2015 Film Finalists

  • Where I Can't Be Found

    Arjun Talwar

  • Existence

    David Klammer

  • Going Home

    Jayesh Akhargekar

  • Sounds of Blikkiesdorp

    Laurence Bonvin

  • Faces

    Nikon Romanchenko

  • A Paradise

    Jayisha Patel

  • Under Cane

    Ed Kashi

  • Survivors Ink

    Almudena Toral

  • Pod Pokrovom

    Maryam Gabaeva Vahaevna

The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation For Documentary Photography & Film

 

2015 Film Grant Finalists

Jayesh Akhargekar
India
Going Home - Evicted from their home, an Indian mother pays 500 rupees a month to live and survive by a Kolkata railroad track where she cares for her 6 year old son and works to pay his school tuition.
Laurence Bonvins
Switzerland
Sounds of Blikkiesdorp - Life, resourcefulness and spirit in harsh temporary housing built to relocate the unwanted to the outskirts of Cape Town prior to the World Cup. Here music binds the structures, alleys and people.
Ed Kashi
USA
Under Cane - Exposing social injustice in the sugarcane communities of Nicaragua, Chronic Kidney Disease of nontraditional causes has killed over 20,000 Central American men in the past 10 years.
David Klammer
Germany
Existence - The hard work and hard lives of a rickshaw puller, a ropedancer family and a garbage collector are portrayed in the hustle and vibrancy of Kolkata, eastern India’s megacity.
Jayisha Patel
UK
A Paradise - Exploring one family’s trauma and in turn an entire community’s search for reason and affirmation after the loss of their children from a child suicide phenomenon in a remote Cuban town.
Nikon Romanchenko
Ukraine
Faces - Individual portraits of some masked and faceless protesters in central Kiev fighting for dignity against the Ukrainian dictatorship in late 2013 and early 2014.
Arjun Talwar
India/USA
Where I Can't Be Found - A day in the life of an ascetic as he wanders leisurely through an idyllic valley in southern India where this popular philosopher and sometime teacher accepts events as gifts of fate.
Almudena Toral
USA/Spain
Survivors Ink - Branded with tattoos by her pimp, an Ohio woman starts a grassroots project to help formerly trafficked women like herself to cover up their marks with their own symbols of hope and recovery.
Maryam Gabaeva Vahaevna
Russia
Pod Pokrovom - A film makers’ personal recollection of the tragedies endured by her, her family and the Chechen people during the war in 1995 when she was 15 years old.