Women in the Nepalese army, the enduring torment caused by Hurricane Katrina, the role of music in Tibetan heritage, and the relationship between moderate Islam and jihad are under the spotlight in the four projects chosen for the Sundance Institute's fourth annual Documentary Editing and Story Laboratory.

The annual editing and story lab, whch runs this year form Jun 22-29, supports film-makers from around the world who are committed to telling untold stories about pressing contemporary issues.

The Lab assigns creative advisors to help film-makers from around the world tell stories about important contemporary issues. This year's Documentary Film Editing and Story Lab Fellows are:

Ngawang Choephel (director) and Tim Bartlett (editor) for Tibet In Song;

Julie Bridgham (director) and Mona Davis (editor) for The Sari Soldiers;

Mahmoud Al Massad (director) for Recycle; and

Tia Lessin and Carl Deal (directors) and Woody Richman (editor) for Trouble The Water

'We are welcoming a dynamic circle of visionary directors, producers and editors, each with an important original story to tell,' Cara Mertes, director of the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Programme, said. 'Each film on its own is an inspirational testament to artistic courage and the enduring spirit of humanity. Together, they are a powerful contribution to documentary as a new, transnational cultural language.'

The creative advisors are: editors Jean-Philippe Boucicaut, Kate Amend, Lewis Erskine, and Mary Lampson. The directors are Robb Moss and Ra'anan Alexandrowicz.

Previous Sundance Institute Documentary Film Programme projects include Born Into Brothels, Manda Bala, Lost Boys Of Sudan, Iraq In Fragments, and Why We Fight.