Posted by Larry Gleeson
The beauty of Sundance is the movies. And the 2022 festival features extraordinary World Cinema Documentary and NEXT films that are currently in acquisition.
Stay tuned for more on these informative gems from the Sundance Film Festival, scheduled for January 20-30, 2022 in Park City, Utah!
EVERYTHING THAT SPIRITS, Dir. Shaunak Sen (World Cinema Doc Competition) – Against the dark backdrop of Delhi’s apocalyptic air and escalating violence, two brothers dedicate their lives to protecting a victim in the turbulent times: the bird known as the Black Kite. (Purchase title. Sale: Submarine)
MISSIONS, Dir. Tanja Andersen (World Cinema Doc Competition) – A revelation of the inner life of the young LDS missionaries as they leave their homes for the first time and travel to the other side of the world in an attempt to convert some of Europe’s most non-religious, private and skeptical people, the Finns, to their faith. (Purchase title. Sale: Autlook)
NOTHING COMPARED, Dir. Kathryn Ferguson (World Cinema Doc Competition) – The story of Sinéad O’Connor’s phenomenal rise to worldwide fame and her exile from the pop mainstream. Focusing on Sinéad’s prophetic words and deeds from 1987-1992, the film reflects on the legacy of this fearless pioneer through a modern feminist lens. (Purchase title. Sale: Submarine)
RIOTSVILLE, USA, Dir. Sierra Pettengill (NEXT) – Welcome to Riotsville, a fictional city built by the US military. Using footage recorded by the media and government, the film explores police militarization and a nation’s response to the uprisings of the late 1960s, creating a counter-narrative to a critical moment in American history. (Acquisition title. Sale: Cinetic)
SIRENS, Dir. Rita Baghdadi (World Cinema Doc Competition) On the outskirts of Beirut, Lilas and Shery, co-founders and guitarists of the Middle East’s first female-only metal band, struggle with friendship, sexuality and destruction in their quest to become thrash metal rock stars. (Purchase title. Sale: CAA)
TANTURA, subordinate Alon Schwarz (World Cinema Doc Competition – Day One Film) – In 1948, the state of Israel was established and war broke out. Hundreds of Palestinian villages were destroyed with their inhabitants killed or exiled. The film focuses on one village: Tantura, which brings to light the fundamental myth of Israel and its society’s inability to come to terms with its dark past. (Purchase title. Sale: UTA)
(From Susan Norway’s press release)