Grants & Awards

By: Date | Title

Afghan Justice

Afghan Justice

Kimberley Motley left her husband and three kids in the US in order to work as a defense lawyer in Kabul. She is the first and only foreign lawyer to litigate in Afghanistan’s courts... More »

– by Nicole N. Horanyi

2014

What Tomorrow Brings

What Tomorrow Brings

In the rural, conservative Afghan village of Deh Subz, the first girls’ school opens, challenging centuries-old social traditions against the backdrop of the U.S. withdrawal from the war on terror... More »

– by Beth Murphy

Winter 2010 & 2014

Citizenfour

– by Laura Poitras

2014

Diamond, Silver & Gold

Diamond, Silver & Gold

A look into the origins of life, synthetic diamonds and other nagging problems... More »

– by Jason Kohn

Winter 2011 & 2014

Evolution of a Criminal

Evolution of a Criminal

How does a 16 year-old evolve into a bank robber?.. More »

– by Darius Clark Monroe

Summer 2008, 2013 & 2014

Point and Shoot

Point and Shoot

In 2007, Matt VanDyke set off on a 35,000 mile motorcycle adventure that eventually led him to Libya. With a gun in one hand and a camera in the other, he participated in and documented the war... More »

– by Marshall Curry

2013

E-Team

E-Team

A chronicle of the intense and courageous work of three investigators working to expose international human rights abuses... More »

– by Katy Chevigny & Ross Kauffman

2012 & 2013

Marmato

Marmato

In a historic Colombian gold-mining town, the miners’ way of life is threatened as a multinational mining company plans a total takeover... More »

– by Mark Grieco

Winter 2009, Summer 2011 & 2013

The Silk Railroad

The Silk Railroad

The construction of a railroad linking Turkey, Azerbaijan and Georgia promises wealth and opportunity, but for those living along the route it opens old wounds and new divisions... More »

– by Martin DiCicco

2012

Narco Cultura

Narco Cultura

An explosive look at drug cartels’ pop culture influence on both sides of the border as experienced by an LA narcocorrido singer dreaming of stardom and a Juarez crime scene investigator on the front line of Mexico’s Drug War... More »

– by Shaul Schwarz

Winter 2011 & 2012

Cutie and the Boxer

Cutie and the Boxer

A reflection on love, sacrifice, and the creative spirit, this candid New York tale explores the chaotic forty year marriage of famed boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and artist Noriko Shinohara... More »

– by Zachary Heinzerling

Winter 2011 & Summer 2011 & 2012

Bugarach

Bugarach

Five characters face the alleged end of the world in Bugarach, the only place in the world that is supposed to be saved from the apocalypse. D-day is approaching and fear, hope, faith, fame or greed are emerging. A fable in the shape of an existentialist comedy about the spiritual crisis of the West... More »

– by Ventura Durall, Sergi Cameron and Salvador Sunyer

2012

Our Nixon

Our Nixon

Newly uncovered Super 8 home movies filmed by Richard Nixon’s closest aides – and fellow Watergate conspirators – offer an intimate and surprising new glimpse into his presidency... More »

– by Penny Lane

Summer 2011 & 2012

Vidal v. Buckley

Vidal v. Buckley

The ten nationally televised 1968 debates between Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley defined a new era of public discourse, demarcating the moment that TV’s political ambition shifted from narrative to spectacle... More »

– by Robert Gordon & Morgan Neville

2012

Before You Know It

Before You Know It

This film captures the experiences of several LGBTQ seniors as they navigate the adventures, challenges and surprises of their “golden years.”.. More »

– by PJ Raval

Summer 2009 & 2012

Elephant’s Dream

Elephant’s Dream

This story of public sector workers in a rail station, post office and the only fire station in Kinshasa offers poetic and compassionate insight into a country in transition, and lives lived beyond chaos... More »

– by Kristof Bilsen

Summer 2011 & 2012

Garnet’s Gold

Garnet’s Gold

One extraordinary man’s quixotic and recklessly brave adventure in search of hidden treasure, in a belated rite of passage to reclaim his soul and rediscover the meaning of his life... More »

– by Ed Perkins

2012

This is Congo

This is Congo

An in-depth look at the Democratic Republic of Congo’s resource wars, driven by the multiple perspectives of those directly involved and affected... More »

