Sundance Institute awards 7 docs from or about Asia in DFP spring round

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The Sundance Institute has awarded grants totaling US$575,000 to 29 feature documentary films from nine countries for the spring round of its Documentary Film Program (DFP).Ai??7 of this films are from or about Asia.

The DFP received applications from 650 filmmakers in 80 countries, with submissions judged on approaches to storytelling, artistic treatment and innovation, subject relevance and potential for social engagement. In addition to the financial support, the filmmakers are also eligible to receive year-round creative support from the DFP.

TheAi??7 films awarded in the spring round of the DFP, from or about Asia are as follows:

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DEVELOPMENT

Documentary projects in the development stage that will receive grants are:

I Dream the Always Kirsten Johnson (U.S.)

The all-seeing eye of a U.S. military surveillance blimp floats over Kabul, looking down at a one-eyed boy haunted by his loss and a clear-eyed girl staking out her future.

Match + : Love in the Time of HIV Ann S. Kim and Priya Giri Desai (U.S.)

In India ai??i?? where marriage is a must, but AIDS is an unspeakable disease ai??i?? can you find love and companionship if youai??i??re HIV positive?

AUDIENCE ENGAGEMENT

A grant to further engage audiences will be awarded to:

Camp Victory: Afghanistan Carol Dysinger (U.S.)

How do National Guard soldiers turn illiterate Afghans into an army? U.S. policy becomes a tangled, trying, alternately funny and tragic reality in this riveting documentary about an unlikely friendship. The Audience Engagement grant award will support significant outreach to stakeholders in both the U.S. and Afghanistan.

Last Train Home Lixin Fan (China)

Every spring, Chinaai??i??s cities are in chaos as 130 million migrant workers form the worldai??i??s largest human migration. As they journey to their home villages, they reveal a country caught between its rural past and industrial future. Last Train Home will be the first independent feature documentary to be government approved as a theatrical release throughout China. This grant will support that release.

DOCUMENTARY FILM INITIATIVE IN CHINA

A Clear Sky Harhuu (Linping, Hu) (China)

Xilin Gol grassland in Inner-Mongolia is one of few natural grasslands with high-quality pasture in China. When a rich coalfield is discovered under the ground of this beautifully natural scene, the nomadic herdsmen reluctantly migrate into the cities and wave farewell to their grassland. The water levels lower, plants die, and only sandstorms remain on the prairie.

Patriotism, 90 Du Hai-Bin (China)

Patriotism, 90 looks at the recent wave of patriotism among Chinese teenagers. The film raises questions about what nation and patriotism mean to young Chinese citizens.

Weaving Wang Yang (China)

In Xiai??i??an, China, a weaving factory built in 1953 is soon to be demolished by the local authority. In search of forgotten family memories during the Cultural Revolution, a historian returns to his childhood factory hometown. Digging deeper into this locations past, he finds his own family secrets begin to unravel.

Summaries are provided byAi??Sundance Institute.

SOURCE: Sundance, RealscreenAi??(7/07/2011)

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