April 20, 2020 10:14 am
Language of Opportunity, a film in collaboration with Kartemquin, has been selected to participate in the 2020 Tribeca Film Institute Virtual TFI Network. Director/Producer Anuradha Rana is the program coordinator for the Diverse Voices in Doc Fellowship (DVID) organized by Kartemquin Films and Community Film Workshop of Chicago.
Set against the backdrop of rising nationalism, Language of Opportunity contrasts the immigrant experience of Indian families in the US with the aspirations of migrant families in urban India to discover how inextricably language is woven into our identity. Filmmaker Anuradha Rana dissects the role of language diversity in its formation and pursuit of a more tolerant society.
Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID) coordinator Anuradha Rana serves as the film's director and producer. Language of Opportunity is produced by B. Rich (Minding the Gap) and Brent E. Huffman (Saving Mes Aynak); co-produced and cinematography by B. Rich; edited by Chithra Jeyaram.
Learn more about Language of Opportunity by visiting the film's website http://www.isthmusfilms.com/.
Also selected for the Virtual TFI Network is 2018 DVID Alum Milton Guillén. Milton is an award-winning Nicaraguan filmmaker who dwells in the realm of docufiction. His film On The Move follows three visual artists in exile from Syria, Sudan and Nicaragua as they strive to remain emotionally connected to their turbulent home countries. As the film progresses, a kaleidoscopic view of displacement emerges, drawing similarities and contrasts in the emotional burdens of these artists through the eyes of the movement itself.
2020 marks the tenth year of the market at the Tribeca Film Festival, which provides opportunities for storytellers to meet and make valuable connections with industry executives, financiers, producers, programmers, and other key parties who can potentially support and partner on their projects. Language of Opportunity is one of 43 total projects selected to participate in the market from April 27 to May 1.
Prior to TFI Network, filmmakers will attend “Prep Week” from April 21 through April 23, which includes online pitch training sessions with mentors.
This is the sixth year of the partnership between Kartemquin's DVID program and the TFI Network, with previous beneficiaries including Bing Liu (Minding the Gap) in 2015, Kelly Richmond Pope (All the Queen's Horses) in 2016, Ashley O'Shay (Unapologetic) in 2017, and Jiayan "Jenny" Shi (Finding Yingying) in 2019.
TFI Network is a co-production market that encourages the discovery of new projects by introducing industry participants to a carefully curated group of filmmakers and content creators participating in TFI programs, such as Tribeca All Access, TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund, our interactive programs and from partners around the globe. Recent showcased projects that have been supported through TFI Network include: Monsters and Men, The Rider, Selah and the Spades, Edge of Democracy, Minding The Gap, and Hale County This Morning, This Evening.