Weyermann: Filmmakers get to the heart of issues, events

The Sundance Institute Documentary Fund has chosen 14 docus from filmmakers in U.S., Canada, Mexico, England and France as recipients of the fund’s biannual grants.

This year’s chosen features address an array of timely issues (as per the criteria of the prize), such as pre-natal health care among the underprivileged in Chicago, post-9/11 trauma, the reign of Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori, post-Cold War Nicaragua and Shakespeare plays performed in Kentucky prisons.

“The recipients of this fall’s grant cycle show an uncanny ability to get to the heart of crucial issues and events, which are not being covered by the mainstream media,” said fund director Diane Weyermann.

International docus were eligible in three categories of development — work in progress, developmental and supplemental — which also determined the denomination of the monetary prize.

Here is the complete list of winners this fall:

Work-in-progress: Daniel Alpert, “A Doula Story”: Gilles de Maistre, “Europe, the Citadel”; Jason Kohn, “Manda Bala” (Send a Bullet); Alison Maclean, “Persons of Interest”; Ellen Perry, “Fall of Fujimori”; and Peter Raymont, “The World Stopped Watching”.

Developmental: Rebecca Cammisa, “Which Way Home”; Jon Else, “Wonders Are Many”; Phil Grabsky, “The Boy Who Plays on the Buddhas of Bamiyan”; Cristina Ibarra and John Valadez, “The Last Conquistador”; Mercedes Moncada, “Tale of Two Brothers”; and Jonathan Stack, “In Pursuit of Liberty”.

Supplemental: Mark Becker, “Romantico”; Hank Rogerson, “Shakespeare Behind Bars”.

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