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2002 Sundance Film Festival Documentary Competition Lineup

2002 Sundance Film Festival Documentary Competition Lineup

2002 Sundance Film Festival Documentary Competition Lineup


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(indieWIRE/11.27.01) — The Documentary Competition Lineup for the 2002 Sundance Film Festival:

AMANDLA! A revolution in four part harmony,” directed by Lee Hirsch

This doc explores the role of music in South Africa’s freedom struggle. “Amandla” is the first part of a chant that usually closes all political speeches and songs.

AMERICAN STANDOFF,” directed by Kristi Jacobson

An unflinching look at the notorious Teamsters Union and its controversial leader James Hoffa. Through the compelling stories of 3 rank-and-file workers, the film gets to the heart of an American labor movement crisis.

BLUE VINYL,” directed by Judith Helfand & Daniel B. Gold

With humor, hope, and piece of PVC vinyl siding in hand (a remnant from her parent’s suburban house), Judith Hefland and Daniel B. Gold’s new film explores home, family industry-sponsored science and the ecology of denial.

CLOSE TO HOME,” directed by Vanessa Roth & Alexandra Dickson

“Close to Home” takes an unprecedented journey into the lives of survivors of child sex abuse and into the minds of convicted sex offenders.

THE COCKETTES,” directed by Bill Weber & David Weissman

This documentary traces the rise and fall of the Cockettes, a troupe of hippies in drag famous for a notorious cabaret act in San Francisco in the 1960s and 70s.

DADDY AND PAPA,” directed by Johnny Symons

The film explores the personal, cultural, and political impact of gay men who have made a decision that is both traditional and revolutionary: to raise children themselves.

DAUGHTER FROM DANANG,” directed by Gail Dolgin & Vicente Franco

The dramatic story of Amerasian woman and the complicated journey to find and understand her Vietnamese mother.

DERRIDA,” directed by Kirby Dick & Amy Ziering Kofman

Derrida is a complex theoretical and personal portrait of the brilliant and controversial French thinker, Jacques Derrida, and a moving meditation on the themes that haunt and inspire his work.

THE EXECUTION OF WANDA JEAN,” directed by Liz Garbus

Wanda Jean was sentenced to death in 1989 after she shot and killed her lover. The film follows Wanda Jean’s final moments on death row.

FAMILY FUNDAMENTALS,” directed by Arthur Dong

A quest to understand the construction of homophobia by examining the conflicts over homosexuality in three conservative Christian families.

HOW TO DRAW A BUNNY,” directed by John Walter

A study of the life and career of Ray Johnson — the most famous unknown artist in the art world.

MISS AMERICA,” directed by Lisa Ades

Miss America tells the story of the nations oldest beauty pageant while exploring what it means to be an American woman.

RALPH ELLISON: AN AMERICAN JOURNEY,” directed by Avon Kirkland

Explores the life and work of Ralph Ellison, author of fictional masterpiece “The Invisible Man,” and influential essayist on African American and American identity.

SENORITA EXTRAVIADA,” directed by Lourdes Portillo

An investigation of a series of murders of young women in a Mexican border town sustained by the presence of NAFTA factories.

SISTER HELEN,” directed by Rebecca Cammisa & Rob Fruchtman

After the tragic deaths of her two sons and husband, Helen Travis became a Benedictine nun, moved to the South Bronx and opened a drug & alcohol-free center for recovering male addicts.

TWO TOWNS OF JASPER,” directed by Whitney Dow & Marco Williams

Told by two film crews, one white and one African-American, the film records the divergent experiences of the residents of Jasper, Texas after the dragging death of James Byrd, Jr.

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