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    Those planning on attending the Antenna Documentary Festival should prepare for an exceptional international and Australian documentary experience. With screenings from 20 countries, the 2013 Festival will screen 31 feature films,including 25 Australian premieres, three film competitions with cash prizes, DocTalk sessions, international guests and a special retrospectiveprogram of world-renowned documentary filmmaker Kim Longinotto.

    The 2013 Antenna program includes a variety of films ranging from intriguing tales to psychological dramas, and covers a range of controversial and confronting themes such as autism, late-term abortion, asylum seekers and refugees and the erosion of privacy in the Internet era.

    Making its Australian premiere, The Captain and His Pirate (Germany, 2012)tells the story of German freighter ‘Hansa Stavangar’, which was captured by pirates off the coast of Somalia. In the film, two men from vastly different worlds recount the events as this psychological drama unfolds. In their isolation, an unusual friendship forms between the captain and his pirate. Krysztof Kotiuk (The Captain) is a guest of the festival, and a Q&A will be held after the screening.
    [FONT=arial, 'helvetica neue', helvetica, sans-serif]Featuring in the International Special Screenings and making its Australian premiere is After Tiller(USA, 2013). This haunting film delicately chronicles the confronting work of a group of doctors in America carrying out controversial third-trimester abortions, following the 2009 assassination of Dr George Tiller, pioneer of the process. Their tumultuous world of threats, unrelenting attacks and continuous ethical dilemmas unfolds through elegant observation and interviews in all its heart-wrenching emotion and tragedy.[/FONT]
    Recently screening at Cannes 2013 and making itsInternational premiere at Antenna, Stop-Over(Switzerland/France, 2013) offers an intimate look at life in limbo for a group of refugees from Iran. This portrayal of their lives at intense close quarters brings humanity and depth to what we normally encounter only as a statistic or a headline. The result is an immediate, articulate commentary on the dehumanising and stifling effects of this eternal wait.Director Kaveh Bakhtiari is a guest of the festival. The screening will be followed by a Q&A.
    An Australian premiere,Terms & Conditions May Apply(USA, 2012)explores the revelations about the many Orwellian ways personal data is observed, harvested, bought and sold. With the Edward Snowden case still making headlines, Terms And Conditions May Apply is nothing if not timely. The film argues that the biggest Internet players—Facebook, Google, Amazon, etc.—have become little more than glorified domestic spies for governments and Big Businesses.
    Also making its Australian premiere is Rent A Family Inc.(Denmark, 2012), a tale of deceit, identity and tradition. The film provides a glimpse into the life of a Japanese man called Ryuichi with a business where he pretends to be your father, colleague or ex-husband, as well cast for your bigger events, such as weddings and funerals. With Ryuichi’s help, anyone can appear popular, loved, or can maintain a lie.
    A film to attract sports lovers to Antenna and also making its Australian premiere is9.79*(UK, 2012).This racy, masterfully edited film takes the audience back to one of the juiciest drug cheat controversies – the 1988 men’s 100 metre sprint final at the Seoul Olympics. Delving deep into the personal and professional lives of once-celebrated rival track stars Carl Lewis and Ben Johnson, the film exposes a still-tangled web of treachery, deceit and lust for world records.
    In Matthew’s Laws (The Netherlands, 2012), Director Marc Schmidt illustrates how different the world looks through the lens of autism. This heartbreaking portrait, making its Australian premiere, shows an increasingly desperate man as he in turn rages against and is bewildered by the world. Matthew’s unique ways of dealing with life canonly support him for so long, and the catastrophic resolution will leave you reeling.
    Last edited by Mick Pacholli; 22 August 2013, 07:41 PM.