Tribeca announces Documentary Competition film selections

The 10th edition of the Tribeca Film Festival, held from April 20 to May 1 in New York City, has announced 44 of its 88 feature-length films, including the Documentary Competition selection.
March 7, 2011

The 10th edition of the Tribeca Film Festival, held from April 2o to May 1 in New York City, has announced 44 of the 88 feature-length films, including the Documentary Competition selection.

The 2011 film slate was chosen from a total of 5,624 submissions, a record number for the fest. New this year, the best new documentary award is open to any filmmaker in the fest making the North American or wider premiere of his or her first feature film.

The 12 documentary features making their North American, international, or world premieres will compete for combined unrestricted cash prizes amounting to $150,000 and donated artwork.  Films in this section compete for best documentary feature, best new documentary director, and best editing.

The slate includes Bombay Beach, directed by Alma Har’el.  The film tells the story of the Salton Sea and the cast of characters that lives there.  

Also in competition is The Bully Project, an investigation into the bullying crisis, from director Lee Hirsch. The doc takes the point of view of several students who are at the brunt of the bullying.


The Carrier gives a voice to a young Zambian mother who has found out she is HIV positive. The world premiere film is directed by Maggie Betts.  

The North American premiere of Cinema Komunisto, directed by Mila Turajlic, tells the history of Yogoslavian cinema through the eyes of Leka Konstantinovic, who was the personal film projectionist for Yugoslavian president and noted film enthusiast Josip Broz Tito.  


Despicable Dick and Righteous Richard is a story of redemption, from director Joshua Neale.  The film follows recovering alcoholic Richard as he makes amends to a long list of people he’s wronged for 50 years.

Give Up Tomorrow is a look at a high profile murder case in the Philippines, directed by Michael Collins. In 1997, Paco Larrañaga was arrested for the murder of two teenage sisters and over 13 years he’s been at the center of what has become a murder mystery, a courtroom drama, and an indictment of national corruption .


Sushi lovers will enjoy David Gelb’s Jiro Dreams of Sushi, which follows 85-year-old master sushi chef Jiro Ono as he prepares artisan sushi for his restaurant, which has earned three Michelin stars, and the complicated relationship between Jiro and his sons.  

Koran By Heart, directed by Greg Barker, is an inspirational competition film following talented Muslim youth as they take part in Cairo’s world-renowned Koran-recitation competition.  


Love During Wartime is a modern day Romeo and Juliet story, focusing on an Israeli woman and a Palestinian man who are newlyweds and forced to live in exile. The doc is directed and written by Gabriella Bier.  

A four year old boy picked from India’s slums to be a marathon prodigy is the subject of Gemma Atwal’s Marathon Boy. The doc follow’s Budhia’s roller-coaster journey which begins as an uplifting story of promise and opportunity to one of greed, corruption, and broken dreams. 

Our School (Scoala Noastra) puts the spotlight on the Roma community, in a film directed by Mona Nicoara and Miruna Coca-Cozma. Three Roma children in a rural Transylvanian village are some of the pioneer participants in a program to integrate the ethnically segregated Romanian schools.

Lastly, Semper Fi: Always Faithful, directed by Rachel Libert and Tony Hardmon, tells the story of an Iraq war veteran who becomes an activist when his 9-year-old daughter dies from a rare type of leukemia. His search for the reasons behind her death brings him to the discovery of the largest water contamination sites in U.S. history.

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