Committee of human-rights experts select recipients

Eleven feature-length documentary films will receive $395,000 from the Sundance Institute Documentary Fund in the first of two rounds of grants handed out this year.

The fund considers projects in three categories: work-in-progress, development and supplemental.

A committee of human-rights experts and film professionals selected the recipients from projects submitted by filmmakers from around the world.

The docus involved an exploration of contemporary South Africa; a study of the current state of Israeli-Palestinian relations; in-depth stories about the lives of immigrants and refugees; and the search for justice and coexistence.

“Whether they are exploring the complexities of a conflict or war zone, giving voice to those who are silenced, or tackling some of the most charged issues of our day, these films will both move and inspire us,” said Diane Weyermann, director of the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program.

Since its inception at the Institute, the fund has disbursed more than $2 million to 62 projects.

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