Nov 21, 2007
CA – Today, the Sundance
Institute Documentary Film Program announced 30 film projects to receive a
record number of financial grants from the
Institute Documentary Fund. Out of 300 applications from more than 25
countries, the feature-length documentary films selected will receive a total of
$750,000 in support. The Sundance Documentary Film Program supports U.S.
and international documentary filmmakers who explore the critical issues of
our times with
highly crafted storytelling and stylistic innovation.
"The Sundance Documentary
Film Program is honored to support talented artists from around the world with
funding at critical moments in their filmmaking to
creation and completion of these important films,” said Cara Mertes, Director of the Sundance Institute
Documentary Film Program. ”This is an
exceptional docket of documentary films with major work from established and
emerging filmmakers. The films funded today reflect the Documentary Film
Program’s interest in helping filmmakers tell the stories of our changing
world, including films with the potential to transform it."
Institute Documentary Fund is a central element of Sundance Institute’s
Documentary Film Program, which provides year-round creative support
filmmakers through workshops, screenings, and activities related to the distinct
stages of the filmmaking process. Grants are announced twice a year and
submissions are accepted on a rolling basis and judged on their approach to
storytelling, artistic treatment and innovation, subject relevance and potential
for social engagement. The Sundance Institute Documentary Program considers new
projects in the Development and Production/Post-Production phases. The film
selection is juried by creative film professionals and human rights experts.
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Little Doe, of the Wampanoag nation, revives a silenced indigenous language that
was out of use for more than 150 years.
Francis and Nick Francis
Zambia is home to one of
Africa's largest Chinatowns and is at the crossroads of China's strategic expansion into Africa.
(US)Nobel Peace Laureate
Rigoberta Menchu accuses Guatemala's ex-dictator, General Rios
Montt, of genocide and uses the 1982 classic documentary film, When the Mountains Tremble, as forensic
evidence to bring a case against him.
AND FROM THE HEART (US)Albert Maysles returns to his Boston roots and reconnects
with old friends, resulting in an autobiographical film reflecting on a 50-year
love affair with documentary.
MINING BUSINESS (Belgium)
in a new, industrial revolution in Katanga (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
struggle against a war being waged by ruthless multinational
HARRIS: INDIAN 101 (US)
activist LaDonna Harris conveys a unique vision of leadership to a new
generation of indigenous professionals.
WAY TO SCHOOL (Turkey)
A year in
the life of a Turkish school teacher in a remote town in Turkey.
With a Kurdish class that can't speak Turkish, and the teacher who can't speak
Kurdish, both are alien in the
FI: ALWAYS FAITHFUL (US)
Marines lead the fight for justice for U.S. soldiers exposed to dangerous toxic
chemicals while stationed at Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base in North
BY THE SEA (US)
In a small Inuit village
on the remote barrier island of
Shishmaref, Alaska, residents
struggle with the devastating effects of erosion due to global climate
Eison and Christine Christopher
EMERGING FROM THE SHADOWS (US)
Jena, Louisiana, nooses swing from the schoolyard
oak tree and six black high school students are persecuted in ways that eerily
evoke the past. The story illuminates the entrenched culture of racially
motivated violence in America
HAVE NO ORDERS TO SAVE YOU (US/India)
The youngest survivors of
the 2002 Gujarati riots in India move into adulthood, facing choices that
will affect their future and the future of pluralism in India.
Turner and Alison Quirk
WOMEN RULE (UK)
women-only village in Kenya, women learn to thrive after
entrenched violence and male domination.
In Cochabamba, Bolivia, four people connected to the
first “water war” of the 21st century shed light on – and perhaps
foreshadow – wars to come.
banana farmers take multi-national banana industrialists to court over the use
of banned pesticides in an historic case.
Three Beijing taxi drivers
connect a morphing cityscape with citizen tales in the midst of dizzying change
accelerated by the 2008 Olympic Games.
community boxing gym in Austin, TX,
the controlled use of violence is taught to men, women, and children of all
social classes, races, ages, and ethnicities.
Lipschutz and Rose Rosenblatt
AND THE CLIFFORD TWINS (US)
Lakotas on the Pine Ridge reservation are swept into a high-stakes tribal
election that hangs on sovereignty, representation, and abortion
Jones, Laure Sullivan and Paul Wilson
long and bloody struggle, the Seneca Nation of
Indians is now in the casino business, and the tribe is changing forever.
Casino Nation follows the conflicts the tribe faces as big money flows into this
small sovereign nation.
A creative portrait of
influential English filmmaker and fine artist, Derek
Leonardo Henrichsen, an
Argentinean cameraman, films his own murder during an attempted military coup in
Chile in June 1973. The history of a
continent unfolds through the images made by one
of North Korean concentration camps share wrenching, first-hand
Escallon and Miguel Salazar
long-standing guerilla warfare throughout southern Colombia, the indigenous Nasa
community strives to maintain their ideals of non-violent
OBJECTS OF DESIRE (US)
with another girl by her South Korean orphanage prior to adoption by an American
couple, the filmmaker searches for her namesake and roots.
Island Calling (New
The double murder of a
gay couple in Fiji in 2001 reveals the social and
political fractures in the postcolonial landscape of the
McLagan and Daria Sommers
A group of female
soldiers who went to Iraq as mechanics, supply clerks, and engineers, return
home a year later as part of America's first generation of female combat
KITCHEN WARRIORS (US/South Africa)
a township-run South African cooking school struggle to reshape their lives and
pursue culinary careers.