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Sheffield Doc/Fest 2012 Locks Down Lineup; 'The Sheik and I,' 'Planet of Snail' and 'How to Survive a Plague' Included

"The Sheik and I." Sheffield Doc/Fest
The 19th edition of Sheffield Doc/Fest has locked in its full lineup. This year's progam features 83 feature docs, 10 outdoor screenings, 27 shorts and four cross platform films.

As announced earlier, the Sundance award-winner "Searching for Sugar Man" will open the festival on June 13. A slew of other Sundance titles will also be screening at the event, including the powerful AIDS doc "How to Survive a Plague"; Eugene Jarecki's war on drugs epic "The House I Live In"; and "Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present," which provides a glimpse into the life of the famous performance artist.

Also included is Caveh Zahedi's controversial doc "The Sheik and I," which world premiered at SXSW earlier this year. Eric Kohn called it "a daring work made with reckless abandon -- in other words, both irresponsible and necessary."

This year the festival will be celebrating Russian documentary filmmaker Dziga Vertov with a four film retrospective ("Man With a Movie Camera," "Enthusiasm (Symphony of the Donbass)", "Lullaby" and "Three Songs About Lenin"). And in honor of the upcoming summer Olympics, the festival will screen a number of sports docs, including this year's Oscar winner "Undefeated," and the European premiere of "The Other Dream Team," Marius Markevicius' film on how Lithuania's Olympic basketball team struggled to triumph during the height of the Cold War.

Go HERE for the full lineup. This year's festival runs June 13 - 17.

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