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Ukrainian War and Iranian Women’s Voices to Appear at Sundance Festival

Los Angeles (USA), 7 December. Ukraine’s armed conflict and Iranian women’s voices take center stage at the 2023 Sundance Festival, a venue dedicated to the promotion and support of independent cinema and its strong return to form.

Journalist Mstislav Chernov’s “20 Days in Mariupol” as well as Roman Liuby’s “Iron Butterfly”, depicting Russia’s violence against Ukraine at different moments in its history, are both part of the World Documentary Competition.

Similarly, this year’s program, which can already be reviewed on its website, includes films such as “Persian Version” by Mariam Keshavarz; “Junum” by Sierra Urich, and “Maybe” by Noura Niasari, -three directors of Iranian origin- that examine family histories of mothers and daughters in migration contexts.

In this sense, the festival highlights the importance of female voices in cinema, both in narrative and management positions that women have taken in the industry.

An example of this is the premiere of “Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields”, a feature film by Lana Wilson that follows actress Brooke Shields’ story of sexual abuse and media pressure early in her career, when she was still a teenager. There was a girl child.

as well as the documentary “The Disappearance of Sheree Heights” by director Nicole Newnham, about the legacy of a pioneer in the study of feminist and female orgasm, Sheree Heights, or “Polite Society”, by British director and screenwriter Nida Manzoor, which tells the story of a teenager. Follows who will try to save his sister from getting married, among other titles.

In addition, according to specialized American media, 32 of the 115 directors who will be part of this edition will debut with a feature film, 20 of whom are women.

The festival, which takes place from January 19 to 29 in Salt Lake City, Utah, will maintain its hybrid format by projecting 75% of the 101 acts that will take the event online.

This is thanks to the scope and positive impact that the cinema encounter received in the years following which the pandemic prevented it from materializing.

Some of the films in competition also featured familiar faces, such as Emanuele Crialis’ Italian film, “L’ Immensità”, starring Spanish Penélope Cruz, in the Spotlight category.

After the premiere of “CODA” in 2022, the participation of Gael García Bernal, who plays a gay fighter in “Cassandro” by Roger Ross Williams, or the return of the Mexican Eugenio Derbez, now as the protagonist of the film “Radical”, by director Christopher Zalla.

The Sundance Film Festival is supported by the Sundance Institute, a non-profit organization founded in 1981 by iconic actor Robert Redford, which also funds independent filmmakers, musicians, directors and theater artists from around the world.

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