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Film is accepted into all kinds of cultures as a universal language that is ideal for one-on-one engagement between audience and filmmaker, which is one purpose of Film Forward.
Film is accepted into all kinds of cultures as a universal language that is ideal for one-on-one engagement between audience and filmmaker, which is one purpose of Film Forward.
2014 Film Forward: Circles directed by Srdan Golubovic. Five people are affected by a tragic heroic act. Twenty years later, all of them will have to confront the past through their own crises.
2014 Film Forward: Circles directed by Srdan Golubovic. Five people are affected by a tragic heroic act. Twenty years later, all of them will have to confront the past through their own crises.
2014 Film Forward: Dancing in Jaffa directed by Hilla Medalia.Renowned ballroom dancer, Pierre Dulaine, takes his belief that dance can overcome political and cultural differences and applies it to 11 year old Jewish and Palestinian Israelis.
2014 Film Forward: Dancing in Jaffa directed by Hilla Medalia.Renowned ballroom dancer, Pierre Dulaine, takes his belief that dance can overcome political and cultural differences and applies it to 11 year old Jewish and Palestinian Israelis.
2014 Film Forward: Fruitvale Station directed by Ryan Coogler. The true story of Oscar, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008.
2014 Film Forward: Fruitvale Station directed by Ryan Coogler. The true story of Oscar, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008.
2014 Film Forward: If You Build It directed by Patrick Creadon (US). Designer/activists Emily Pilloton and Matt Miller, together with their high school students, unleash the power of humanitarian design to help their struggling community in rural North Carolina.
2014 Film Forward: If You Build It directed by Patrick Creadon (US). Designer/activists Emily Pilloton and Matt Miller, together with their high school students, unleash the power of humanitarian design to help their struggling community in rural North Carolina.
2014 Film Forward: The Rocket directed by Kim Mordaunt (Aus). In Laos, land scarred by war, a boy sets off to prove he’s not cursed and builds a giant rocket to enter the Laos' most lucrative but dangerous rocket competition.
2014 Film Forward: The Rocket directed by Kim Mordaunt (Aus). In Laos, land scarred by war, a boy sets off to prove he’s not cursed and builds a giant rocket to enter the Laos' most lucrative but dangerous rocket competition.
2014 Film Forward: Twenty Feet fform Stardom directed by Morgan Neville. illions know their voices, but no one knows their names. Twenty Feet From Stardom shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends.
2014 Film Forward: Twenty Feet fform Stardom directed by Morgan Neville. illions know their voices, but no one knows their names. Twenty Feet From Stardom shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends.
2014 Film Forward: Valentine Road directed by Marta Cunningham. Eighth-grade student Brandon McInerney shot his classmate Larry King twice in the head. Valentine Road unravels the trouble lives of two victims and calls into question the very notion of justice.
2014 Film Forward: Valentine Road directed by Marta Cunningham. Eighth-grade student Brandon McInerney shot his classmate Larry King twice in the head. Valentine Road unravels the trouble lives of two victims and calls into question the very notion of justice.
2014 Film Forward: The World Before Her directed by Nisha Pahuja. Moving between two extremes—the Miss India pageant’s rigorous beauty “bootcamp” and a militant Hindu fundamentalist camp for young girls—this film delivers a portrait of India's current cultural conflicts.
2014 Film Forward: The World Before Her directed by Nisha Pahuja. Moving between two extremes—the Miss India pageant’s rigorous beauty “bootcamp” and a militant Hindu fundamentalist camp for young girls—this film delivers a portrait of India's current cultural conflicts.

Film Forward: Advancing Cultural Dialogue is an international cultural exchange program designed to enhance cross-cultural understanding, and collaboration by engaging audiences here and abroad through filmmakers and their films. By inviting exceptional U.S. and international filmmakers, Film Forward mirrors the diversity of backgrounds and viewpoints that are characteristic of the US, underscoring the importance of mutual understanding and respect for other cultures and traditions.

Film Forward: Advancing Cultural Dialogue chooses a carefully curated group of ten contemporary independent films, five American and five international, and invites the filmmakers to present their works in selected locations in both the United States and at American embassies and other venues abroad. Master classes, discussion panels, Q&As and other engagements between filmmaker and audience are programmed around the screenings in all locations, cultivating dialogue that highlights common values, helping to challenge stereotypes and open doors to other cultures and ideas.

Film Forward is an initiative of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and the Sundance Institute supported through an unprecedented collaboration between the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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Film Forward 2013 in Their Own Words

Film Forward 2013 in Their Own Words
Film Forward closed out 2013 and its third year in rural Maine, which also included visits to Taiwan, China, Colombia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Jordan, as well as Seattle Washington; Imperial Valley, CA; and Puerto Rico. Although not all the numbers are in yet, the impact of these visits is ... Learn More »

Film Forward Announces 2014 Films and Filmmakers

Now in its fourth year, Film Forward: Advancing Cultural Dialogue will send eight filmmakers and their films to visit China, Taiwan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Indonesia, as well as Detroit, MI; Jackson, MS;, Harrisburg, PA and San Diego, CA. Film Forward seeks to enhance greater cultural understanding ... Learn More »

Film Forward 2013 Films

The President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities and the Sundance Institute announce the 2013 slate of eight films and filmmakers, who have been invited to participate in this year’s Film Forward: Advancing Cultural Dialogue. This year’s films and filmmakers will travel to eight ... Learn More »

Audiences in Turkey Applaud PCAH’s Film Forward

Audiences in Turkey Applaud PCAH’s Film Forward
Film Forward made its second international trip in early March with filmmakers Cherien Dabis, (Ameerka), and Havana Marking (Afghan Star) conducting a series of conversations and screenings with audiences in Istanbul, Eskisehir and Ankara Turkey. To comprehend the power of Film Forward’s ... Learn More »

Film Forward Showcase on the National Mall in May

Film Forward Showcase on the National Mall in May
The Film Forward: Advancing Cultural Dialogue Showcase will take place at ten venues around the National Mall on May 12, 2011.  Film Forward connects contemporary independent U.S. and international films and filmmakers with diverse audiences around the globe. The Washington screenings ... Learn More »