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Antenna Documentary Film Festival 2016

They Call Us Monsters

Antenna offers a rare opportunity to see the very best in documentary cinema from the furthest corners of the world right on your doorstep in one superbly curated festival. This year’s edition of the festival is the most ambitious to date with 39 features from 18 countries, 14 shorts and six Virtual Reality experiences.

Festival director David Rokach’s carefully curated program aims to provide Sydney with a diverse selection of films which push boundaries and tell compelling stories, whether that be climate change, racial tension or incredibly personal stories.

“We have watched over 1000 films this year through a call for submission process and also attended international film festivals around the world to curate what we believe represents what is happening in documentary cinema today,  as well as what is happening in the real world. Antenna is a festival which for 6 intensive days – people are watching and talking and breathing documentaries.” Rokach explained.


The Age Of Consequences: Takes a terrifying look at the nexus between climate change and global conflict – the film interviews Pentagon insiders and war zone veterans and builds a picture of a series of humanitarian catastrophes, asking: does climate change lead to war?

Do Not Resit: Against a backdrop of burning cars and tear gas in Ferguson following the police killing of Michael Brown, this film tackles the rapid militarisation of police forces.

They Call Us Monsters: Takes us for the first time inside The Compound, a high-security juvenile jail in California that holds youths who are being tried as adults for violent crimes.

Oct 11–16. Palace Cinemas, Blank Space Gallery & MCA. $16-$155 (10 film pass). Tickets & info:


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