a friendship that developed between the captain of a German freighter and his piratical attacker.
Germany documentary The Captain and His Pirate explores an unexpected friendship.
The festival's finest work will be recognised via the presentation of three awards: the SBS Award for Best International Documentary, Best Australian Documentary and Best Australian Short.
Tickets for the Antenna Documentary Film Festival 2013 are on sale now, either at the Chauvel Cinema box office or online.