Sundance honors films with a political edge

The top two American winners at the Sundance Film Festival put faces on at least three political hot buttons: Hurricane Katrina as it becomes something more than an act of nature, the collapse of the economy and illegal immigration.

Both Tia Lessin and Carl Deal's Trouble the Water, which won the documentary Grand Jury prize, and Courtney Hunt's Frozen River, which won the dramatic Grand Jury prize, are small, personal films that reel back independent filmmaking's more recent, polished and well-financed art-house star vehicles to the early days of Sundance social realism, with stories about women, blacks and native Americans having to walk a tightrope to survive.

(Source: USA Today)


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