Gallery: Real-life storytellers bring films to the Suffolk stage for Aldeburgh Documentary Festival

The Speed Sisters and Aldeburgh Documentary teams. Nick Tipping Photography.

The Speed Sisters and Aldeburgh Documentary teams. Nick Tipping Photography. - Credit: Nick Tipping Photography

From the heartwarming tale of a Paraguayan musical youth group, to a study of neo-colonialism in South Sudan, the 21st Aldeburgh Documentary Festival offered something for all audiences.

Events at Aldeburgh Cinema opened with a screening of Landfill Harmonic, followed by Latin American entertainment, including Colombian harpist, Diego Rojas.

The three-day festival continued with screenings of India’s Daughter, Speed Sisters and We Come As Friends. Q&A sessions followed with filmmakers and special guests, including the BBC’s Robert Peston with My Nazi Legacy director, David Evans, and human rights lawyer, Philippe Sands.

Vanessa Engle discussed her three decades of work with the BBC with Roly Keating, chief executive of the British Library.

The festival closed with Addicted to Sheep, followed by a Q&A with director, Magali Pettier, and Suffolk artist and farmer, Jason Gathorne-Hardy. The evening also included a butchery demonstration and live music.


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Cinema manager and festival director, Thomas Gerstenmeyer, who said the festival had gone “wonderfully well”, agreed there had been a recent boom in the creativity and popularity documentary film. “Long may it continue,” he added. “We’ll continue to our bit here on the Suffolk coast.”

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