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Hot Docs-Blue Ice Docs Fund 2018

In its eigth round of disbursements, Hot Docs-Blue Ice Docs Fun selected eight African film projects to receive a total of $115,000.


Hot Docs-Blue Ice Docs Fund Development Grants

FELA
Director/Producer: Biyi Bandele
Production Company: Mama Put Productions
Country: Nigeria
Fela Kuti was a musical visionary and a hedonist, a revolutionary and a polygamist. Twenty years after he died of AIDS, Afrobeat has become a global phenomenon. This feature documentary is the definitive story of the musician and his life.

THE NIGHTS STILL SMELL OF GUNPOWDER
Director: Inadelso Cossa
Producers: Inadelso Cossa, Thomas Kaske, Emilie Dodognon, Eyal Sivan
Production Company: 16 MM FILMES, KASKE Film, IDA.IDA, Momento!
Country: Mozambique, Germany, France
Troubled by his childhood memories during the civil war time in Mozambique, a filmmaker returns to his grandmother’s village to question the real story behind his false memory. Today the ghosts of war still dwell among the people in the village. The rifles may be no more, but the nights still smell of gunpowder.

THE RADICAL
Director: Richard Finn Gregory
Producers: Kelly Scott, Iris Lammertsma
Production Company: GOOD WORK
Country: South Africa
A fashion designer who became the world’s first openly gay imam fights against the intolerance of conservative Islam. The surrounding community of young, queer Muslims remix their religion to include their beliefs.

THE VANISHING
Director: Rama Thiaw
Producers: Rama Thiaw, Laurent Duret
Production Company: Boul Fallé Images, BACHIBOUZOUK
Country: Senegal
One evening in August 2012, Mariama, the filmmaker’s mother, vanished. She has been searching for her ever since but hasn’t found a single trace. What remains of Mariama? The Vanishing is a way of bringing an invisible to light.


Hot Docs-Blue Ice Docs Fund Production Grants

THE BILLION DOLLAR ROAD (formerly ON THE WAY TO THE BILLION)
Director/Producer: Dieudo Hamadi
Production Company: Kiripifilms
Country: Republic Democratic of Congo
The victim’s association of the Six Days War in Kisangani, DRC, journeys to Kinshasa to continue the fight for compensation and recognition.

TESTAMENT
Directors/Producers: Zippy Kimundu, Meena Nanji
Production Company: AfroFilms International
Country: Kenya
A Kenyan woman’s search for her father’s remains becomes an investigation into a buried history of British colonial atrocities and their legacy in Kenya today.

ZINDER
Director: Aicha Macky
Producers: Ousmane Samasekou, Clara Vuillermoz
Production Company: Tabous Production, Les Films Du Balibari
Country: Niger
Zinder used to be a peaceful city at the crossroads of the Sahel Region. Lately, gangs of hopeless young people are spreading fear. A native of Zinder, the director will explore the roots of this violence and give a voice to counter radicalization.


Hot Docs-Blue Ice Docs Completion Fund Grants

TURKANA: RACE FOR RESOURCES
Director: Jackie Lebo
Producer: Chelagat Tum
Production Company: Content House Kenya
Country: Kenya
The battle for Kenya’s great northern desert country is observed as this forgotten community grapples with the consequences of a big oil find on their land.


Reading Committee: Claire Diao (Awotele), Marouan Omara (filmmaker), Soko Sam (filmmaker)

Selection Committee: Ama Ampadu (Monday Films), Keith Shiri (film curator), M. Siam (filmmaker), Elizabeth Radshaw (Hot Docs), Olena Decock (Hot Docs), Neil Tabatznik (Blue Ice Group)



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