Sundance shines grants upon 14 docs

Selections rep a range of topics

HOLLYWOOD — The Sundance Institute Documentary Fund has selected 14 documentary projects to receive the org’s 2003 grants.

Fund supports U.S. and international documentaries that focus on “human rights issues, freedom of expression, social justice and civil liberties.” Film projects are chosen by a committee of human rights experts and film professionals.

This year’s selections rep a range of topics, including the trial of an accused war criminal, perspectives on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and human rights issues in South Africa.

Grant recipients are “Milosevic on Trial,” Michael Christoffersen (Denmark); “Mafeteeh,” Saleem Daw (Palestine/Israel); “Justice,” Fabrizio Lazzaretti (Italy); “Valley of Tears,” Hart Perry (U.S.); “The Boy With No Face,” Foke Ryden (Sweden); “Freedom Machines,” Jamie Stobie (U.S.); “On the Objection Front — A Personal Journey,” Shiri Tsur (Israel); “The Wall,” Simone Bitton (France); “Two Men Talking,” Doug Block (U.S.); “Operation Spring,” Angelika Schuster and Tristan Sindelgruber (Austria); “Advise and Dissent,” David Van Taylor (U.S.); “Garden,” Adi Barash and Ruthie Shatz (Israel); “Red Hook Justice,” Meema Spadola (U.S.); and “Pink Inferno/Four Prison Stories,” Liliana Sulzbach (Brazil).

Fund is supported by a $4.6 million grant from the Gotham-based Open Society Institute. Past beneficiaries include Oscar-nominated pics “Daughter From Danang” and “Long Night’s Journey Into Day.”

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