– by Daniel McCabe

2012

God Loves Uganda

God Loves Uganda

A powerful exploration of the evangelical campaign to change African culture with values imported from America’s Christian Right. The film follows American and Ugandan religious leaders fighting “sexual immorality” and missionaries trying to convince Ugandans to follow Biblical law... More »

– by Roger Ross Williams

Summer 2011 & 2012

The Angola Project

The Angola Project

A post-colonial western-meets-road film about the fevered reconstruction of the Benguela Transcontinental Railway and the African and Chinese lives that are intertwined because of it... More »

– by Jeremy Xido

Winter 2011

The Mosuo Sisters

The Mosuo Sisters

Two spirited daughters from China's last remaining matriarchal society are thrust into the worldwide economic downturn when they lose the only jobs they've ever known... More »

– by Marlo Poras

Summer 2009 & Summer 2011

Informant

Informant

An investigation into the turbulent life and journey of a prominent radical activist turned FBI informant... More »

– by Jamie Meltzer

Summer 2010 & Summer 2011

The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga

The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga

Following fairy-tales and personal memories like a trail of breadcrumbs, this descent into Eastern Europe’s haunted woodlands uncovers the secrets and bloody histories that shape our understanding of man’s place in nature... More »

– by Jessica Oreck

Winter 2011

The Great Invisible

The Great Invisible

A chilling corporate thriller and heartbreaking human drama about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill through the stories of people – from rig workers to Gulf Coast residents - still recovering from the aftermath long after the world moved on... More »

– by Margaret Brown

Winter 2011

Strong Island

Strong Island

A documentary about the violent death of the filmmaker's brother nearly 20 years ago, and how the collision of silence, fear and the judiciary allowed his killer to go free... More »

– by Yance Ford

Winter 2011 & Summer 2009

Call Me Kuchu

Call Me Kuchu

As state-sanctioned homophobia reaches new heights in Uganda, David Kato, the country’s first openly gay man, will stop at nothing to liberate the LGBT community... More »

– by Katherine Fairfax Wright & Malika Zouhali-Worrall

Summer 2011

Citizen Koch

Citizen Koch

A story about money, power and democracy in the aftermath of the US Supreme Court’s recent decision to treat corporations as citizens... More »

– by Carl Deal & Tia Lessin

Summer 2011

Just Do It: A Tale of Modern-Day Outlaws

Just Do It: A Tale of Modern-Day Outlaws

An observational documentary providing unprecedented access to the environmental direct action movement in the UK... More »

– by Emily James

Winter 2011

States

States

The world’s only freelance diplomats guide non-states in their struggle for recognition, through the pageantry of international affairs... More »

– by David Soll

Winter 2011

Tchoupitoulas

Tchoupitoulas

Three young brothers explore the New Orleans night... More »

– by Bill Ross & Turner Ross

Winter 2010 & Summer 2011

Powerless

Powerless

In Kanpur, India, hundreds of people risk their lives to climb up electricity poles to steal electricity. As police vehicles roll in to stop the theft, the lines are drawn for a battle over electricity... More »

– by Fahad Mustafa & Deepti Kakkar

Summer 2011

City of the Lost Caesars

City of the Lost Caesars

Five hundred years ago a group of conquerors disappeared in Patagonia. They built a City entirely in Gold. They are alive. Whoever sets foot on it becomes immortal, but loses memory. It is the City of the Lost Caesars and you have come here to find it... More »

– by Francisco Herve

Summer 2011

The Patron Saints

The Patron Saints

A disquieting and hyperrealistic glimpse into life at a nursing home... More »

– by Brian M. Cassidy & Melanie Shatzky

Winter 2011 & Winter 2009

Code of the West

Code of the West

Reflecting the controversies enveloping the marijuana industry throughout the United States, Montana braces itself to become the first state to repeal a medical marijuana law... More »

– by Rebecca Richman Cohen

Winter 2011 & Summer 2011

Inside Out – The People’s Art Project

Inside Out – The People’s Art Project

A look at the journey charted by the artist JR as he leads a global participatory art project that empowers people to not just see art but to make it... More »

