CITIZEN KOCH Among JustFilms Pictures Set for World Premiere at Sundance
Gideon's Army (US Documentary Competition)
Director: Dawn Porter
Three young public defenders in the Deep South face long hours, heavy caseloads and minimal resources in their efforts to ensure that justice is served.
God Loves Uganda (US Documentary Competition)
Director: Roger Ross Williams
With values imported from America's Christian Right , missionaries in Uganda attempt to eliminate "sexual sin" and advance anti-gay legislation.
Mother of George (US Dramatic Competition)
Director: Andrew Dosunmu
One immigrant struggles to balance the expectations of her native Basotho culture and the opportunities of her new life in America.
Outlawed in Pakistan (Shorts Competition)
Directors: Habiba Nosheen and Hilke Schellmann
Pakistani teenager Kainat Soomro, accuses four men from her village of gang-raping her. She takes her case to the Pakistani courts and faces a deeply flawed criminal justice system.
Valentine Road (US Documentary Competition)
Director: Marta Cunningham
In 2008 a 8th grader's murder of his classmate shocked the nation. But both the murderer and the victim had troubled lives that complicate our very notion of justice.
Who is Dayani Cristal ? (US Documentary Competition)
Director: Marc Silver
After one migrant finds himself in a deadly stretch of Arizona desert known as "the corridor of death," his life becomes testimony to the tragic results of the U.S. war on immigration.
JustFilms will also host two panel discussions at the Sundance Festival, at which filmmakers and others will focus on the medium's ability to foment change.
Turning the Tide (Friday, January 18, 1-2:30 pm)
Changing the direction of national discourse can seem an impossible task, but sometimes film can inspire a sea change. From immigration to health to the economy, this year's films suggest that political dialogue is inextricably bound to cultural expression. Artists and activists Pablo Larrain (No), Gael Garcia Bernal (Who Is Dayani Cristal?, No), Jehane Noujaim (The Square) and Robert Reich (Inequality for All) join moderator Orlando Bagwell (Ford Foundation JustFilms) to explore the ways film can activate Grassroots campaigns that alter the course of history.
OP-DOCS (Tuesday, January 22, 4-6 pm)
Op-Docs is The New York Times editorial department's forum for short, opinionated documentaries, created by both renowned and emerging filmmakers, and produced with wide creative latitude and a range of artistic styles, covering current affairs, contemporary life and historical subjects. Filmmakers Heidi Ewing (Detropia), Laura Poitras (The Oath), Dawn Porter (Gideon's Army) and Roger Ross Williams (God Loves Uganda ) join Orlando Bagwell (Ford Foundation JustFilms) and Jason Spingarn-Koff (The New York Times) to discuss the new frontiers of online documentaries and the intersection of filmmaking and opinion journalism.
To view the films the Ford Foundation has supported over its history, visit the foundation's Film Collection.
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The Ford Foundation is an independent, nonprofit grant-making organization. For more than 75 years it has worked with courageous people on the frontlines of social change worldwide, guided by its mission to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote internationAl Cooperation, and advance human achievement. With headquarters in New York, the foundation has offices in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.
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