PRAGUE — The 13th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival will kick off March 11 with helmer Roy Sher’s biopic “My Sweet Canary,” about the 50-year career of Greek crooner Roza Eskenazi, who died in 1980.
Nine titles from Europe, Guatemala, Canada and Argentina focus on civil liberties, including Patricio Henriquez’s “You Don’t Like the Truth: 4 Days Inside Guantanamo.”
Views of the World section, screening 12 chronicles of local culture from around Europe, India, South Korea and the U.S., includes Tom Jarmusch’s “Sometimes City,” an account of the dying city of Cleveland, Ohio.
The music sidebar includes Judy Lieff’s “DeAf Jam” and Mark Landsman’s SXSW audience prize winner “Thunder Soul,” about seminal 70s Texas funk players Kashmere Stage Band and Conrad “Prof” Johnson.
Fest has an eight-pic Middle East spotlight plus tributes to Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa, Czech helmer Helena Trestikova and Greece’s Kyriaki Malama. All are expected to draw crowds to dockside venues near the old center of Thessaloniki.
Fest’s Doc Market runs March 14-19. Newly revamped fest, with 220 pics unspooling, wraps March 20.