– by Alastair Siddons

Summer 2011

BURN

BURN

A front-line look at the city of Detroit, as seen through the eyes of its firefighters, who are some of the busiest in the world... More »

– by Tom Putnam & Brenna Sanchez

Summer 2010

Burma Soldier

Burma Soldier

Tells the powerful story of a Burmese soldier who swapped sides to join Aung San Suu Kyi's struggle for a democratic Burma... More »

– by Nic Dunlop, Annie Sundberg, Ricki Stern

Winter 2010

Donor Unknown

Donor Unknown

A twenty-first century tale of identity and genetic inheritance, and perhaps the family of the future... More »

– by Jerry Rothwell

Winter 2010

Charge (Working Title)

Charge (Working Title)

The next frontier in natural resource exploration is the Salar de Uyuni, a remote salt flat in southern Bolivia that contains more than half of the global reserve of lithium... More »

– by Mike Plunkett

Winter 2010

Reportero

Reportero

There are ebbs and flows to the news cycle, but what is the deeper story of a place? That is the question tugging at a veteran reporter and photojournalist on the Mexican border... More »

– by Bernardo Ruiz

Winter 2010

The Boy Mir

The Boy Mir

The film tracks the irrepressible and lovable Mir as he journeys into early adulthood from a naïve 8-year-old to a fully grown adult in one of the toughest place on earth - Afghanistan... More »

– by Phil Grabsky

Winter 2010

The Shark’s Eye (El Ojo Del Tiburon)

The Shark’s Eye (El Ojo Del Tiburon)

A coming of age film set in the forgotten Caribbean coast of Nicaragua where opportunities for young people are scarce and drug trafficking seems to be an easier way to make a living... More »

– by Alejo Hoijman

Summer 2010

Moving (working title)

Moving (working title)

Explores something all humans do in some form: jump the fence to see if the grass really is greener on the other side... More »

– by Hamid Rahmanian & Melissa Hibbard

Winter 2010

Dragonslayer

Dragonslayer

The transmissions of a lost kid, falling in love, in the suburbs of Fullerton, California. Featuring skateboarding, the usual drugs, and stray glimpses of unusual beauty... More »

– by Tristan Patterson

Winter 2010 & Summer 2010

Laura

Laura

A Brazilian immigrant living in New York City lives two contradictory lives. At night she crashes the most glamorous and exclusive parties, while each day she struggles to cheat poverty... More »

– by Fellipe Barbosa

Winter 2010

The World Before Her

The World Before Her

A provocative portrait exploring the choices and contradictions facing young women in India today... More »

– by Nisha Pahuja

Winter 2010

Planet of Snail

Planet of Snail

Young-Chan comes from the Planet of Snail. Dwellers of this tiny planet are deaf and blind, and call themselves 'snails' because they rely only on their tactile senses, and communicating by touch... More »

– by Seung-Jun Yi

Summer 2010

Teenage

Teenage

An film about the invention of teenagers... More »

– by Matt Wolf

Summer 2010

Delta Boys

Delta Boys

Explores the untold stories of the Niger Delta and the Niger Delta militancy... More »

– by Andrew Berends

Summer 2009

Girl Model

Girl Model

Follows a complex supply chain between Siberia, Japan, and the U.S. within the modeling industry... More »

– by David Redmon & Ashley Sabin

Summer 2010 & Summer 2009

Phantom Cowboys

Phantom Cowboys

Joins three contemporary American rituals for a sociological inspection of the fading identity of small-town America and the evolving myth of the American Dream... More »

– by Daniel Carbone & Annie P. Waldman

Summer 2009

A Small Act

A Small Act

A young Kenyan's life is changed dramatically when his education is sponsored by a Swedish stranger... More »

– by Jennifer Arnold

Summer 2009

Watchers of the Sky

Watchers of the Sky

Traversing time and continents to explore genocide and the world's response... More »

– by Edet Belzberg

Winter 2009

The World in a Room

The World in a Room

What happens when teenagers raised in different cultures around the world are brought together in a single NYC classroom?.. More »

– by Tanaz Eshaghian

Summer 2009

Savior

Savior

This is the story of the dramatic and extreme measures one man is taking in order to save himself and those he loves from the oncoming apocalypse in 2012... More »

