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Hot Docs-Blue Ice Docs Fund 2016

In its sixth round of disbursements, Hot Docs-Blue Ice Docs Fund selected eight African film projects to receive a total of $103,000.

Development Grant Recipients

Director: Yakout Elhababi
Producer: Vincent Mellili, Hind Saih, Karoline Henkel
Production Company: ESAV Prod, Bellota Films, Woodwater Films
Country: Morocco, France, Germany

High in the Rif Mountains of Morocco the people survive by growing kif. Beneath the shadow of the ambiguous legality of the crop, Behind the Doors tells the story of a family through its children and their mirroring games.

Director: Sihle Hlophe
Producer: Sarah Basyouny
Production Company: Passion Seed Communications
Country: South Africa

When an opinionated filmmaker agrees to marry her long-term boyfriend, her feminist self is conflicted about whether to allow him to pay lobola (bride price) or not.

Director: Zippy Kimundu, Meena Nanji
Producer: Meena Nanji, Zippy Kimundu
Production Company: AfroFilms International
Country: Kenya

Testament excavates the hidden history of the Kenyan independence struggle from the perspective of those at its frontlines. Through a woman’s journey, this film reveals a brutal colonial regime, examines its legacy and connects it to contemporary Kenyan issues.

Director: Yuri Ceuninck
Producer: Yuri Ceuninck
Production Company: Kori Kaxoru Films
Country: Cape Verde

They believed they could get God’s forgiveness by confessing all their sins, so they did. They publicly confessed their worst secrets and posted them on Facebook. Society got to know them and so did the State’s institutions. But the forgiveness of God and that of men do not work the same way.

Production Grant Recipients

Film Information: Withheld

AS I WANT Director: Samaher Alqadi
Producer: Karim El Hakim
Production Company: Prophecy Films
Country: Egypt

An Arab woman awakens an emotional crossroads between society’s expectations of a repressed life, and living the free life she wants. An intimate self-examination ensues exposing the taboos that controlled her Palestinian childhood, which she continues to face as a grown woman living in downtown Cairo.

Director: Mayye Zayed
Producer: Mayye Zayed, Moritz Helmes
Production Company: Rufy’s Films, Zum Goldenen Lamm Filmproduktion
Country: Egypt, Germany

A coming of age story about 14-year-old Zebiba, a young Egyptian girl who dreams of being a world champion weightlifter. With the help of her coach Captain Ramadan and against all odds, she pursues this unusual dream.

Director: Shameela Seedat
Producer: Shameela Seedat, Francois Verster, Neil Brandt, Brechtje Smidt, Dan Jawitz
Production Company: Undercurrent Film & Television (UFT), Fireworx Media (FWM), Dutch Picture Industry (DPI)
Country: South Africa

Whispering Truth to Power tells the story of South Africa’s first female public protector, Thuli Madonsela, a courageous woman who challenged the country’s most powerful politicians to protect the constitution and bring justice to ordinary people. With exclusive access, the film follows Madonsela and her team during her last year in office.

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