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LIGHTS, CAMERA, SOCIAL JUSTICE: The Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund, launched at the end of 2007, has unveiled this year’s winners. The fund aims to help promising documentary filmmakers spread the word on international social and human rights issues, and 2012 saw a record 697 submissions from 56 countries.
This year’s jury consisted of Marshall Curry, Jesse Dylan, James Franco, Barbara Kopple, Andrea Meditch and Robin Wright. Five of the winning submissions, which will collectively receive $100,000 in funding, dealt with a range of topics including religion in Uganda and a fraudulent international adoption system.
The remaining three submissions will collect $50,000 in funding from the Spotlighting Women Documentary Award, which highlights the courage and strength of women around the world. For the second year, the PPR Corporate Foundation for Women’s Dignity & Rights joined Gucci’s Tribeca Documentary Fund in recognizing these film projects, which this year included: “Alias Ruby Blade,” directed by Alex Meillier; “Stargazing,” directed by Berit Madsen, and “The Supreme Price,” directed by Joanna Lipper.