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CrossCurrents Doc Funds Recipients

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

2019 Interative/Short Stream
Selection Committee: Robert Lang (Kensington Communications), Nyla Innuksuk (Mixtape VR), Elizabeth Radshaw (Hot Docs), Olena Decock (Hot Docs)

Director: Tamana Ayazi and Ali Atif
Producer: Tamana Ayazi
Production Company: Independent
The Kirgiz Khan and his family struggle in the high Pamir mountains of Afghanistan, where human existence seems impossible. Their connection to their motherland grows stronger yet their lives becomes uncertain day by day.

2019 Theatrical Stream
Selection Committee: Caroline Birks (Panicaro Foundation), Nanfu Wang (Next Generation Production), Elizabeth Radshaw (Hot Docs), Olena Decock (Hot Docs).

Director: Mina Keshavarz
Producer: Mina Keshavarz, Gerd Haag, Kerstin Krieg
Production Country: Iran, Germany
Description: Withheld

2019 CrossCurrents Canada Doc Fund
Awarded $160,000 to six projects

Selection Committee: Olena Decock (Hot Docs), Samara Grace Chadwick (Points North Institute), Selwyn Jacob (NFB), Alexandra Lazarowich (filmmaker), Elizabeth Radshaw (Hot Docs), Rama Rau (filmmaker).


Director/Producer: Chris Strikes
Follow Toronto’s Caribbean Carnival’s queen, Joella Crichton, in her final year competing for the crown. Will she win for an unprecedented tenth time and make history?

GAAG.IID (short/mid-length)
Director/Producer: Kristi Lane Sinclair
The story of Gaag.iid is a story that all Haida kids grow up hearing. If you get lost in the bush or if your boat gets lost, you may become Gaag.iid. This doc looks at “What is a Gaag.iid?” There are varying stories going around Haida Gwaii—is it just a “wild man,” or is it a supernatural being or a Sasquatch? Is it all these things, or just folklore to keep kids from straying too far?

Director: Lulu Wei     
Producer: Ali Weinstein     
Follow the community of Toronto’s historic Mirvish Village as they are forced to relocate after the space is sold to developers. Through their eyes, we learn about a history of immigration, a housing crisis in the downtown core, and the power that brick and mortar buildings can have on our hearts.


BLACK ZOMBIE (feature)
Director: Maya Annik Bedward 
Producer: Kate Fraser, Maya Annik Bedward
Black Zombie is a feature doc about the most misunderstood monster of our time. Tracing its origins from Haitian folklore to Hollywood horror, the film investigates common misrepresentations of the zombie to reveal its connection to slavery and movements of resistance.

DIGITAL MEMORY (short/mid-length)
Director/Producer: Andréanne Germain
Still haunted by nightmares ten years later, an ex-reality TV contestant with no memory of the experience retraces what really happened through the show’s unedited tapes.

Director: Émilie Martel      
Producer: Kristel Viduka, Émilie Martel
Before becoming a Canadian citizenship judge, Suzanne Pinel won the heart of millions of francophone kids throughout Canada as her character Marie-Soleil. For the first time since her show, Suzanne returns to the screen to tell us untold stories and valuable life lessons.

2018 Interative/Short Stream

Director: Mira Sidawi  
Producer: Mira Sidawi
Production Country: Lebanon
Four teenage refugees, training as journalists in a Lebanese camp, hatch a crazy plan to make a film that will convince Pink Floyd to reunite and play a concert in their camp.

Selection Committee: Robert Lang (Kensington Communications), Paramita Nath (Chitra Film & Media), Ryan Harrington (Hot Docs), Heidi Tao Yang (Hot Docs)

2018 Theatrical Stream

Director: Hassan Fazili
Producer: Emelie Mahdavian, Su Kim
Production Country: Afghanistan
When the Taliban puts a bounty on Afghan director Hassan Fazili’s head, he is forced to flee with his wife and two young daughters. Capturing their uncertain journey, Fazili shows firsthand the dangers facing refugees seeking asylum and the love shared between a family on the run.

Director: Zeshawn Ali
Producer: Aman Ali
Production Country: USA
The story of a Muslim Mortician and casket-maker in Newark, NJ, who takes two young men under his wing to teach them how to build caskets, wash bodies and how to live.

Selection Committee: Caroline Birks (Panicaro Foundation), Lea Marin (NFB), Ryan Harrington (Hot Docs), Heidi Tao Yang (Hot Docs)

2017 Interative/Short Stream

KORA: A CIRCLE LIFE (formerly The Old Man)
Director: Tenzin Sedon
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

MY MOM AND MY LITTLE SECRET (formerly Homowives)
Director: Runze Yu
Production Company: Runze Productions
Production Country: China
An intimate portrait of the filmmaker—a closeted gay man—and his estranged mother, living in Beijing. She desperately wants him to get married and have children. Will revealing his secret bring their family closer together or tear it apart completely?

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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