The Sundance Institute will be ushering in its new initiative, Film Forward: Advancing Cultural Dialogue, with five U.S. film and five international films. The selected films and their filmmakers will tour under served communities in the U.S. and abroad, including the Saginaw Chippewa Reservation in Grand Rapids, Michigan; Piney Woods Boarding School in Jackson, Mississippi; the Ghetto Film School in the Bronx, New York; the Puerto Rico Film Society in Puerto Rico, while American embassies abroad will host the Film Forward program in Tunisia, Kenya, Turkey and China. The ten Film Forward docs are A Small Act, directed by Jennifer Arnold; Stanley Nelson’s Freedom Riders; Afghan Star directed by Havana Marking and Last Train Home from Lixin Fan. The fiction films are Amreeka directed by Cherien Dabis; La Mission directed by Peter Bratt; Winter’s Bone, directed by Debra Granik; Boy, directed by Taika Waititi; Son of Babylon by Mohamed Al-Daradji, and Udaan, directed by Vikramaditya Motwane. The program wraps in September 2011, with a gala showcase of all ten films screened simultaneously on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. in May.
- RS West ’18