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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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Ethiopian Jews

A film by Lowell Handler and Danae Elon

During the past several decades, thousands of Ethiopian Jews were granted permission from Israel to immigrate to that country. Ethiopian Jews follows one family's migration and assimilation.

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A film by Matthew Diamond

Exaltation will explore the universal use of dance around the world to communicate a reverence for the spiritual.

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First Guru

A film by Raja Choudhury

First Guru travels back to when Hinduism, Vedanta and Yoga first entered the national conversation in America in 1893, with the arrival of a young Indian monk.

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Forbidden Reel

A film by Ariel Nasr and Sergeo Kirby

The thriving film industry in Afghanistan is a well kept secret. A little know fact in a country famous for war is the existence of a vital film legacy that has existed since the 1950s. The archived films reveal a place of culture, politics, a sophisticated middle class and a keen sense of humor. The visuals created since then document a place pulled between the forces of modernity and tradition, and shine a light on the changing milieu that Muslims have faced over the past 60 years.

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Harlem Sings

A film by Sarah Hamilton

Motivated by her faith, a choral director and music educator settled in Harlem a decade ago and set up a gospel choir for teens from disadvantaged and challenging backgrounds.

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Home again

Home Again

A film by Julie Englander

When you’ve grown up all over the world, can you ever really go home again? Home Again takes an intimate look at the struggles of evangelical Missionary Kids, whose childhoods have taken them around the globe. 

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Life Without Basketball

A film by Jon Mercer and Tim O'Donnell

Life Without Basketball follows Bilqis, a young woman who explores her faith and identify as a Muslim American when a controversial ruling prevents her from playing basketball.

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Love & Stuff

A film by Judith Helfand

This inspirational first-person documentary will explore mother -daughter love from both sides of the camera as the director Judith Helfand embraces a series of spiritual life-cycle challenges and universal rites of passage. 

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