Sundance Film Festival 2011

This year’s 12 films were selected from 796 international documentary submissions.

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The Green Wave The Green Wave
The Green Wave and Position Among The Stars
An African Election (Country: Switzerland, US, Ghana; Year: 2011; Director: Jarreth J Merz, Kevin Merz; Writer: Shari Yantra Marcacci, Erika Tasini), Official Site
Documentary charting the 2008 presidential election in Ghana.
North American Premiere
The Bengali Detective (Country: India, US, UK; Year: 2011; Director: Phil Cox; Stars: Rajesh Ji, Minnie Ji, Betu Ji), Official Site
A private detective with a passion for disco tries to clean up the streets of Kolkata in a documentary like no other.
World Premiere
Family Portrait In Black And White (Country: Canada; Year: 2011; Director: Julia Ivanova), Official Site
A middle aged Ukrainian woman raises twenty seven children in a crumbling rural house, whilst racial prejudice threatens the security of many of the adoptees.
World Premiere
The Flaw (Country: UK; Year: 2010; Director: David Sington), Official Site, Trailer
An investigation of how the stock market crash really happened, explaining the complex financial issues involved in easily understood terms.
North American Premiere
The Green Wave (Irans Grüner Sommer) (Country: Germany; Year: 2010; Director: Ali Samadi Ahadi), Official Site
Story of the 2009 Iranian elections and subsequent protests, told by bloggers from within the country
North American Premiere
Hell And Back Again Hell And Back Again
Hell And Back Again and Senna
Hell And Back Again (Country: US, UK; Year: 2011; Director: Danfung Dennis), Official Site, Trailer
A documentary examining one soldier's experiences after he is taken out of action by a serious injury.
World Premiere
Knuckle (Country: Ireland, UK; Year: 2011; Director: Ian Palmer; Stars: James Quinn McDonagh, Michael Quinn McDonagh, Joe Joyce, Michael Joyce, Ditsy Nevin, Curly Paddy), Official Site
An 12-year journey into the brutal and secretive world of Irish Traveler bare-knuckle fighting.
World Premiere
Position Among The Stars (Stand Van De Sterren) (Country: Netherlands; Year: 2010; Director: Leonard Retel Helmrich), Official Site
The effects of globalisation in Indonesia’s rapidly changing society ripple into the life of a poor Christian woman living in the slums of Jakarta with her Muslim sons and teenage granddaughter.
International Premiere
Project Nim (Country: UK; Year: 2011; Director: James Marsh; Stars: Nim), Official Site, Trailer
The turbulent life of a chimpanzee whom scientists tried to teach sign language.
World Premiere
Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure (Country: Australia; Year: 2011; Director: Matthew Bate; Writer: Matthew Bate; Stars: Mike Mitchell, Daniel Clowes, Henry S. Rosenthal, Mitchell Deprey, Eddie Guerriero, Ivan Brunetti, Peter Haskett, Raymond Huffman), Official Site
Two men record their loudmouthed neighbours, share their foul ramblings, and accidentally make them into underground stars.
World Premiere
Knuckle Knuckle
Knuckle and Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure
Senna (Country: UK, France, US; Year: 2010; Director: Asif Kapadia; Writer: Manish Pandey; Stars: Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Frank Williams, Ron Dennis, Viviane Senna, Milton da Silva, Neide Senna, Jackie Stewart, Sid Watkins, Galvão Bueno, Reginaldo Leme, Gerhard Berger, Nelson Piquet, Nigel Mansell, Jean-Marie Balestre), Official Site
Documentary about the three-times world champion Formula One driver.
North American Premiere
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