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Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund 2015

In the fifth round of disbursements, Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fun selected eight African film projects to receive a total of $125,000.

Development Grant Recipients

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

As I Want is a first-person narrative by an Arab woman who experiences an awakening, forcing her to confront the repressed life she is expected to lead and the freedom she desires.

DAYS OF CANNIBALISM
Director: Teboho Edkins
Producer: Don Edkins
Production Company: Day Zero Films
Country: South Africa

A story about China and Africa, Days of Cannibalism moves from a hotel in Guangzhou to a bar in Lesotho, taking us deep into the lives of those living in the shadow of new economic realities.

TREASURES FROM HEAVEN
Director: Adnane Baraka
Producer: Sarah Lamrini
Production Company: Arkhabil Films
Country: Morocco

A Moroccan nomad, a businessman and a scientist search for valuable meteorite debris dispersed in the desert of Western Sahara, desperate to change their own lives.

THE OTHER HALF OF THE AFRICAN SKY
Director: Tapiwa Chipfupa
Producers: Tapiwa Chipfupa, Ben Mahaka
Production Company: Mahaka Media, TC Pictures
Country: Zimbabwe

Estranged from her family by a dispute over her marriage, Tapiwa Chipfupa attempts to reconcile the situation through encounters with other Zimbabwean women in this brutally honest and vivid portrait of contemporary Zimbabwe and its vast contradictions.

THE SECOND REVOLUTION
Director: Khalo Matabane
Producer: Neil Brandt
Co-Producers: Carolyn Carew, Dan Jawitz
Production Company: Fireworxmedia, Born Free Media Pty Ltd
Country: South Africa

A young militant political activist, disillusioned by injustice and inequality, rejects Nelson Mandela’s narrative of forgiveness and reconciliation to challenge both white and black South African elites to eradicate the widening gap between the poor and the rich.


Production Grants Recipients

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

After his grandmother is accused of being a witch, a young rapper sacrifices his reputation to embark on an investigation to unmask the taboos around witchcraft.

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Film Information: Withheld

This film tells the harrowing story of mothers whose children have been transformed into radicalized “foreign fighters” by the lure of ISIS.

DREAM AWAY
Directors: Marouan Omara, Johanna Domke
Producers: Mark Lotfy, Roman Roitman
Production Company: Fig Leaf Studios, MONOKEL
Country: Egypt, Germany

Dream Away follows a generation of young Egyptians on their search for a new identity to the surreal tourist hub Sharm El Sheikh.



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