The power of nonfiction film to ignite debate, uncover corruption, provoke political movements…and move audiences is at the heart of Illuminated Voices, a program devoted to shining light into the shadows of human suffering and bringing forth voices that might not otherwise be heard.
This first of what will be an annual collaboration between the Sundance Institute and The Museum of Modern Art is dedicated to the original and provocative work funded by the Sundance Institute Documentary Fund (formerly the Soros Documentary Fund), which provides support to documentary filmmakers focusing on wide-ranging international issues, including human rights, civil liberty, social justice, freedom of expression, and the development of open societies. The Fund has energetically encouraged issue-oriented cinema and artistic daring while working to bring documentaries to a wider audience through enhanced avenues of distribution. All the films in this program were coproduced with grants from the Soros or Sundance Institute Documentary Fund. All the films screened on May 1 and 2 are New York premieres, and most will be introduced by their directors and followed by Q&A’s.
Organized by Diane Weyermann, Director, the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program, and Jytte Jensen, Associate Curator, Department of Film and Media, The Museum of Modern Art.