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 Hartley Film Foundation's seed grants and fiscal sponsorship programs support filmmakers in developing innovative documentaries about world religions and spirituality.

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10 Questions You Can't Ask About Israel and Palestine

A film by Jed Rothstein

10 Questions will be a series of interrelated short films that offer perspectives on the vital questions surrounding the US/Israeli/Palestinian relationship. The films will echo the layered structure of "Radiolab," and weave together the short, stand-alone stories.

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93 Queen

A film by Paula Eiselt

93 Queen follows Rachel "Ruchie" Freier, a lawyer, mother of six, and member of the Hasidic community, on her quest to deliver dignified emergency medical services to the Hasidic women of her neighborhood in Brooklyn.

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American Saint

A film by Allison Berg

American Saint explores the case to make bishop and media star Fulton Sheen a saint, and how a clash between two prominent religious leaders has halted that process. The film will shed light on the fascinating process of sainthood in the Catholic religion.

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By a Thread

A film by Tamir Elterman, Rina Castelnuovo and Hilla Medalia

By A Thread tells the story of a Palestinian child from Gaza, Muhammad (Muhi) El Farrah, son of a Hamas activist wanted in Israel, who was transferred as a baby to Israel for treatment of a life-threatening incurable genetic condition. Israeli physicians believe that returning Muhi to Gaza would be a death sentence, since Gaza's hospitals are on the brink of collapse. Muhi has spent his six years of life in the hospital. It's the story of a child caught up in the endless conflict.

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Crazy Dream

A film by Bob Richman, Kelly Sheehan and Kim Connell

Crazy Dream follows a multicultural group of African-American, Asian, Hispanic and Caucasian musicians on a mission as cultural ambassadors for the U.S. State Department.

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Dalya's Other Country

A film by Julia Meltzer

An observant Muslim girl, a refugee from Aleppo, Syria, attends an all-girls Catholic high school and is ollowed as she and her mother negotiate family, faith, adolescence, immigration and identity in the U.S.

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Dancing on Two Feet

A film by Cecilia Valsted and Lars Brask Frederiksen

A Danish team recently discovered that in Freetown, Sierra Leone, both Christian and Muslim people of faith live peacefully together in daily life.

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Dying at Peace

A film by David Kennard

Dying at Peace takes a thoughtful look at the best information available about our “final hour” and what lies beyond.

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