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Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund 2013

Development Grant Recipients

FREEDOM FIELDS
Director: Naziha Arebi
Producers: Naziha Arebi, Flore Cosquer
Production Company: Huna Productions (Libya), SDI (UK)
Country: Libya

At the turbulent dawn of a nation once cut off from the world, a dynamic group of women from fractured sides of the revolution come together with one common goal—their dream to form Libya’s first national women’s football team.

WIZARD OF ZIM
Director and Producer: Samora Sekhukhune
Country: South Africa

Father and daughter set out on a road trip hoping to meet President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe and come face to face with half-truths, and secrets about politics, global media and each other, along the way.

WHERE THE DESERT MEETS THE MOUNTAIN
Director: Saad Eddine Said
Producer: Saad Eddine Said
Country: Morocco

The film shares the memories of Said, a nomad who left his community decades ago to settle in industrial Casablanca, supplemented by stories of the daily lives of the last nomad families trying to survive the Atlas Mountains.


Production Grant Recipients

GITI–PARADISE IN HELL
Director: Yves Montand Niyongabo
Production Company: Almond Tree Films
Country: Rwanda

The 1994 nation-wide genocide of Tutsis in Rwanda claimed an estimated one million lives, but the Hutu residents of Giti, a small Rwandan village, stood against all odds and refused the government’s call to participate in the slaughter of their Tutsi friends, family and neighbours.

THE REVOLUTION WON’T BE TELEVISED
Director: Rama Thiaw
Producer: Rama Thiaw
Country: Senegal

Thiat and Kilifeu, two Senegalese activists and hip-hop singers, experienced a year of revolution in 2012. Their story highlights the emerging African urban youth movement, and how youth involved in hip-hop culture helped to radically transform the Senegalese civil society. The revolution won’t be televised, but it will be documented.

Completion Grant Recipients

EGYPT’S MODERN PHARAOHS
Director: Jihan El-Tahri
Producer: Laurence Uebersfeld
Production Company: Big Sister
Country: Egypt

EGYPT’S MODERN PHARAOHS is an autopsy of Egypt’s contemporary history from 1952 to 2011, including its role on the international stage. Political, military and religious key characters, as well as personalities from civil society, will provide an in-depth understanding of how revolution in Egypt was inevitable.

THE SHORE BREAK
Director: Ryley Grunenwald
Producer: Ryley Grunenwald, Odette Geldenhuys
Production Company: Marie-Vérité Films, frank films
Country: South Africa

Two cousins from South Africa’s Wild Coast are pitted against one another in a battle for retaining their traditional way of life through eco-tourism or foregoing it by mining their land in the name of development.

WHEN BUDDHA COMES TO AFRICA
Director: Nicole Schafer
Producer: Nicole Schafer
Production Company: Thinking Strings Media
Country: South Africa

A unique glimpse into the complex relationship between China and Africa through the story of a Malawian teenager growing up in a Chinese Buddhist orphanage, and a Buddhist monk on a mission to spread his faith and save the orphans of Africa.

THE PHOTOGRAPH
Director: Victor Viyuoth
Producer: Victor Viyuoh, Miramu Amadou
Production Company: FINTU FILMS
Country: Cameroon

THE PHOTOGRAPH explores why 25 rural Cameroonian Muslim girls posed for their first group picture at the 1981 Eid al Adha, who was left out, and what has happened to these women who came of age as HIV became a widespread global issue.



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