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Doc Edge 2013 shares first titles

Doc Edge has announced five international titles for its 2013 edition. All bar one come from the US and, broadly speaking, all revolve around events whose effects reach well beyond their main characters.

Screening in Auckland (April) and Wellington (May), the full programme of 40+ films will be announced next month. The teaser titles kicking off the announcements span a fair amount of the globe, and offer varied themes including the unfortunately topical sexual politics of India.

The titles announced are:
Marc H. Simon’s essay on white collar crime Unraveled, centring on attorney Marc Drier, whose US$750 million was the second largest in US history.
David France’s Oscar-nominated How to Survive a Plague about activists’ fight to change HIV from a death sentence to a manageable condition.
Petter Ringbom’s The Russian Winter on the life – so far – of the Fugees’ John Forte, which has – so far – included a pleasant childhood success, a Grammy nomination and a prison sentence for drug trafficking.
Nina Conti’s Her Master’s Voice won the audience award at SXSW last year. The film is something of a one-off, not unlike part of its subject matter (the late British comedian and performance artist Ken Campbell). A rumination on self, identity and ventriloquism – at which Conti is no slouch.

The Sundance-premiered Salma is the only non-US title in the mix. It continues Kim Longinotto’s work about women’s place in Indian society, following 2010’s Pink Saris.

The Doc Edge Festival runs at Q Theatre in Auckland, 11 – 21 April; at Reading Cinemas Courtney and The Film Archive in Wellington, 9 – 19 May.

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