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Sundance Film Festival: The full competition list
Movies » Here’s what will be showing in the drama, documentary and Next categories


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"American Promise" » Two African-American boys and their families are followed through a 12-year journey from kindergarten to high-school graduation. Directed by Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson.

"Blackfish" » Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite examines the life of Tilikum, a killer whale at SeaWorld Orlando who has been responsible for the deaths of three individuals. It also looks at the dangers of keeping such intelligent creatures in captivity.

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"Blood Brother" » Director Steve Hoover tells the story of Rocky Braat, an aimless American who finds purpose helping a group of HIV-infected children in India.

"Citizen Koch" » Directors Carl Deal and Tia Lessin ("Trouble the Water," Grand Jury Prize winner, Sundance ‘08) go to Wisconsin, where the conservative tycoons David and Charles Koch are behind "a test market in the campaign to buy democracy."

"Cutie and the Boxer" » Director Zachary Heinzerling tells the New York love story of boxer/painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife of 40 years, Noriko, who’s eager to leave behind her role as her husband’s put-upon assistant to establish her own identity.

"Dirty Wars" » Director Richard Rowley profiles investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill, as he ferrets out information on America’s covert wars.

"Gideon’s Army" » Director Dawn Porter follows three public defenders in the Deep South, fighting for their impoverished clients in the legal system — and enduring long hours, heavy caseloads and low pay.

"God Loves Uganda" » A look at the campaign by America’s Christian Right to convince Ugandans to follow Biblical law against "sexual immorality" — particularly when it comes to gay people. Director Roger Ross Williams won an Oscar in 2010 for his short documentary "Music By Prudence."

"The Good Life" » The story of married doctors who learn that their only son has progeria, and that he would only live to age 13. Filmmakers Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine ("War/Dance," Sundance ‘07) spotlight the doctors’ campaign to find a cure for their son and millions of other children.

"Inequality for All" » Economic-policy expert and former Labor Secretary Robert Reich explains the issue of income inequality — how the poor and rich are getting farther apart — and what it will do to our economy and society. Directed by Jacob Kornbluth ("Haiku Tunnel," Sundance ‘01; "The Best Thief in the World," Sundance ‘04).


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"Manhunt" » Think of this as the documentary version of "Zero Dark Thirty": a look at the CIA’s conflict with Al Qaeda, seen through the eyes of the analysts and agents who had been pursuing Osama bin Laden before he was a household name. Directed by Greg Barker ("Sergio," Sundance ‘09).

"Narco Cultura" » Two people — a "narcocorrido" singer in L.A. and a crime scene investigator in Juarez — illustrate the influence of Mexico’s drug cartels on pop culture on both sides of the border, in this film by director Shaul Schwarz.

"99% — The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film" » Ninety-nine filmmakers across America tell the story of the protests that erupted in September 2011, making income inequality a major issue in America’s political discourse.

"Twenty Feet From Stardom" » Morgan Neville ("Troubadours," Sundance ‘11) puts back-up singers in the spotlight for a change, chronicling the lives of those who bring harmony to your favorite performers. Day One Film.

"Valentine Road: The Murder of Lawrence King" » The 2008 shooting of 15-year-old gay student Lawrence King by a classmate is explored by director Marta Cunningham.

World Cinema Dramatic Competition

"Circles" » (Serbia, Germany, France, Croatia, Slovenia) Five people must confront their shared past, 20 years after a tragic heroic act that affected them all. Directed by Srdan Golubovic; written by Srdjan Koljevic and Melina Pota Koljevic.

"Crystal Fairy" » (Chile) Michael Cera plays Jamie, who invites a stranger (Gaby Hoffman) on a mescaline-fueled road trip through the Chilean desert, in this drama from writer-director Sebastián Silva ("The Maid," Sundance ‘09). Day One Film.

"The Future" » (Chile, Germany, Italy, Spain) Bianca (Manuella Martelli) and Tomas (Luigi Ciardo) are orphaned, growing up fast — with Bianca meeting a retired Mr. Universe (Rutger Hauer), who invites her into his dark mansion. Directed and written by Alicia Scherson.

"Houston" » (Germany) Corporate headhunter Clemens Trunschka (Ulrich Tukur) goes to Houston, where his alcoholism takes him down some dark roads. Directed and written by Bastian Günther; also starring Garrett Dillahunt.

"Jisuel" » (South Korea) Residents of a peaceful village take sanctuary in a cave after a military invasion, in 1948 when the Korean government evicted Communists to a remote island. Written and directed by Muel O.

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