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.
November 2010 Council
Africa's Freedom Train and Other China-Africa Tales
Raymar Educational Films, Inc
Development of a 60-minute documentary film exploring the history of relations between Africa and China.
Encounters with the Other
Kartemquin Educational Films
Development of a documentary film examining the indigenous Tsimane people as they transition from a traditional to modern way of life.
Besa: The Promise
JWM Productions, LLC
Takoma Park, Maryland
Final production of a 90-minute documentary on the history, culture, and beliefs of Albanian Muslims who worked to rescue Jewish refugees during World War II.
Angel Wagenstein: Art is a Weapon
Arcadia Pictures Ltd
New York, New York
Development of a documentary film that explores the life and work of Angel Wagenstein, a Bulgarian filmmaker, war hero, and novelist.
Women, War and Peace: I Came to Testify
New York, New York
Production of a one-hour documentary examining the impact of civil war in the Balkans on women and the first international trial for crimes of sexual violence in wartime.
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.