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CrossCurrents Doc Fund Recipients

Below are the recipients, to date, of the CrossCurrent Doc Fund.

2017 Interative/Short Stream

Director: Tenzinsedon
Producer: Ming Liu
Production Country: Tibet, China

The old man and his wife, in the face of great changes to their hometown, struggle to defend their own small happiness. Looking back at the lives of the elderly, we see the ancient city of Lhasa in the midst of transformation.

Selection Committee: Robert Lang (Kensington Communications), Stephanie Brown (CBC Indigenous), Elizabeth Radshaw (Hot Docs) and Heidi Tao Yang (Hot Docs)

2016 Theatrical Stream

Director: Runze Yu
Producer: Rongfei Guo
Production Country: China

Homowives offers new insight into the struggles of women constrained by China’s traditional family values through an intimate account of the fragile relationship between closeted filmmaker Runze and his mother.

Director: Alfredo Pourailly De La Plaza
Producers: Francisco Hervé, Alfredo Pourailly De La Plaza
Production Company: Los Olivos Cinema, Panchito Films (Chile)

The Land of Fire is a portrait of a scarcely inhabited territory on one of the most remote places on Earth, with an endless road that has been under construction for more than 100 years, where people drill for oil, hunt wild animals and worship God.

Selection Committee: Min Sook Lee (Tiger Spirit Productions Inc.), Caroline Birks (Panicaro Foundation), Elizabeth Radshaw (Hot Docs), Heidi Tao Yang (Hot Docs).

2016 Interative/Short Stream

Director: Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers
Producer: Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers
Production Country: Canada

Fentanyl—an opiate fifty times stronger than heroin—claimed 20 lives on the Blood Reserve in 2014, leading tribal authorities to declare a state of emergency. When the Dust Settles is the story of one community’s response to crisis and the long road forward.

Selection Committee: Robert Lang (Kensington Communications), Anjali Nayar (Ink & Pepper Productions), Elizabeth Radshaw (Hot Docs) and Heidi Tao Yang (Hot Docs).

2015 Interactive/Short Stream

Production Company: One Eyed Turtle Films
Director: Jayisha Patel
Producers: Ruchi Bhimani, Harini Lakshminarayan
Production Countries: India, UK

Told through the perspective of 13-year-old Kushboo, Circle weaves together her experiences of gang rape, abuse at the hands of her grandmother, and her child marriage to a man she does not know. Despite exchanging one abuser for another, Circle seeks to find hope, where there appears to be none.

Selection Committee: Robert Lang (Kensington Communications), Ann Shin (Fathom Film Group), Elizabeth Radshaw (Hot Docs) and Lisa Plekhanova (Hot Docs)

2014 Interative/Short Stream

Production Company: Chaka Studio
Directors/Producers: Maria Court, Rosemarie Lerner
Executive Producer: Sebastian Melo
Creative Technologist: Ewan Cass-Kavanagh
Country: England, Peru

Inspired by the Quipu, the knotted thread communication system of the Inca Empire, this interactive documentary shares first-hand accounts of people affected by Peru’s forced sterilization policy, which targeted over 300,000 indigenous women and men in the 1990s.

Selection Committee: Robert Lang (Kensington Communications), Nimisha Mukerji (Shot Glass Productions), Elizabeth Radshaw (Hot Docs) and Chloe Sosa-Sims (Hot Docs).

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