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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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The Ruins of Lifta

A film by Menachem Daum

Lifta, the only remaining Arab village depopulated in Israel's 1948 War of Independence that has not been completely destroyed or repopulated by Jews, is now facing settlement construction.

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Same God

A film by Linda Midgett

Wheaton College is considered to be the “Harvard” of evangelical schools, according to director Linda Midgett, a college founded by abolitionists dedicated to rooting out slavery and racism.  Midgett herself is a graduate of the school, which she says historically has been the “keeper” of evangelical culture and a bellwether of its future. 

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Shamans: Healing Our World

A film by Marianna Yarovskaya

In Shamans: Healing Our World, the director records the shamans' wisdom, and teachings as she journeys to some of the few remaining ecologically pure places remaining on the globe.

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Shaykha

A film by Kelly Thomson and Zachary Stuart

The film is a first-person story of the journeys of three female Sufi leaders. The characters are "globally interconnected" women who are striving for social transformation in diverse areas of the globe, from a mosque in Tribeca to rural Senegal to Istanbul.

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Streetcar to Kolkata

A film by Kavery Kaul

In Streetcar to Kolkata, Bengali-speaking, Calcutta-born filmmaker Kavery Kaul takes American writer Fatima Shaik on her first trip to India in a search for her grandfather's village.

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Swans at the Lake: The Story of American Buddhism

A film by Gaetano Kazuo Maida

Swans at the Lake will be the first television documentary to comprehensively explore the American encounter with Buddhism over 150 years in the U.S. Director Gaetano Kazuo Maida, who is the Executive Director of the Buddhist Film Foundation and the International Buddhist Film Festival, envisions a panoramic film series focused on the fastest growing spiritual tradition in America, and its influence on the arts, psychology, neuroscience and social activism.

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Team Tibet - Home Away From Home

A film by Robin Greenberg

Team Tibet - Home Away From Home mines the life of Thuten Kesang, who has lived in exile for more than fifty years, first in India and then New Zealand, and raises awareness about the plight of Tibetans.

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The Team

A film by Macky Alston and Nick Gottlieb

The Team will go where we all want to go - away. It will follow the filmmakers' multiracial, nontraditional family - two Dads, Macky and Nick, and two daughters, Alice and Penelope - as they escape the wired world for a year in the idealized Eden of Costa Rica and then return to New York, still disovering a spiritual path forward.

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They will have to kill us first - Timbuktu

They Will Have To Kill Us First

A film by Johanna Schwartz and Kat Amara-Korba

When the mujahedeen forbid the broadcasting of any music on all radios in the Islamic territory of Mali, the musicians fled to refugee camps and chose to stand up to the ban and to highlight their plight.

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