CrossCurrents Doc Fund Short/Interactive Strand Awards $10,000 to Jewel of Pamir

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and the R&M Lang Foundation are pleased to announce that Jewel of Pamir (Tamana Ayazi, Ali Atif; Afghanistan) has been chosen to receive a $10,000 CAD production grant from the CrossCurrents Doc Fund short/interactive strand in its sixth round of disbursements. Established in November of 2013, this international production fund aims to support short, interactive and experimental documentaries from emerging filmmakers working within communities whose perspectives have been historically underrepresented or marginalized.

“There were so many exceptional films to choose from this year, but ultimately we chose Jewel of Pamir for its authentic portrayal of this remote Afghan community,” said Robert Lang, Toronto-based documentary filmmaker and chair of the R&M Lang Foundation. “We loved how the filmmaker captured the subject’s reflective connection to their homeland and pride in their culture.”

The CrossCurrents Doc Fund was generously established by the R & M Lang Foundation and is administered by Hot Docs. Each year, the Fund provides one successful applicant with a grant of $10,000. In addition to these grants, directors Tamana Ayazi and Ali Atif will receive a Hot Docs Fellowship, which includes travel, accommodation, and accreditation to the annual Hot Docs Festival and enrolment in the Doc Accelerator program and mentorship initiatives.

Eligible projects were considered by the CrossCurrents Doc Fund Selection Committee, which included: Robert Lang (president and executive producer, Kensington Communications), Nyla Innuksuk (filmmaker, Mixtape VR), Elizabeth Radshaw (Director of Industry, Hot Docs), Olena Decock (Industry Programmer: Funds & Conference, Hot Docs).

Director: Tamana Ayazi and Ali Atif
Producer: Tamana Ayazi
Production Company: Independent
The Kirgiz Khan and his family struggle in the high Pamir mountains of Afghanistan, where human existence seems impossible. Their connection to their motherland grows stronger yet their lives becomes uncertain day by day.

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