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Stranger Than Fiction celebrates 10th anniversary with The Great Hip Hop Hoax

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- Presenting documentaries from all around the world, the festival will close with Irish premiere of Dragon Girls

Stranger Than Fiction celebrates 10th anniversary with The Great Hip Hop Hoax

The Irish Film Institute’s (IFI) Stranger Than Fiction documentary film festival (September 26-29), now entering its 10th year of operation, will open with Jeanie Finlay’s The Great Hip Hop Hoax (photo). The festival will close with Inigo Westmeier’s Dragon Girls. Programme highlights include Kim Longinotto’s Salma [+see also:
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, Martha Shane and Lana Wilson’s After Tiller, Greg Camalier’s Muscle Shoals and Lucien Castaing-Taylor,’s Havana Marking’s Smash & Grab: The Story Of The Pink Panthers, and Verena Paravel’s Leviathan that won the prestigious Michael Powell Award at the Edinburgh Film Festival this year.

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The Irish strand of the programme features John Murray and Emer Reynolds’s Here Was Cuba, Gerry Gregg and Tomi Reichental’s Close To Evil and Dónal Ó'Céilleachair’s Aisling Gheal, amongst others.

Festival Programmer Ross Whitaker said, “It’s exciting to be holding so many premieres and to be providing what might be in some cases a unique opportunity for cinema loving audiences to see some brilliant documentaries. I’m particularly delighted that so many of the filmmakers, both from Ireland and around the world, will be our guests at the IFI to discuss and contextualise their own work with our audiences.”

In addition, the IFI is collaborating with the Irish Film Board in presenting a series of special events including ‘How to Connect with Modern Audiences’ and ‘Breaking into Documentary’.

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