This Way of Life qualified for the Oscar shortlist and will screen on the Bermuda Documentary Film Festival’s opening night. *Photo supplied
This Way of Life qualified for the Oscar shortlist and will screen on the Bermuda Documentary Film Festival’s opening night. *Photo supplied
Oscar nominees and winners in three of the world’s top film festivals are among those screening as part of the Bermuda Documentary Film Festival at the end of the month.

The annual film festival, launched by Duncan Hall last year, runs from April 29 to May 1 and takes place at the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute.

The Bermuda Sun will be carrying independent reviews in the run up to the festival.

Here is the full line-up of films along with brief synopses.

Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders and This Way of Life both qualified for the Oscar shortlist and will screen on the festival’s opening night.

Living in Emergency is a hard-hitting film charting the work of Doctors Without Borders in the war zones of Liberia and the Congo while This Way of Life tells the story of a strong-hearted father who struggles to create a life of idyllic simplicity for his family in breath-taking New Zealand.

Women Art Revolution achieved the distinction of screening at three of the world’s top festivals — Toronto, Sundance and Berlin. It explores how the feminist art revolution transformed modern culture.

Pink Saris earned the Amnesty International Award at Copenhagen Docs, as well as top awards at Sheffield Docs, Hong Kong and Abu Dhabi. It follows “the leader of the pink gang” Sampat Pal Devi who combats violence against women in the streets of Uttar Pradesh in India.

Autumn Gold follows five senior athletes on their road to maturity. It won the Filmmaker’s Award at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, widely considered North America’s top documentary festival.

Thunder Soul, about charismatic band leader Conrad “Prof” Johnson, won the Audience Choice Award at Hot Docs as well as picking up audience awards at five other festivals.

Kinshasa Symphony and The Green Wave — also screening at Bermuda Docs — finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in audience voting at Amsterdam, widely considered the world’s top documentary festival.

Kinshasa Symphony shows how the inhabitants of one of the most chaotic cities in the world formed a symphony orchestra and The Green Wave is an edgy documentary animation about the 2009

Iranian elections.

The festival also features films with local connections — the world premiere of Bermudian director Lucinda Spurling’s film, Poverty in Paradise: The Price We Pay, the 32-minute short film, Higher Ground: The Cahow Translocation Project, by the LookBermuda team of J.P. Rouja, Ben Watson and Milton Raposo and the international premiere of Shed Your Tears and Walk Away, directed by Bermuda-born Jez Lewis. Ms Spurling, Mr Rouja and Mr Lewis will attend the festival with their films.

The festival will be held in the Tradewinds Auditorium of the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute. Tickets are $15 and are available from today at www.bdatix.bm; at All Wrapped Up Home in the Washington Mall; The Money Shop-Dundonald Street and at Fabulous Fashions, Heron Bay Plaza, Southampton.

Tickets may also be ordered by calling 232-2255. Trailers and full synopses of all films can be viewed at www.bermudadocs.com or on the Bermuda Docs page on Facebook.