The 13th annual Reykjavík Shorts & Docs film festival will take place in Bíó Paradís cinema April 9-12. Among films screened is Oscar-winning documentary CitizenFour about whistleblower Edward Snowden.
The film’s director, Laura Poitras, will be present during one of the screenings and will also host a workshop on the making of documentaries during the festival.
Other highlights include Sumé – The Sound of Revolution, which is the first full-length Greenlandic documentary. It features local rock band Sumé, which was popular in Greenland and in Europe in the 1970s.
The band had part in strengthening the self-image of Greenlanders, at a time when the country had not yet obtained home rule from Denmark.
The opening film is the Icelandic No Idiots Allowed (Bannað að vera fáviti), which is also about rock; it documents metal festival Eisnaflug which is held annually in the otherwise quiet fishing town Neskaupstaður in East Iceland.
Reykjavík Shorts & Docs is taking part in Kwibuka-21, the annual memorial for the Rwanda genocide in 1994, with the screening of documentary Sweet Dreams, which features the efforts of Rwandan women to restore their community after the genocide.
Click here to view the program.