Speaking about the documentary competition, Sundance say: These films represent a broad section of new documentaries by American independent filmmakers. From examinations of the American political system and the country's use of natural resources to explorations of cultural development and intimate portraits of legendary artists, these films represent a thematic and artistic variety. This year's 16 films were selected from a record 953 submissions. Each film is a world premiere."
American Teen and Flow: For Love Of Water
An American Soldier
(Director: Edet Belzberg; Writer: Edet Belzberg)
Uncle Sam really wants you! A compelling exploration of army recruitment in the United States told through the story of Louisiana Sergeant, First Class Clay Usie, one of the most successful recruiters in the history of the US Army.
The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)
(Country: US; Year: 2008; Director: Ellen Kuras, Thavisouk Phrasavath; Writer: Ellen Kuras, Thavisouk Phrasava)
The epic story of a family forced to emigrate from Laos after the chaos of the secret air war waged by the US during the Vietnam War.
Bigger, Stronger, Faster
(Country: US; Year: 2008; Director: Christopher Bell; Writer: Christopher Bell, Alexander Buono, Tamsin Rawa)
As entertaining as it is informative, this documentary goes beyond simply examining the truth about anabolic steroids and the athletes - professional and amateur - who use them. Focusing on his own family's personal history, Bell looks at why Americans feel the need to be the biggest, strongest, and fastest.
Fields Of Fuel
(Year: 2007; Director: Josh Tickell; Writer: Josh Tickell)
America is addicted to oil and it is time for an intervention. Enter Josh Tickell, a man with a plan and a Veggie Van, who is taking on big oil, big government and big soy to find solutions in places few people have looked.
The Betrayal and Trouble The Water
The Greatest Silence: Rape In The Congo
Jackson travels to remote villages in the war zones of the Congo to meet rape survivors, providing a piercing, intimate look into the struggle of their lives.
(Country: US; Year: 2008; Director: Patrick Creadon), Official Site
An examination of economic collapse in the US, and of the forces behind it.
Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson and IOUSA
Roman Polanski: Wanted And Desired
(Year: 2007; Director: Marina Zenovich; Writer: Marina Zenovich, Joe Bini, P.G. Morg)
Marina Zenovich's new documentary examines the public scandal and private tragedy which led to legendary director Roman Polanski's sudden flight from the United States.
(Year: 2007; Director: Peter Galison, Robb Moss), Official Site
In the years following September 11, the black redaction stripe has become a familiar sight to most Americans. Secrecy probes the roots of the United States' culture of classification—and its consequences. Amid the American hunger for instantaneous news and up-to-date "facts", this unflinching film uncovers the vast, invisible world of government secrecy.
Slingshot Hip Hop
(Director: Jackie Reem Salloum)
The voice of a new generation rocks and rhymes as Palestinian rappers form alternative voices of resistance within the Israeli-Palestinian struggle.
Traces Of The Trade: A Story From The Deep North
(Director: Katrina Browne, Alla Kovgan, Jude Ray; Writer: Katrina Browne, Alla Kovgan)
History finally gets rewritten as descendants of the largest slave-trading family in early America face their past, and present, as they explore their violent heritage across oceans and continents.
Trouble The Water
(Year: 2008; Director: Tia Lessin, Carl Deal), Official Site
Personal story of a rap artist and her husband who lived through Hurricane Katrina.