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Hot Docs-Blue Ice Docs Fund 2017

In its seventh round of disbursements, Hot Docs-Blue Ice Docs Fund selected nine African film projects to receive a total of $125,000.

Development Grants

Director: Lydia Matata
Producer: Achiro Patricia Oluoch
Production Company: The Film and Laundry Company
Country: Kenya

Robert, a Ugandan who does not believe in God, tries to transform his impoverished community through science-based learning while dealing with the stigma and discrimination that comes with being a non-believer in a religious community.

Director: Milisuthando Bongela       Producer: Marion Isaacs      
Production Company: Zalilizwe Picture Projects
Country: South Africa     

Milisuthando explores the story of South Africa’s Model C generation—the first generation of black kids integrated into Whites Only schools immediately after apartheid—told from the personal perspective of Milisuthando, a black South African born and raised during apartheid, but who was unaware of it until it ended.

Director: Mark Kaplan, Rehad Desai
Producer: Zivia Desai Keiper, Rehad Desai
Production Company: Uhuru Productions Pty Ltd, SPV Curveball Productions Pty Ltd
Country: South Africa

The biggest story in post-apartheid South Africa lays bare the political and social skeletons that now haunt the prospects of Mandela’s African National Congress winning the 2019 election.

Director: Rafik Omrani
Producer: Rafik Omrani
Production Company: Majez Production
Country: Tunisia

The most infamous terrorist in Tunisia from 2013-14, Kamel Gadhgadhi, happened to be a close friend of director Rafik Omrani in college. With this film, Omrani reflects on terrorism, and how his old friend who used to be an “ordinary person” turned towards terrorism.

Director: Jihan Kikhia
Producer: Jihan Kikhia
Production Company: Desert Power LLC
Country: Libya

A daughter explores her father’s disappearance, a former Libyan Foreign Minister and peaceful opposition leader to Qaddafi, and pieces together her Syrian-American mother’s 19-year perilous journey through a political labyrinth to find him.

Production Grants

Director: Adeyemi Michael
Producer: Adeyemi Michael
Production Company: Withheld
Country: Withheld

Completion Grants

Director: Mina Nabil
Producer: Mina Nabil, Mark Lotfy
Production Company: Fig Leaf Studios
Country: Egypt

In a male-dominated industry, she was the ultimate career woman. I Am a Script Girl is a close-up and personal examination of the life, challenges and career of the unstoppable Sylvette Baudrot. Today she’s an 89-year-old lady still full of spunk, who worked for 69 years in the film industry.

Director: Maia von Lekow, Christopher King
Producer: Maia von Lekow, Christopher King
Production Company: Circle and Square Productions
Country: Kenya

Kaladze’s city life is interrupted when he hears rumors from home that his grandmother is a witch. Across the entire coast of Kenya, a frenzied mixture of consumerism and Christianity has created a violent chasm between elders and youth. When Kaladze returns to his village to investigate, he discovers a dangerous family dispute that must be resolved before it’s too late.

Director: Samwel Soko Osebe
Producer: Samwel Soko Osebe, Toni Kamau
Production Company: Lightbox
Country: Kenya

As Kenya’s most notorious activist enters mainstream politics to challenge political injustice, he faces questions of the cost of his sacrifices, past and present, from his family and himself.

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