U.S. Department of State Announces 2011 Line Up for American Documentary Showcase

Media Note
Washington, DC
January 15, 2011

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) announced today the line up for the third season of the American Documentary Showcase, which will send 18 American documentary films to more than 20 countries, to cultivate greater understanding among people around the world.

The 2011 films are:

Automorphosis; Corner Plot; Cowboys & Conservation: Ranching in the American West; Deep Down; Freedom Riders; If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front; Imaginary Circumstances; Kids with Cameras; Latin Music USA: Chicano Wave; The Lottery; Louder than a Bomb; Make Believe; The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers; Niger ’66: A Peace Corps Diary; No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson; One Lucky Elephant; Poster Girl; and We Still Live Here. In addition there are five animation shorts that were selected.

These films explore diverse topics including civil rights, the treatment of military veterans, environmentalism, and freedom of the press, that will be highlighted during the 2011 season are

The documentary filmmakers, as well as film experts, will fan out across the globe, beginning in February, to highlight the selected films to international audiences and conduct public screenings, master classes, and workshops. In addition, these American filmmakers will work with their foreign counterparts on outreach programs on filmmaking and new media and look for new areas for collaboration with local filmmakers. The American Documentary Showcase is implemented through an open grant process by the University Film and Video Association.

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) promotes international mutual understanding through a wide range of academic, cultural, private-sector, professional, and sports exchange programs. ECA exchanges engage youth, students, educators, artists, athletes, and emerging leaders in many fields in the United States and in more than 160 countries. Alumni of ECA exchanges comprise over one million people around the world, including more than 50 Nobel Laureates and more than 300 current or former heads of state and government.

PRN: 2011/064