– by Darius Marder

2009

Bully

Bully

"A year in the life" of America's bullying crisis that offers an intimate look at how bullying has touched the lives of five kids and their families... More »

– by Lee Hirsch

Summer 2009

Up Heartbreak Hill

Up Heartbreak Hill

Chronicles the lives of three high school seniors living on the Navajo Nation, struggling to shape their identities as both Native Americans and modern Americans... More »

– by Erica Scharf

Summer 2009

Bronx Princess

Bronx Princess

Follows headstrong 17-year-old Rocky's journey as she leaves behind her mother in New York City to reunite with her father, a chief in Ghana, West Africa... More »

– by Yoni Brook and Musa Syeed

Winter 2008

Pushing the Elephant

Pushing the Elephant

When war came to Rose’s village in the DRC, she was separated from her five-year-old daughter, Nangabire. Over a decade later, they are reunited in the U.S., where they must face the past and build a new future... More »

– by Beth Davenport and Elizabeth Mandel

Summer 2008

Summer Pasture

Summer Pasture

In recent years, growing pressures from the outside world have posed unprecedented challenges for Tibetan nomads... More »

– by Lynn True & Nelson Walker & Tsering Perlo

2008

When Two Worlds Collide

When Two Worlds Collide

Providing a unique insight into modern day Amazonian life, this film reveals how Peruvian indigenous natives are being threatened to fuel the illusion of our only possible subsistence; oil... More »

– by Yachaywasi Films

2008

Sister Surfers

Sister Surfers

Follows a unique group of women who are carrying on the true spirit of surfing as a cultural, community and spiritual practice with deep roots in ancient Polynesia... More »

– by Karin Williams

Summer 2008

October Country

October Country

An American family struggles for stability while haunted by the ghosts of war, teen pregnancy, foster care and child abuse... More »

– by Michael Palmieri & Donal Mosher

2008

Resist the Power! Saudi Arabia

Resist the Power! Saudi Arabia

Offers an authentic look at the young men and women in Saudi Arabia that are curious about the world around them and hungry for change... More »

– by Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady

2008

High-Rise (Um Lugar ao Sol)

High-Rise (Um Lugar ao Sol)

Explores the social and cultural mindset of the Brazilian elite via dialogues with the owners of eight penthouses in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and Recife... More »

– by Gabriel Mascaro

Summer 2008

A Jihad For Love

A Jihad For Love

Fourteen centuries after the revelation of the holy Qur’an to the Prophet Muhammad, Islam today is the world’s second largest and fastest growing religion... More »

– by Parvez Sharma

Winter 2008

Cinema Encounters in Tehran

Cinema Encounters in Tehran

A 40 minute documentary that follows two young American filmmakers’ journey to Iran for the 2007 Verite Film Festival... More »

– by Yoni Brook and Musa Syeed

2007

Children of War

Children of War

Set in Uganda, CHILDREN OF WAR chronicles the daily struggle towards rehabilitation and reconciliation by a group of recently escaped child soldiers of the Lord’s Resistance Army... More »

– by Bryan Single

2007

Iron Ladies of Liberia

Iron Ladies of Liberia

After 14 years of a brutal civil war, Liberia elects its first female president-Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, nicknamed the Iron Lady... More »

– by Daniel Junge & Siatta Scott-Johnson

2006

New World Water

New World Water

NEW WORLD WATER captures the story of man’s rapidly changing relationship with water and the environment at the dawn of the 21st century... More »

– by William O'Marra

2006

Hometown Baghdad

Hometown Baghdad

An online web series produced by Chat the Planet, tells the stories of three young Iraqis struggling to survive in Baghdad during the war... More »

– by Kate Hillis & Ziad Turkey

2006

A Son’s Sacrifice

A Son’s Sacrifice

Follows the journey of Imran, a young American Muslim who struggles to take over his father's halal slaughterhouse in New York City... More »

– by Yoni Brook & Musa Syeed

2006

Project Kashmir

Project Kashmir

Two American friends from opposite sides of the divide, investigate the war in Kashmir and find their friendship tested over deeply rooted political, cultural and religious biases... More »

– by Senain Kheshgi and Geeta V. Patel

2006