Most of the time the real world is infinitely more interesting and entertaining than anything in fiction, so prepare for the Documentary Edge Festival in 2012.
Opening in Auckland on April 26, followed by Wellington on May 17, the festival will bring us 72 documentaries from around the world.
The programme ranges from enviromental awareness (Revenge of the Electric Car, The Four Horsemen) to the Arab Spring (Forbidden, A Balloon for Allah), human rights (The Guantanamo Trap, The Price of Sex), to insights into popular culture (Andrew Bird: Fever Year, NY in Motion, Deaf Jam).
One to look out for is Kiwi documentary Yakel 3D, New Zealand's first ever 3D release exploring a primitive tribe in Vanuatu. Shot over three years, it follows 108-year-old Chief Kowia as he continues to reject the modern world.
Add plenty of short documentaries to the list and you've got a bumper festival, too many to list here so head to their official site www.documentaryedge.co.nz to explore the whole programme.