American Documentary Showcase

Department of State - USA

Featured Films 2011

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) announces the lineup for the third season of the American Documentary Showcase, which will send 18 American documentary films to more than 20 countries, to cultivate greater understanding among people around the world. The 2011 films are:

Corner Plot
Deep Down
Freedom Riders
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front
Imaginary Circumstances
It's About You: John Mellencamp
Kids with Cameras
Latin Music USA: The Chicano Wave
The Lottery
Louder than a Bomb
Make Believe
The Most Dangerous Man in America:
Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers

The New Frontier:
Sustainable Ranching in the American West

Niger ’66: A Peace Corps Diary
No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson
One Lucky Elephant
Poster Girl
We Still Live Here

Animated Shorts: Bottle, Kiwi, Singles, Work, & Something Left, Something Taken

These films explore diverse topics including civil rights, the treatment of military veterans, environmentalism, and freedom of the press. The documentary filmmakers, as well as film experts, will fan out across the globe, beginning in February, to highlight the selected films to international audiences and conduct public screenings, master classes, and workshops. In addition, these American filmmakers will work with their foreign counterparts on outreach programs on filmmaking and new media and look for new areas for collaboration with local filmmakers. The American Documentary Showcase is implemented through an open grant process by the University Film and Video Association.

Where is Lior Now?

Emails arrive often requesting an update on Lior and his family, the subject of 2009 AMDOCS Featured Film Praying With Lior. We are grateful they are still happy to share their lives!

Lior is busy. He attends the Academy for Adult Learning at Temple University. He works part time at the local food coop (Check out his welcome in the co-op newsletter), walking back and forth to work. He works out, participates in his synagogue teen leadership program, plays basketball with Special Olympics, still does "talk backs" with audiences after screenings of "his movie," and is applying for training to be a self-advocate, as a result of his speaking experiences from PRAYING WITH LIOR.

Lior's "little" sister Anna is in Israel before starting college. Brother Yoni works in the film industry in LA. Sister Reena is a lawyer in NYC, and brother Ben is living in China.

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Recent Press

John Anderson, The State Department's Documentary Diplomacy, New York Times, January 14, 2011

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Featured Films 2010

A selection committee reviewed over 150 films and selected 29 that best represent the goals of the Showcase: to show specific aspects of American life and culture though exceptional nonfiction work, made by Americans about America. These documentary films and their filmmakers are a vital part of each traveling Showcase delegation.

Body & Soul: Diana & Kathy
Bronx Princess
Burning the Future: Coal in America
Come Back to Sudan
The First Kid to Learn English from Mexico
Freeway Philharmonic
How to Fold a Flag
King Corn & Big River
New Muslim Cool
No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos
Notes on Liberty

Oh, Saigon
Racing Dreams
Reading the Water
Soundtrack for a Revolution
Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo
Trouble the Water
A Village Called Versailles
Welcome to Shelbyville
Which Way Home
Whiz Kids
Animated Shorts


Experts travel overseas as a vital part of the Showcase delegations, teaming with filmmakers to provide a range of views on the democratic process, documentary film, and American culture. Each expert has practical experience in aspects of documentary and media, along with educational sophistication and a willingness to engage in discussions with many kinds of audiences. More info about the Experts can be found on our Experts Page, or click on an individual specialist for bios, photos, reports, etc.

Claire Aguilar
Ann Alter
M.K. Asante, Jr.
Lucas Bessire
Mitchell Block
Diane Carson
Xandra Castleton
Greg Durbin
Harrison Engle
Martha Foster
Mark Freeman
Michael Gonzales
Robert Johnson, Jr.
Betsy McLane
Bill Murphy
Patrick Murphy
David O'Shields
Sandra J. Ruch
Simon Tarr
Niklas Vollmer
Lois Vossen
Bart Weiss
Thomas White

Project Director, Betsy A. McLane, Ph.D.
Project Manager, Joan von Herrmann
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