The Sundance Institute Documentary Film programme has announced the 25 feature projects to receive what the Institute says is a record number of grants from the Sundance Institute Documentary Fund.

The recipient projects were chosen from more than 300 applications from 20 countries. The Sundance Institute Documentary Fund was established in 2002, and in that time has distributed more than $5.2m in support to 183 projects and documentary film-makers.

Selected projects covered such themes as the first HIV-positive women to speak publicly in India, the efforts of a South Bronx high school principal to tap into his students' potential, a portrait of dissent in Egypt, and the life of an Army recruiter in the US.

'The films funded in this round reflect the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Programme's commitment to stories from societies in transition,' Sundance Institute Documentary Film Programme director Cara Mertes said.

'From India to Chile, Pakistan, Kenya and the United States, in this round, the Sundance Institute Documentary Fund is providing resources for emerging, indigenous film-makers, as well as the growing network of established documentary film-makers working on global issues.'

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