ASFF 2014 Documentary Screening: Zima by Cristina Picchi (MiruMir Studio)

The ASFF 2014 programme features an extensive selection of documentaries, stretching over 6 screenings, across a variety of individual venues, including Reel, 1331, King Manor, the National Trust’s Treasurer’s House and more. This year, the Documentary genre encompasses a broad spectrum of topics, from the grazing habits of Icelandic horses to the introduction of Parkour in Morocco.

One of the films selected for the Documentary strand is Cristina Picchi’s Zima (2013), which details the realities of an existence far from the comforts of familiar territory. A portrait of a season, Zima follows a journey through North Russia and Siberia, shedding light on the feelings and thoughts of the people who survive in one of the world’s harshest climates. Existing in a reality where the boundary between life and death is so thin and sometimes nonexistent, this powerful documentary presents a civilization living in both constant battle and committed love for the nature that surrounds them. With awe-inspiring landscapes, the aptly named Zima (translating into Winter) is a tough reflection on life, adaptation and the immutable cycles of existence.

Alongside the vast selection of screenings, ASFF also presents a dynamic series of masterclasses and workshops with leading industry figures, working with organisations such as BAFTA and Channel 4. Closely linked to our Documentary screenings is the Programming Documentaries ?masterclass, with Sheffield’s Doc/Fest Market Place Manager Anna Parker, who will be discussing Doc/Fest’s selection criteria and offering tips on getting your work noticed.

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1. Making of Zima (2013) Cristina Picchi. Courtesy of Cinetrain and Vimeo.