Sundance adds titles

Disney and Berg docs join line-up

by Amber Wilkinson

Phoenix Rising and The American Dream And Other Fairy Tales have been added to the Sundance programme
Phoenix Rising and The American Dream And Other Fairy Tales have been added to the Sundance programme Photo: Courtesy of Sundance Institute
The Sundance Film Festival has announced the addition of two documentaries to its Special Screenings section.

The American Dream and Other Fairy Tales directed by Abigail Disney and Kathleen Hughes and Phoenix Rising directed by Amy Berg.

The festival says The American Dream and Other Fairy Tales "looks at America's dysfunctional and unequal economy and asks why the American Dream has worked for the wealthy, yet is a nightmare for people born with less". It adds: "As a way to imagine a more equitable future, Disney uses her family's story to explore how this systemic injustice took hold."

Berg's Phoenix Rising, is a two-part documentary in which "actress and activist Evan Rachel Wood takes her experience as a survivor of domestic violence to pursue justice, heal generational trauma, and reclaim her story in a culture that instinctively blames women". The first part is premiering at the festival

The festival's director of programming Kim Yutani said: "We’re so pleased to welcome these two dynamic films into our programme,. These bold, compelling, provocative documentaries tell indelible stories each from a searing first person perspective that we know will spark critical dialogue.”

The festival - which will take place online again this year in response to the pandemic - runs from January 20 to 30.

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