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The Sundance Institute has selected the 10 films that will participate in the inaugural year of the cultural exchange initiative Film Forward: Advancing Cultural Dialogue.

Five American films are part of the pack; Jennifer Arnold’s “A Small Act,” Cherien Dabis’ “Amreeka,” Stanley Nelson’s “Freedom Riders,” Peter Bratt’s “La Mission” and 2010 Sundance winner “Winter’s Bone,” directed by Debra Granik.

International titles are Havana Marking’s “Afghan Star,” Taika Waititi’s “Boy,” Luxin Fan’s “Last Train Home,” Mohamed Al-Daradji’s “Son of Babylon” and Vikramaditya Motwane’s “Udaan.”

Sundance was tapped to lead the private sector in launching Film Forward earlier this fall by a number of Washington orgs, led by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

The 10 films and their filmmakers will travel to six U.S. states and six countries in an attempt to reach underserved communities. Program commences in New York and Tunisia in December.

U.S. stops include the Saginaw Chippewa Reservation in Grand Rapids, Mich., Piney Woods Boarding School in Jackson, Miss., the Ghetto Film School in the Bronx, and the Puerto Rico Film Society in Puerto Rico. Films will also travel to Kenya, Turkey and China.

In May, the Smithsonian Associates will partner to showcase the films on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Program will conclude in September 2011.

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