The Sundance Institute will present awards to four films which focus on social justice issues in the developing world during the first Sundance London film and music festival, running April 26-29
The awards will go to Katie Mark’s documentary Street Girls, about three prostitutes in the Nigerian capital, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s Farming, based on his own upbringing in London which was developed at the Sundance institute, Sally El Hosaini’s debut feature My Brother The Devil, about two Egyptian brothers who become involved in a gang culture and Musa Syeed’s Valley Of Saints, a romance set against the political troubles of Northern India.
Each award carries a £5,000 or £10,000 grant. The winning projects were chosen for their “originality and innovation in their approach to social justice issues in the developing world and contextualizing their outreach to maximise the social impact of the films,” according to Sundance.
The awards, made by the Sundance Insitute and broadcasting association WorldView, will be presented at a private event during the upcoming Sundance London film and music festival, to be held at the O2.
Keri Putnam, executive director of Sundance Institute, said: “We hope the awards announced today help raise awareness around the issues they explore as well as the importance of film as a vehicle for helping bring to life the stories of our world.”