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The Sundance Institute Presents "Film Forward" - Advancing Cultural Dialogue





Film Forward is a cultural exchange program designed to enhance cross-cultural understanding, collaboration, and dialogue around the globe by engaging audiences through the exhibition of film and conversation with filmmakers. Films are showcased through embassies, museums, and cultural and education centers reaching a wide demographic of rural and urban communities. In 2010/11, 10 filmmakers from seven countries will visit China, France, Kenya, Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey and Uganda, as well as Arizona, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, and Washington, DC.

I had the privelege of chatting with actress Kerry Washington, Sundance Institute's Executive Director Keri Putnam, as well as Director and Screenwriter of the film "Boy" Taika Waititi. We discussed the importance of bridging the cultural gap through film and the goal of this inaugural initiative.



LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW with Kerry Washington





LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW with Keri Putnam





LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW with Taika Waititi



Film Forward is an initiative of Sundance Institute and The President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

For more information, visit www.sundance.org

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