The 6th Melbourne Documentary Film Festival perfect for streaming from home

'Aware: Glimpses of Consciousness', With Monica Gagliano, Roland Griffiths, Christof Koch, Richard Boothby, Josefa Kirvin Kulix, Matthieu Ricard and Mingyur Rinpoche. Music by Zoë Keating. (crop)

This year's Melbourne Documentary Film Festival runs for the entire month of October!

Perfect for streaming from home, the entire program is online and features documentaries from around the world. Viewers can pick 2, 3, 5, 10 or binge passes can be purchased here!

With more than half the content coming from Australia, the festival also showcases the very best documentaries from Sundance, Venice, SXSW, Slamdance, Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival, Doxa, Hot Docs, Vancouver International Film Festival, Harlem International Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival, and the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

Check out our Top 5 Picks:

1. Inferno Without Borders

The unprecedented bushfire crisis that struck Australia during the 2019-2020 summer sparked numerous controversies and its abnormality revealed underlying major issues with bush management and Australia’s part in contributing to global warming. See this documentary and watch how it deals with some of the big questions of this crisis.

2. Finding Creativity

To be creative can be incredibly rewarding, yet the process of creativity can be arduous and fraught. Finding Creativity is a captivating exploration of the creative process through the eyes of established glass artist Holly Grace, celebrated chef and restaurant owner Coskun Uysal, talented singer/songwriter Henry Brett and accomplished social entrepreneur Jan Owen. The subjects’ personal stories allow for an enlightening and informative look into how they came to work in creative fields and how they actively seek out inspiration. We hear first-hand accounts of their successes and struggles as they share their respective approaches to creativity.

3. Meeting the Beatles in India

Filmmaker Paul Saltzman retraces his journey of 50 years ago when he spent a life-changing time with the Beatles at the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's ashram on the banks of the Ganges River. In 1968, he discovered his own soul, learned meditation, which changed his life, and hung out with John, Paul, George and Ringo. Fifty years later, he finds "Bungalow Bill" in Hawaii; connects with David Lynch about his own inner journey; as well as preeminent Beatles historian, Mark Lewisohn; and Academy Award nominated film composer, Laurence Rosenthal.

4. Batoor: a Refugee Journey

This film highlights the refugee crisis, being an epic journey to safety. Afghani photojournalist Barat Ali Batoor won a Walkley Award for the images he captured on his own refugee boat journey. ‘Batoor: A Refugee Journey’ tells the harrowing story of one person’s struggle to find freedom and safety while also probing moral issues around human displacement, people smuggling and migration policy.

The film highlights the powerlessness and the precarious lives of the world’s 70 million displaced souls; and is an attempt to give a voice to the planet’s most vulnerable people.

5. Mental as Everything

Damon Smith has estimated that he has spent around 50 thousand hours of his life, so far, participating in absurd ritualistic behaviours associated with his obsessive Compulsive Disorder. With a diagnosis of both, OCD and Bipolar Disorder, and with the help of his anxious friend, Adam, these two touring, Australian musicians, will share, with original music, preposterous humour and outlandish animations, the intricate and debilitating nature of what it is like to live and talk about mental illness in a world where it’s ok to talk about a broken arm but not ok to talk about a broken mind.

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See the full list of films on offer on their website here!