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Sheffield Doc/Fest opens, includes The Last Poets documentary

A number of music related documentaries including world premiere of film about The Last Poets

This year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest, which opens tomorrow, Friday 5 June, features a number of music documentaries and related events, including the world premiere of a new film about The Last Poets.

Hustlers Convention, directed by Mike Todd, takes as its starting point the album of the same name released in 1973 by Last Poets leader Lightnin’ Rod (Jalal Mansur Nuriddin), and considers the album’s impact on hiphop, with interviewees including KRS One, MC Lyte, Ice T and Chuck D. Nuriddin will be at the premiere on 7 June and will take part in a Q&A.

Also on 7 June, the festival will be hosting the UK premiere of 808, a new film about the history and legacy of the Roland TR808 drum machine. Receiving its UK premiere, on 10 June, is What Happened, Miss Simone?, a new documentary about Nine Simone that features rare concert footage and interviews.

As well as screenings, there will workshops on subjects including music documentary-making, how to score documentaries, and new music technology.