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Sundance announces doc slate

The Sundance Institute has announced the lineup of the 25th edition of the Sundance Film Festival. The lineup includes 16 films which were selected for the Documentary Competition. Each film in this category is a world premiere and was selected from 879 submissions.
December 4, 2008

The Sundance Institute has announced the lineup of the 25th edition of the Sundance Film Festival. The lineup includes 16 films which were selected for the Documentary Competition. Each film in this category is a world premiere and was selected from 879 submissions.

No single theme dominates next year’s Sundance Film Festival doc lineup, which includes films that profile a single individual’s life experience, such as Boy Interrupted, the story of one man’s mental illness from the perspective of his mother, who is also the director of the film, as well as William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe the story of late civil rights attorney William Kunstler as examined by his filmmaker daughters, Sarah and Emily Kunstler.

Environmental issues are captured in films such as Joe Belinger’s (Brother’s Keeper, Paradise Lost) new doc Crude, the inside story of the ‘Amazon Chernobyl’ case in Ecuador’s rainforest, and The Cove, which studies a cove off a Japanese costal village where terrible things are happening to whales and dolphins.

Other issues and themes tackled by docs at next year’s fest – which runs from January 15 to 25 in Park City, Utah – include free speech in America in Shouting Fire: Stories from the Edge of Free Speech, the Internet’s impact on human interaction in We Live In Public and African-American hairstyles in Chris Rock’s Good Hair.

There are 16 more docs in the World Cinema Documentary category including John Dower’s Thriller in Manila and a Austria, China, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, US copro on the workings of the global economy Let’s Make Money. For the full festival lineup visit sundance.org/festival

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