2 - 6 November
Returning for the first time since 2019, with the support of Screen NSW, Antenna presents DocWest: a carefully curated program that features Australian and Sydney Premieres of some of the most acclaimed documentaries from Australia and around the world. In addition to the screenings, the program includes special events and Q&As by local and international filmmakers. Exclusive to DocWest is the Sydney Premiere of Madeleine Parry’s The Angels: Kickin’ Down the Door, about the legendary Australian band.
DocWest takes place at Parramatta’s Event Cinema between 2–6 November and will include films from 15 different countries, including Lebanon, Hong Kong, Israel, Russia, New Zealand, Chile, the UK, and Australia.
WEDNESDAY 2 NOVEMBER – 6:30PM
Oscar-nominated director Matthew Heineman’s brilliant, moving film shows the last months of the 20-year war in Afghanistan, capturing the turmoil as American troops pull out. A heart-wrenching look at the aftermath of the controversial end to the “forever war.”
THURSDAY 3 NOVEMBER – 6:30PM
Winner of Hot Docs, Blue Island confronts the depressed state of Hong Kong protestors in the wake of China’s 2020 national security law with a longer history of the island as a site of refuge. The result is an elegiac film which memorialises Hong Kong’s desire for self-assertion and its inhabitants’ perseverance in the face of a seemingly irreversible fate.
FRIDAY 4 NOVEMBER – 6:30 PM
|Cesária Évora is an intimate documentary about the world-renowned singer known as the Barefoot Diva. With previously unseen footage and insights into the singer’s life, the film follows her struggles and success. Cesária’s voice took her from poverty to stardom but her only dream was to be free.|
THE ANGELS: KICKIN’ DOWN THE DOOR
SATURDAY 5 NOVEMBER – 8:30 PM
The Angels came hurtling out of Adelaide in the 1970s, transforming the Aussie music scene from pretty pop to gritty guitar rock. After rising to become a behemoth of the local rock scene they were on the path to international success, but internal tensions strained relationships to breaking point… even while producing incandescent rock’n’roll.
CROWS ARE WHITE
SUNDAY 6 NOVEMBER – 11:00 AM
Director Ahsen Nadeem leads a double life. To find a solution for his problem, he travels to a remote Japanese monastery on a scenic mountaintop—home to an ancient, secretive sect of Buddhist monks who perform extreme acts of endurance. Will he find answers there, or are they inside him already?
SUNDAY 6 NOVEMBER – 3:30 PM
Filmmakers investigate controversial events at the Palestinian village of Tantura in 1948, where survivors claimed to witness a massacre of civilians by Israeli troops. An exploration of Israel’s founding myth and the country’s inability to come to terms with its dark past,
DOCWEST IS SUPPORTED BY THE NSW GOVERNMENT THROUGH SCREEN NSW