The SFFILM Doc Stories lineup has officially been unveiled for 2023.
The ninth annual program runs November 2 through 5 in San Francisco, California, screening 10 features, and two shorts programs, while hosting a tribute to late filmmaker Julia Reichert, the beloved “American Factory” co-director who died last year. While screenings are taking place in person, a limited streaming window from November 6 to 7 will be available to ticket buyers online.
Matthew Heineman’s “American Symphony” opens the festival for an intimate portrait of Grammy-winning musician Jon Baptiste. The SFFilm Doc Stories centerpiece screening is “Copa 71,” which debuted at TIFF and tells the lost story of the first Women’s World Cup for soccer. The film features 50-plus-year-old footage from the World Cup that took place in Mexico in 1971. Wim Wenders‘ “Anselm” closes the festival with a 3D presentation of Anselm Kiefer’s life’s work.
“This year’s lineup explores the powerful effects of institutional erasure and the unlimited possibilities of human determination,” SFFILM director of programming Jessie Fairbanks said. “Documentaries offer a critical space in which audiences can contemplate challenging world issues, core ideological beliefs, and stories of inspiration. We are elated to host so many formidable documentarians who craft nuanced and thrilling stories that encompass these complex topics, while continuing to evolve the form of non-fiction storytelling.”
SFFILM executive director Anne Lai added, “Hosting Doc Stories each fall is a highlight for SFFilm. It is a celebratory moment to welcome filmmakers from around the world and create the space where singular stories expand the minds and hearts of San Francisco’s intelligent and curious audiences.”
Caroline Suh’s “Sorry/Not Sorry” documentary about Louis C.K. finds new life at the festival after premiering at TIFF and being dropped by Showtime. The film is currently seeking U.S. distribution.
Lisa Cortés’ “Little Richard,” “Four Daughters,” and “The Mission” will also screen, as well as other films from Amanda McBaine, Jesse Moss, Kaouther Ben Hania, Roger Ross Williams, dream hampton, and more filmmakers.
Special events include the New York Times Op-Docs curated 92-minute program, and the tribute to Reichert titled Julia Reichert: A Woman’s Work. The “American Factory” director died in December 2022 of cancer. Reichert’s 2020 documentary “9to5: The Story of a Movement” will screen at 2023 SFFilm Doc Series, among her other works.
The 2023 SFFILM festival took place in April 2023, with “Earth Mama” taking the festival’s top prize.
For the full Doc Series lineup, head here.