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Sundance Short Film Challenge Launches 9 World Premieres. Watch Them All Now!

Sundance Short Film Challenge Launches 9 World Premieres. Watch Them All Now!

Sundance Institute premieres the Sundance Institute Short Film Challenge, a program designed to spark global conversation about solutions to the challenges of extreme hunger and poverty.

Presented with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the program features 9 new international short films, which are all now available worldwide to watch for FREE at

The full list of films, and their descriptions follow below:

“A Will of Iron” – A true life story of a homeless blacksmith living under the longest bridge in Africa in Lagos, Nigeria with his wife and baby. Directed by Seyi Fabunmi and Mobolaji Adeolu. Premiered on All Africa.

“Man in the Maze” – Throughout the U.S. borderlands, a diverse group of people come up with innovative solutions to mend our broken food system. Directed by Phill Buccellato and Jess Ash. Premiered on Arizona Daily Star.

“Isabelle’s Garden” – An uplifting story of a community coming together in reciprocity through the hopes and dreams of a young Choctaw girl and her garden. Directed by Jeffrey Palmer. Premiered on Indian Country Today.

“Dropping In” – A teenage boy living on the streets is rescued by a skate park owner who helps him escape his vices by introducing him to skateboard culture. Directed by Willem van den Heever. Premiered on

“175 Grams” – A tribute to the fast growing Ultimate Frisbee community in India and the spirit and camaraderie shared by sportsmen around the world. Directed by Bharat Mirle and Aravind Iyer. Premiered on Fast Company.

“The World Is As Big Or As Small As You Make It” – In North Philadelphia local kids gather at a rec center to participate in an innovative program where they forge friendships with their peers across the world. Directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady. Premiered on Upworthy.

“Nana” – The daily journey one woman makes between two very distinct worlds reveals Mexican nannies’ unique role as one of the country’s few bridges between social classes. Directed by Diego Luna. Premiered on Al Jazeera AJ+.

“The Visible Hand” (“La mano visible”) – Romina goes to Silvina’s to give her a haircut. They met through an online platform that connects people offering and looking for services of all kinds. Directed by Gael García Bernal. Premiered on Vice Mexico.

“Melody” – Music is Melody’s inspiration and Georgina’s first language. Together with their beloved youth orchestra, they form a family through music. Directed by Marialy Rivas. Premiered on New York Times OpDocs.

Again, watch all of them for FREE at

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