12 July 2013

Doc/Fest is one of the world’s biggest and best documentary festivals. Every year they curate a programme of the most exciting, interesting, cutting edge and unique documentaries from around the world. Over the 20 years of the festival's history, everyone from Louis Theroux and Nick Broomfield to Joan Rivers and Rolf Harris have spoken at Doc/Fest events.

The two films they have selected to screen at FACT are inspired by Turning FACT Inside Out, looking to the future of politics, society, technology, journalism and the economy. Doc/Fest’s film programmer, Hussain Currimbhoy, will host Q&A’s with the film’s Directors and Producers after each screening.

Screening on 14 August, Google and the World Brain follows the most ambitious project ever conceived on the Internet: Google’s master plan to scan every book in the world and the people trying to stop them. Google says they are building a library for mankind, but some say they also have other intentions. Over half the books Google scanned were in copyright, and authors across the world launched a campaign to stop Google, which climaxed in a New York courtroom in 2011. This is a film about the dreams, dilemmas and dangers of the Internet. Director Ben Lewis will join us for a Q&A after the film.

On 21 August, we are showing A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power, and Jayson Blair at the New York Times. A Fragile Trust tells the shocking story of Jayson Blair, the most infamous serial plagiarist of our time, and how he unleashed the massive scandal that rocked the New York Times and the entire world of journalism. It is a complex story about power, race, ethics and accountability in the media. Director/Producer Samantha Grant and Co-Producer Brittney Shepherd will join us after the screening for a Q&A session. 

The tickets for both films are available now, online, from the Box Office and by phone on 0871 902 5737. For more information on Sheffield Doc/Fest please visit their website.