• Where: Kolkata
    When: October 5-8, 2015

    In a first-time collaboration with the Documentary Resource Initiative, Sundance Film Forward heads to India with filmmakers Lacey Schwartz (director, Little White Lie) and Mehret Mandefro (producer, Difret). The program in Kolkata will feature free public film screenings, Q&A sessions, workshops, and a local filmmaker roundtable event.

    Little White Lie documents the personal story of director Lacey Schwartz as she confronts a family secret that ultimately leads her on a journey of re-discovery, grappling with her dual identity of being Black and Jewish. The power of tradition is challenged by modern law in Difret. The film tells the story of a 14-year old Ethiopian girl facing the death penalty after killing her would-be husband and a tenacious young lawyer brought to the small rural village to represent her.

    Schedule Of Events

    All events are free and open to the public.

    Monday, October 5
    7:15pm Difret
    Discussion with producer Mehret Mandefro following the film.

    Tuesday, October 6
    Discussion with director Lacey Schwartz following the film.
    5:30pm Difret
    Discussion with producer Mehret Mandefro following the film.

    Wednesday, October 7 
    Discussion with director Lacey Schwartz following the film.

    5:30pm Difret
    Discussion with producer Mehret Mandefro following the film.

    6:30pm Little White Lie
    Discussion with director Lacey Schwartz following the film.

    Thursday, October 8
    5:30pm Filmmaker Roundtable
    Film Forward Filmmakers and Sundance Alumni discuss independent cinema in India and global support.

    6:30pm Difret
    Discussion with producer Mehret Mandefro following the film.

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  • Program Collaborators

    Documentary Resource Initiative
    DRI is engaged in documentary campaign through trainings, workshops, pitching forum, publications and creation of innovative documentary films. The institute is devoted to the promotion of artistic and socially relevant documentary through intensive training, mentoring, screenings and critical dialogues with authors. DRI widens the audience base by facilitating continuous dialogue between the audience and documentary community and through other modes of dissemination of documentary activities taking place globally.

    Based in Kolkata, the Documentary Resource Initiative (DRI) is a not-for-profit organization registered under the West Bengal Societies Registration Act, 1961.


    American Consulate Kolkata
    Kolkata has a preeminent place in the history of American diplomacy as one of the oldest American Consulates anywhere in the world, and the oldest in India. 

    Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute
    Named after the  legendary film maestro Satyajit Ray, the Institute has emerged as a national center of excellence which offers post-graduate program  in Cinematic studies. SRFTI has succeeded in articulating and disseminating classical and contemporary theories of praxis for the creative minds to leap into the world of professional practice: be it mainstream, parallel,art-house, experimental or non-fiction narratives. The Institute has crossed  many mile stones towards a new paradigm of the art and craft of Film making by providing  a creative ambiance to inspire  the budding film makers with an innovative language of artistic expression.

    Goethe Institute, Kolkata
    The Goethe-Institut is the Federal Republic of Germany’s cultural institution operational worldwide. The Goethe-Institut in Kolkata (founded in 1957), like all the other institutes in India, is also known as Max Mueller Bhavan – in honour of Max Müller (1823-1900), a scholar of comparative religion and co-founder of modern Indian studies.

    Rabindra Tirtha
    Originally an initiative to commemorate the birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, the Rabindra Tirtha was founded in 2012. The Cultural & Research Institute located in the heart of New Town features facilities including an Auditorium, an Art Galleries, Exhibition Halls, Mini Cinema Hall and a Music Room. 

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