Afghanistan, FESTIVALS / EVENTS, India, Japan, Nepal, USA — 07/11/2012 12:20 AM

Sundance Institute backs 5 new doc projects from or about Asia

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The Sundance Institute has bestowed US$490,000 in grants to 27 feature-length documentary projects, including 5 projects from or about Asia.

The grants, made via the Institute’s Documentary Film Program and Fund (DFP), come as the DFP celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Since its inception, it has awarded grants to more than 425 documentary filmmakers in 61 countries.

Sundance Institute DFP director Cara Mertes said the latest grants “represent an incredible array of storytelling. “Many of these films examine people, events and movements that tell a story of transformative change. Each film has the potential to bring this experience to viewers around the world.”

The list of recipients from or about Asia is presented below with synopses provided by the Sundance Institute.

Development Projects

Beyond the Wave (Japan)
Director: Kyoko Miyake
Director Kyoko Miyake revisits her mother’s hometown in Fukushima to explore the town’s complex past of nuclear ambitions and its future beyond the catastrophe.

. Guerrilla E.R (Burma, UK)
Producer/Director: Gigi Berardi
In the jungles of Eastern Burma, an emergency surgeon, a medical student and a patient face the consequences of the longest standing civil war in the world. Following their lives, we learn about a forgotten population.

. Powerless (India)

Directors: Fahad Mustafa and Deepti Kakkar

In a city with 15-hour power outages, a nimble young electrician provides Robin Hood-style services to the poor. Meanwhile, the first female chief of the electricity utility company is on a mission to dismantle the illegal connections, for good.

Production Projects

. One Bullet: Afghanistan (U.S.)

Director: Carol Dysinger
One bullet, fired in darkness, hits a teenage boy. A story of one street, one family and one war unfolds as his family grapples with international forces way beyond their control.

. Who Will Be A Gurkha (Nepal)

Director: Kesang Tseten
Young Nepalis compete for a few coveted position as Gurkhas, soldiers who’ve famously fought as part of the British Army for 200 years since the days of the Empire.

About Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program and Fund
The Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program and Fund provides year-round support to nonfiction filmmakers worldwide. The program advances innovative nonfiction storytelling about a broad range of contemporary social issues, and promotes the exhibition of documentary films to audiences. Through the Sundance Documentary Fund, the Documentary Edit and Story Laboratory, Composers + Documentary Laboratory, Creative Producing Lab, as well as the Sundance Film Festival, the Sundance Creative Producing Summit and a variety of partnerships and international initiatives, the program provides a unique, global resource for contemporary independent documentary film. www.sundance.org/documentary

SOURCE: Sundance Institute

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