L.A.-based distributor Cinema Libre that it will produce two to five humanitarian, environmental or social issue movies per year in partnership with non-profit foundations and NGOs (non-governmental organizations). The company's first film made in partnership with the international aid organization Action Against Hunger, "The Empire In Africa," was selected for the Critics Week at Cannes and has won best documentary awards this year at the Slamdance Film Festival. The film, co-financed by both companies, examines the humanitarian crises resulting from the decade long civil war in Sierra Leone. A second project, "Progress vs. Poverty," has recently started production. Directed by Diaz, the documentary feature will question why there continues to be such poverty in light of so much progress, through interviews with global experts, spokespeople for the IMF, the World Bank and NGOs on the ground in Kenya, South Africa, Venezuela, Bolivia, Brazil, South Korea and the United States. [Brian Brooks]