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Sundance Film Festival 2010 - U.S. Documentary Competition

U.S. Documentary Films in Competition at Sundance Festival 2010


For the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, 16 documentaries for selected from 862 submissions for the U.S. Documentary Film Competition. All of the selected films are world premieres. They are:
  • Bhutto - Directors: Duane Baughman and Johnny O'Hara - Following the life and work of Benazir Bhutto, the recently assassinated former Pakistani prime minister.
  • Casino Jack & The United States of Money - Director: Alex Gibney - An investigation of D.C. lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his cronies, and the lies, greed and corruption surrounding them.
  • Family Affair - Director: Chico Colvard - A look at the resilience, survival and capacity to accommodate a parent's past crimes in order to satisfy the longing for family.
  • Freedom Riders - Director: Stanley Nelson - The story of the Freedom Riders, a group of courageous civil rights activists who challenged segregation in the American South during the early 1960s.
  • Gas Land - Director: Josh Fox - A cross-country journey reveals polluted waterways, dying livestock, flammable sinks and endangered health of citizens in areas subjected to drilling for natural gas.
  • Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child - Director: Tamra Davis - A profile of Jean-Michel Basquiat, the hard living New York artist who died at age 27, and has since become a cultural icon.
  • Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work - Directors: Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg - An intimate look at the life and career of the popular comedian.
  • Lucky - Director: Jeffrey Blitz - An investigation of what happens to ordinary people who win the lottery jackpot.
  • My Perestroika - Director: Robin Hessman - Showing Russia in transition by following five Muscovites who came of age as the USSR collapsed and are adjusting to post-Soviet reality.
  • The Oath - Director: Laura Poitras - The story of two men whose meeting in 1996 set them on a course of events that led to Afghanistan, Osama bin Laden, 9/11, Guantanamo, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Restrepo - Directed by: Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington - The record of the directors' year with the Second Platoon in Afghanistan provides a rare look at the lives of American soldiers - the firefights, physical labor and camaraderie - who are trying to defeat the Taliban.
  • A Small Act - Director: Jennifer Arnold - A Kenyan, whose life was changed when his education was sponsored by a Swedish stranger, creates a scholarship program to pass along the kindness and support he received.
  • Smash His Camera - Director: Leon Gast -A look at the reviled paparazzo Ron Galella and issues raised by his professional behavior, including the right to privacy vs. freedom of the press, and the invasive aspects of celebrity culture.
  • 12th & Delaware - Directors: Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing - A look at the ongoing abortion battle that continues to manifest itself in unexpected ways on an ordinary American street corner.
  • The Pat Tillman Story - Director: Amir Bar-Lev - The story of professional football star and decorated U.S. soldier Pat Tillman, whose family takes on the U.S. government when their beloved son dies in a "friendly fire" incident in Afghanistan in 2004. The film's title has been changed from I'm Pat ________ Tillman, which is reportedly the last thing that Tillman said when he was trying to stop those who were shooting at him.
  • Waiting for Superman - Director: Davis Guggenheim - An investigation of the crisis in U.S. public education, as told through the stories of several students and their families and educators who are trying to find solutions to restore the dysfunctional system.

The 2010 Sundance Film Festival takes place in Park City, Utah from January 21 to 31, 2010.

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