Eight films, including Call Me Kuchu (pictured), Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields and Big Boys Gone Bananas!* have been selected to take part in the Good Pitch Europe 2012, a partnership between the Channel 4 Britdoc Foundation and the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program.
The one-day pitching event, held at the Royal Institution of Great Britain in London on June 25, brokers relationships between filmmakers and NGOs, as well as people and organizations that aim to help films’ social and political impact.
The selected films include Big Boys Gone Bananas!*, directed by Fredrik Gertten, which looks at the legal battle between the prodco behind the film BANANAS!* and fruit company Dole; and Call Me Kuchu by Malika Zouhali-Worrall and Katherine Fairfax Wright, which follow’s Uganda’s David Kato, the country’s first openly gay man, and fellow activists as they fight to defeat a bill that threatens to make homosexuality punishable by death.
My Neighbourhood, from Julia Bacha and Rebekah Wingert-Jabi, is a doc following a Palestinian teenager in East Jerusalem; while Kaputt, from Pekka Lehto, looks at the human side of the debt crisis.
State Builders is a doc from Florence Martin-Kessler and Anne Poiret on a United Nations official and the Republic of South Sudan’s vice president as they attempt to shape the world’s newest nation; while The Square, directed by Jehane Noujaim, tells the story of the ongoing struggle in Egypt.
The last two projects taking part in the Good Pitch Europe are Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields, by Callum Macrae, on the Sri Lankan government’s offensive against the Tamil Tigers; and In Your Voice, In Your Heart, by James Hall and Ed Lovelace, tracing musician Edwyn Collins’ journey of rehabilitation after his stroke.
Organizations confirmed for this year’s pitching event include WWF, Oxfam, Human Rights Watch, the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fund, the Wellcome Trust, Amnesty, the BBC, Channel 4, Greenpeace, Kickstarter, the BFI and The Rory Peck Trust, among others.