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Center for Asian American Media (San Francisco, CA 94103-2641)
Arthur Dong
TW-50343-14
The Haing S. Ngor Film Project

Production of a 90-minute documentary film about the experiences of Cambodian physician and actor Haing S. Ngor during the Cambodian genocide under the Khmer Rouge and his subsequent life in America.

Project fields: South Asian Studies
Program: Bridging Cultures through Film
Division: Public Programs
Total amount awarded: $474,840
Grant period: 2/1/2014 – 3/31/2015

Center for Asian American Media (San Francisco, CA 94103-2641)
Deann Borshay Liem,
TW-50374-14
Geographies of Kinship: The Korean Adoption Story

Production of a 90-minute documentary film that examines the history and impact of transnational adoptions of Korean children from the 1950s to the present.

Project fields: East Asian Studies
Program: Bridging Cultures through Film
Division: Public Programs
Total amount awarded: $398,688
Grant period: 1/1/2014 – 3/31/2015

International Documentary Foundation (Los Angeles, CA 90035)
Marianna Yarovskaya
TW-50375-14
Women of the Gulag

Development of a 90-minute documentary presenting the life experiences of women caught up in the repressive gulag system of Stalin's Soviet regime that caused the death of over 20 million people.

Project fields: Cultural History
Program: Bridging Cultures through Film
Division: Public Programs
Total amount awarded: $75,000
Grant period: 1/1/2014 – 9/30/2014

Independent Feature Project (New York, NY 10003-6811)
Zeva Oelbaum
TW-50380-14
Gertrude Bell: Letters from Baghdad

Development of 90-minute documentary on Gertrude Bell (1868-1926), a British woman who played a decisive role in the creation of Iraq and the modern Middle East.

Project fields: Near and Middle Eastern History
Program: Bridging Cultures through Film
Division: Public Programs
Total amount awarded: $75,000
Grant period: 1/1/2014 – 8/31/2014

Center for Independent Documentary (Sharon, MA 02067-2868)
Gaspar Gonzalez
TW-50253-13
Errol Flynn's Ghost: Hollywood in Havana

The development of a final shooting script and a trailer for a 90-minute documentary about the cultural impact of Hollywood movies in mid-20th century Cuba.

Most of the world knows Errol Flynn as the star of such swashbuckling epics as Captain Blood, The Sea Hawk, and The Adventures of Robin Hood. But the last chapter of the actor's life included a real-life adventure far stranger and more improbable than the plot of any film he ever made. In late 1958, Flynn traveled to Cuba as a reporter for the Hearst Press, to cover the advance of Fidel Castro's rebels on Havana. As Errol Flynn's Ghost will show, this episode was, in many ways, a fitting climax to mid-20th century Cuba's obsession with American movies. In addition to chronicling Flynn's Cuba adventure, Errol Flynn's Ghost will travel to the island to uncover Havana's lost movie palaces and the fascination with American culture they once embodied. Weaving together film history, cultural history, and the offscreen exploits of the famous Flynn, Errol Flynn's Ghost will both entertain and make an important contribution to our understanding of U.S.-Cuba relations in the 20th century.

Project fields: Dance History and Criticism
Program: Bridging Cultures through Film
Division: Public Programs
Total amount awarded: $70,000
Grant period: 1/1/2013 – 4/30/2014

Filmmakers Collaborative, Inc. (Waltham, MA 02453-0429)
Michal A. Goldman
TW-50289-13
Nasser: An Egyptian Story

Production of a 90-minute documentary film examining the life and career of Gamal Abdel Nasser (1918-1970), the iconic Egyptian figure who led Egypt from 1952 until his death.

This is a production proposal for "Nasser, An Egyptian Story", a 90-minute documentary about Gamal Abdel Nasser, the Egyptian who led a coup against his king, liberated his country from British domination, and ruled from 1952 until his death in 1970. Nasser was a charismatic and controversial figure. Americans saw him as a strongman who brought the world to the brink of world war, but for the Arabs he stood for a new personal dignity and national sovereignty. Today America is deeply and painfully entangled in the Middle East, which is itself struggling with Nasser's legacy. All this makes the need for public understanding of the region greater than ever. Nasser's story illuminates all the major cross-currents of modern Middle Eastern history, including anti-colonialism, the rise of authoritarianism, the repression of Islamism, and the dream of a united Arab polity.

Project fields: Near and Middle Eastern History
Program: Bridging Cultures through Film
Division: Public Programs
Total amount awarded: $600,000
Grant period: 1/1/2013 – 6/30/2015

Raymar Educational Films, Inc. (Oakland, CA 94609-2942)
Erica Marcus
TW-50290-13
Guangzhou Dream Factory

Production of a one-hour documentary film examining the African community taking root in Guangzhou, China, and the resulting tensions and cross-cultural exchange.

