Alter-Cine Foundation grants 2011
The Alter-Cine Foundation, established in memory of Producer/director Yvan Patry, has announced its modest grants to filmmakers in Southern countries for 2011.
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This year the Alter-Cine Foundation received 67 projects from 35 countries in the South. In the end, we decided to support three projects. The first grant of $10.000 was awarded to South African filmmaker Ryley Grunenwald for her project Sands of the Skei Queen. The film will tell the story of the Mpondo community to defend its ancestral lands, cultural identity and way of life in the face of a giant titanium mining project. Corruption and intimidation by a multinational with the complicity of the South African government are part of
the dramatic story. The second grant of $ 5000 went to the Indian filmmaker Fahad Mustafa for his project Powerless.
It’s a look at the many different facets of the electricity crisis in Kanpur, India’s leather capital, which experiences freqent power cuts and deadly accidents as citizens climb electricity poles to connect cables of their own to the grid. It shows the energy crisis in a third world city in all its complexity and promises to be a terrific film. We also supported a third film
which is being shot in difficult circumstances. For this reason, the author and title cannot be mentioned at this time.
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