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Consulate Hosts Sundance Film Directors at the Pera Museum

February 25, 2011
Consulate Istanbul Hosts Sundance Film Directors (Photo: Selda Şerifsoy)

Consulate Istanbul Hosts Sundance Film Directors

US Consulate General in Istanbul hosted two award winning American directors from the Sundance Institute's “Film Forward: Advancing Cultural Dialogue” Program with many distinguished guests from local art circles on February 25 at the Pera Museum.

The "Film Forward" Program, which is being showcased at the indie "!F Festival" in Istanbul and Ankara this month, is designed to engage new audiences in cultural dialogue using film as a vehicle and showcasing the "script to screen" Sundance lab experience approach. The program is a joint venture of the Sundance Institute and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) in cooperation with USA federal cultural partners, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

The two indie film directors are Havana Marking, winner of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival with her documentary “Afghan Star,” which charts the story of young hopefuls who compete in the Afghanistan version of the popular television hit “American Idol;” and Cherien Dabis, the director of "Amreeka," the story of a divorced Palestinian woman and her teenage son.

Havana Marking and Cherien Dabis will be visiting Eskisehir on March 1-2 to conduct special workshops on documentary film making and attend discussions at Anadolu University. The students will also have the opportunity to pitch their film projects to the Sundance Institute's team.

For more information on the "Film Forward" Program, please visit the Sundance Institute's web site. 

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