Guangzhou Dream Factory is an hour-long documentary portrait of the flourishing African community of Guangzhou, southern China's bustling commercial center. The documentary, designed for a wide, general audience, will be produced in HD for U.S. television, international broadcasters, film festivals, classroom, and home-video use. Guangzhou's burgeoning African community is one of the most interesting yet least examined manifestations of the growing ties between China and Africa.The ancestral homeland of many Chinese-Americans, Guangzhou was long associated with exodus. Today, however, the world is changing: Guangzhou is increasingly a migration destination, with Africans accounting for a significant percentage of the city's new immigrants. Following the compelling stories of Africans pursuing their dreams in a new land of opportunity, Guangzhou Dream Factory provides a window into life in China's African Diaspora.

Project fields: Area Studies
Program: Bridging Cultures through Film
Division: Public Programs
Total amount awarded: $315,000
Grant period: 4/1/2013 – 9/30/2014

International Documentary Foundation (Los Angeles, CA 90035)
Ben Loeterman
TW-50296-13
1913: Seeds of Conflict

Production of 60-minute television documentary exploring Israeli-Palestinian relations in the years before World War I when the Ottoman Empire was crumbling.

This is a request for a grant to produce a 60-minute documentary film that examines a pivotal yet largely overlooked moment in the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: the years just prior to World War I. 1913: Seeds of Conflict looks at a moment of transformation when Ottoman rule in Palestine was entrenched, the personal identities of people living there were fluid and overlapping, and few could imagine the conflict that would come to dominate the region for most of the next century.

Project fields: Near and Middle Eastern History
Program: Bridging Cultures through Film
Division: Public Programs
Total amount awarded: $500,000
Grant period: 1/1/2013 – 12/31/2013

Independent Feature Project (New York, NY 10003-6811)
Robert Bahar
TW-50318-13
The Silence of Others

Development of a 60-minute documentary film about the hundreds of thousands of children who were taken from their parents by authorities and placed into adoption during and after Franco's forty-year dictatorship in Spain.

Project fields: European History
Program: Bridging Cultures through Film
Division: Public Programs
Total amount awarded: $70,000
Grant period: 1/1/2013 – 12/31/2014

Western New York Public Broadcasting Association (Buffalo, NY 14240-1263)
David Rotterman
TW-50184-12
The Railway that Built a Nation

Development of a two-hour documentary about the creation of Canada's first transcontinental railway.

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Bridging Cultures through Film
Division: Public Programs
Total amount awarded: $66,626
Grant period: 1/1/2012 – 7/31/2012

Montclair State University (Montclair, NJ 07043-1699)
Fawzia Afzal-Khan
TW-50185-12
Female Singers and Muslim Tradition in Pakistan from 1947 to the Present

Development of a documentary film that examines the role of secular and religious female singers in Pakistan and their contributions to the musical legacies of the Indo-Pakistani subcontinent.

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Project fields: Gender Studies
Program: Bridging Cultures through Film
Division: Public Programs
Total amount awarded: $69,999
Grant period: 3/1/2012 – 3/31/2013

National Center for Jewish Film (Waltham, MA 02254)
David Fisher
TW-50188-12
Zayn oder nit zayn: To Be or Not To Be in Yiddish

Development of a 60-minute documentary that follows a group of young actors preparing a production that explores the history of Yiddish theater.

Project fields: Jewish Studies
Program: Bridging Cultures through Film
Division: Public Programs
Total amount awarded: $60,000
Grant period: 11/1/2011 – 7/31/2012

Dr. Haing S. Ngor Foundation (Santa Monica, CA 90405-3659)
Arthur Dong
TW-50203-12
The Haing S. Ngor Film Project

Development of a 90-minute documentary film examining Cambodian actor Haing Ngor's experiences during the Cambodian genocide and his life in America afterwards.

Project fields: South Asian History
Program: Bridging Cultures through Film
Division: Public Programs
Total amount awarded: $74,804
Grant period: 2/1/2012 – 6/30/2013

Women Make Movies, Inc. (New York, NY 10001-5059)
Riva Freifeld
TW-50242-12
Buffalo Bill and the Influence of the American West on European Culture

Development of a 90-minute documentary about Europe's fascination with the American West in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Project fields: European History
Program: Bridging Cultures through Film
Division: Public Programs
Total amount awarded: $59,823
Grant period: 1/1/2012 – 11/30/2012

Eye Contact Foundation (Basalt, CO 81621-8309)
William Morgan
TW-50034-11
Besa: The Promise

Final production of a 90-minute documentary on the history, culture, and beliefs of Albanian Muslims who worked to rescue Jewish refugees during World War II.

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Project fields: European History
Program: Bridging Cultures through Film
Division: Public Programs
Total amount awarded: $517,330
Grant period: 2/1/2011 – 12/31/2011

WNET (New York, NY 10019-7416)
Pamela Hogan
TW-50049-11
Women, War & Peace: The Balkans

Production of a one-hour documentary examining the impact of civil war in the Balkans on women and the first international trial for crimes of sexual violence in wartime.

