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11 Documentaries You Can’t Miss At The 2016 Melbourne International Film Festival

There's something for everyone is this year's line-up of documentaries. To help you decide on what to put on your MIFF Wishlist, we've highlighted these 11 incredible true stories, ranging from incredibly uplifting tales, to eye opening revelations you need to see.

Life, Animated

Life, Animated
The inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films.

Academy Award Winning Director Roger Ross Williams will be in attendance for 2 screenings, introducing the film, and participating in a Q&A after the screenings. –  Book tickets here



National Bird

National Bird
The dramatic journey of three whistleblowers who are determined to break the silence around one of the most controversial current affairs issues of our time: The secret U.S. drone war.

One of the film’s subjects, Lisa Ling, and a Drones expert, Cian Westmoreland will appear at a Q&A after the July 30 session at ACMI – Book tickets here


Lo and Behold

Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World
Filmmaker Werner Herzog examines the past, present and future of the Internet and how it affects human interaction and modern society. – Book tickets here



Five top baristas find themselves pushing the limits of coffee perfection to win the National Barista Championship – a surreal competition where even one mistake is far too many. – Book tickets here


Don't Blink Robert Frank

Don’t Blink: Robert Frank
An artist always one step ahead of the zeitgeist, New York photographer and filmmaker Robert Frank has until now remained deliberately in the shadows. A rare insight into the abstruse world of the man best known for his salient images from landmark 1958 photo book The Americans. – Book tickets here


Land of the Enlightened

The Land of the Enlightened
As US forces prepare to leave Afghanistan, a group of Afghan kids are looking out for themselves. Digging into the abandoned Soviet mines, they find old explosives to sell. But selling means smuggling goods through the trade routes over the mountains of Pamir, which are ruthlessly controlled by another gang of kids. – Book tickets here



An examination of disgraced New York Congressman Anthony Weiner’s mayoral comeback campaign, following this infamous sexting scandal, and the landscape of today’s political landscape. – Book tickets here



At the age of 34, Steve Gleason was diagnosed with ALS. Doctors gave the former NFL defensive back and New Orleans hero two to five years to live. So that is what Steve chose to do – LIVE: with purpose, for his newborn son, for his wife, and to help others with his disease. – Book tickets here


Zero Days

Zero Days
A new documentary by Alex Gibney,  focused on Stuxnet, a piece of self-replicating computer malware that the U.S. and Israel unleashed to destroy a key part of an Iranian nuclear facility, and which ultimately spread beyond its intended target. – Book tickets here 



Music of Strangers

The Music of Strangers, Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and other international artists of The Silk Road Project discuss their philosophies on music and culture. – Book tickets here


Ants on A Shrimp: Noma in Tokyo

Ants on a Shrimp: Noma in Tokyo
One of the world’s best restaurant, the Copenhagen based NOMA and its renowned chef-owner René Redzepi relocate the restaurant and its entire staff to Tokyo. – Book tickets here

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