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    Get your fix of great documentaries at this year’s Sydney Film Festival, but hurry, tickets are selling fast! You’ll need to be quick to catch Lucy Walker’s latest - The Crash Reel - festgoers may know her 2007 feature-doc Blindsight, or Sebastian Junge’s follow-up to Oscar-nominee Restrepo, the extensively titled Which Way is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington.

    Two great European filmmakers are featured in our 60th festival: Nicolas Philibert (best known for To Be and To Have, is back with La Maison de la Radio) and Ken Loach returns to the factual world with The Spirit of ’45. Another filmmaker who’s better known as a feature filmmaker is Raoul Peck – his experience as a politician and activist has given him extraordinary access to government and NGOs in his fascinatingly provocative Fatal Assistance. Alex (Taxi to the Dark Side) Gibney has stirred up a Wikileaks storm with We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks, and one more for the doco-essential diary – the wonderfully inventive Spanish doco-essay, The Search for Emak Bakia. There are plenty more outstanding documentaries in the program, don’t delay check them out here

    Here’s six more of the best from our 2013 documentary lineup


    This documentary follows three budding chess grandmasters, sightless boys from different parts of India, as they battle their opponents and inner demons at the World Junior Blind Chess Championship.

    In the emotional hit of Sundance 2013, the devastating consequences of keeping five-tonne killer whales in captivity is told through the story of one tragic beast, Tilikum. This ain't Free Willy!

    Fatal Assistance
    In this provocative documentary, Haitian activist and filmmaker Raoul Peck confronts the ineffective bureaucracy and post-disaster idealism that have hindered reconstruction of his country after the deadly 2010 earthquake.

    This outrageous doco spotlights New York's radical burlesque performers like Dirty Martini and Julie Atlas Muz, who challenge notions of gender and body type as they shed their glittering G-strings.

    The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear

    Georgian filmmaker Tinatin Gurchiani decided to make a documentary about young people by announcing a casting call; the results, both funny and tragic, offer a poignant picture of life in her country.

    A River Changes Course
    Kalyanee Mam won a Grand Jury Prize at Sundance with her strikingly beautiful directorial debut, which documents the impact of war and climate change on the lives of Cambodians.

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