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Project fields: Law and Jurisprudence
Program: Bridging Cultures through Film
Division: Public Programs
Total amount awarded: $405,710
Grant period: 1/1/2011 – 3/31/2012

Arcadia Pictures Ltd (New York, NY 10014-7216)
Andrea Simon
TW-50054-11
Angel Wagenstein: Art is a Weapon

Development of a documentary film that explores the life and work of Angel Wagenstein, a Bulgarian filmmaker, war hero, and novelist.

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Bridging Cultures through Film
Division: Public Programs
Total amount awarded: $43,675
Grant period: 1/1/2011 – 6/30/2012

Raymar Educational Films, Inc. (Oakland, CA 94609-2942)
Erica Marcus
TW-50057-11
Africa's Freedom Train and Other China-Africa Tales

Development of a 60-minute documentary film exploring the history of relations between Africa and China.

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Bridging Cultures through Film
Division: Public Programs
Total amount awarded: $75,000
Grant period: 2/1/2011 – 8/31/2012

Kartemquin Educational Films (Chicago, IL 60657-4029)
Maria Finitzo
TW-50059-11
Encounters with the Other

Development of a documentary film examining the indigenous Tsimane people as they transition from a traditional to modern way of life.

Project fields: Anthropology
Program: Bridging Cultures through Film
Division: Public Programs
Total amount awarded: $75,000
Grant period: 1/1/2011 – 1/31/2013

Grammy Museum Foundation, Inc. (Los Angeles, CA 90015-1366)
Jim Brown
TW-50096-11
Rockin' the Kremlin

Production of a 90-minute documentary film examining how American rock and roll music contributed to the collapse of the Iron Curtain and the fall of the Soviet Empire.

Project fields: International Relations
Program: Bridging Cultures through Film
Division: Public Programs
Total amount awarded: $550,000
Grant period: 7/1/2011 – 6/30/2014

Endangered Language Alliance (New York, NY 10011-4610)
David R. Grubin
TW-50107-11
Listen UP! Languages in Danger with Bob Holman

Production of a 90-minute documentary for public television examining languages in danger of extinction around the world.

Project fields: Languages, General
Program: Bridging Cultures through Film
Division: Public Programs
Total amount awarded: $600,000
Grant period: 7/1/2012 – 7/31/2014

Arts Engine, Inc. (New York, NY 10011)
Paco de Onis
TW-50127-11
Memoryscape

Development of a two-hour documentary film analyzing how nations (Germany, Peru, and Spain) attempt to resolve their collective memory of political atrocities

Project fields: Media Studies
Program: Bridging Cultures through Film
Division: Public Programs
Total amount awarded: $60,000
Grant period: 10/1/2011 – 9/30/2012

Katahdin Foundation (Hollywood, CA 90038-2353)
Deann Borshay Liem
TW-50135-11
Geographies of Kinship: The Korean Adoption Story

Development of a 90-minute documentary film examining the history of transnational adoption of Korean children from the 1950s to the present.

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Project fields: History, General
Program: Bridging Cultures through Film
Division: Public Programs
Total amount awarded: $75,000
Grant period: 10/1/2011 – 5/31/2013

Filmmakers Collaborative, Inc. (Waltham, MA 02453-0429)
Michal A. Goldman
TW-50145-11
Nasser: An Egyptian Story

Development of a 90-minute documentary film about Gamal Abdel Nasser, the iconic Egyptian figure who overthrew his king and liberated his country from British rule.

Project fields: Near and Middle Eastern History
Program: Bridging Cultures through Film
Division: Public Programs
Total amount awarded: $75,000
Grant period: 9/1/2011 – 9/30/2012

Filmmakers Collaborative, Inc. (Waltham, MA 02453-0429)
Ben Loeterman
TW-50146-11
1913: Seeds of Conflict

Development of a 60-minute documentary film that examines a pivotal moment in the history of the Middle East.

Project fields: Near and Middle Eastern History
Program: Bridging Cultures through Film
Division: Public Programs
Total amount awarded: $75,000
Grant period: 9/1/2011 – 5/31/2012

Documentary Educational Resources, Inc. (Watertown, MA 02472-2554)
David Lebrun
TW-50154-11
The Royal Cup

Production of a two-hour documentary film that would examine Mayan history and culture through archaeological objects.

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Bridging Cultures through Film
Division: Public Programs
Total amount awarded: $600,000
Grant period: 10/1/2011 – 2/28/2014

Independent Feature Project (New York, NY 10003-6811)
Diane Sylvester
TW-50162-11
Oye Cuba! A Journey Home

Development of a feature-length documentary film on the history and significance of Cuban jazz, its influence on American jazz, and its stylistic changes over time.

Project fields: Arts, General
Program: Bridging Cultures through Film
Division: Public Programs
Total amount awarded: $75,000
Grant period: 9/1/2011 – 5/31/2012

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