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Bridging Cultures through Film: International Topics Awards: November Council, 2011

April 9, 2012 | By NEH Staff

The Bridging Cultures through Film: International Topics program supports documentary films that examine international and transnational themes in the humanities. These projects are meant to spark Americans’ engagement with the broader world by exploring one or more countries and cultures outside of the United States. Proposed documentaries must be analytical and deeply grounded in humanities scholarship.  Themes may include, but are not limited to, an examination of a critical issue in ethics, religion, or history, viewed through an international lens; an exploration of a topic that transcends a single nation-state, with the topic being explored across borders; or an exploration of the history and culture(s) of a specific region, country, or community outside of the United States.

Awards List
November 2011 Council

California

The Haing S. Ngor Film Project
Dr. Haing S. Ngor Foundation
Santa Monica, CA
Award: Outright; $74,804
Development of a 90-minute documentary film examining Cambodian actor Haing Ngor’s experiences during the Cambodian genocide and his life in America afterwards.

Massachusetts

Zayn oder nit zayn: To Be or Not To Be in Yiddish
National Center for Jewish Film
Waltham, MA
Award: Outright; $60,000
Development of a 60-minute documentary that follows a group of young actors preparing a production that explores the history of Yiddish theater.

New Jersey

Female Singers and Muslim Tradition in Pakistan from 1947 to the Present
Montclair State University
Upper Montclair, NJ
Award: Outright; $70,000
Development of a documentary film that examines the role of secular and religious female singers in Pakistan and their contributions to the musical legacies of the Indo-Pakistani subcontinent.

New York

Buffalo Bill and the Influence of the American West on European Culture
Women Make Movies, Inc.
New York, NY
Award: Outright; $59,823
Development of a 90-minute documentary about Europe’s fascination with the American West in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The Railway that Built a Nation
Western New York Public Broadcasting Association
Buffalo, NY
Award: Outright; $73,150
Development of a two-hour documentary about the creation of Canada’s first transcontinental railway.

The next Bridging Cultures through Film: International Topics deadline is:
June 27, 2012 for Projects Beginning January 2013

Bridging Cultures is an agency-wide initiative, engages the power of the humanities to promote understanding and mutual respect for people with diverse histories, cultures, and perspectives within the United States and abroad.