From children to undocumented individuals to those who’ve experienced trauma, nonfiction storytellers often feature a range of vulnerable people in their films. In collaboration with the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program, Sundance Collab brings this timely conversation with Robert Greene (Procession), Daresha Kyi (Mama Bears), Daffodil Altan of PBS Frontline, Gisela Pérez de Acha of Berkeley Law’s Human Rights Center Investigations Lab, and moderated by Carrie Lozano, Director of Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film and Artist Programs. Presenting varied perspectives and practices, this session explores specific considerations that independent artists and journalists take to protect the individuals whose stories and circumstances they aim to capture.
About the Sundance Documentary Film Program
The Sundance Documentary Film Program supports nonfiction filmmakers worldwide in the production of cinematic documentaries on contemporary themes. Established in 2002 with founding support from Open Society Foundations, the Program is a vibrant global resource for independent non-fiction storytelling. Recent projects include Nicole Newnham, Jim LeBrecht’s Crip Camp; Maite Alberdi’s The Mole Agent; Jacqueline Olive’s Always in Season; Julia Reichert, Steven Bognar’s American Factory; Petra Costa’s The Edge of Democracy; Talal Derki’s Of Fathers and Sons; RaMell Ross’s Hale County This Morning, This Evening; and Bing Lui’s Minding the Gap. Year-round support of filmmakers—including granting, creative labs, and strategic advice from development to distribution—amounts to a commitment to documentary as an increasingly important global art form and a critical cultural practice in the 21st century.