The Trust has funded a range of documentary projects and organisations over the years. The trailers from some of these films are below.
Dirty Wars is a US-made documentary presented by journalist Jeremy Scahill which investigates the rapid expansion of secret ‘targeted killings’ by the US government, and reflects on the consequences of this policy for America and the rest of the world. SRT supported the film via BRITDOC, a non-profit foundation that works with filmmakers and charities to fund, promote and distribute documentary films. www.dirtywars.org
No Fire Zone
Outsider TV is an independent TV production company based in the UK. SRT’s grant supports their screenings (in partnership with Channel 4 and Amnesty International) of the documentary “No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka” in a number of Asian, African and American countries to encourage those states to support calls for accountability at the UN Human Rights Council. www.outsidertv.co.uk
The Trial of Radko Mladic
A grant to the London-based Sandpaper supported a documentary film on the trial of Ratko Mladic at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). The film aired on PBS Frontline (2019), on BBC 4 Storyville (2020), at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, the International Documentary Film Festival (2019), and the HotDocs international documentary festival (2019). It was also shortlisted for Grierson award in the ‘Best Single Documentary - International’ category (2019) and selected by Doku:Fest Prizern in the Special Screenings category. It received a five-star review in the Financial Times.
Wallenberg’s Shadow is a Swedish-made educational documentary telling the story of Raoul Wallenberg and Per Anger, two Swedish diplomats who saved numerous Hungarian Jews from the Nazis during the Second World War.
Women, War & Peace
The five-part series co-produced by Abigail E. Disney and Gini Reticker, examines the way women suffer in today’s wars, but are also emerging as leaders in brokering peace. It spotlights the stories of women in conflict zones in Bosnia, Afghanistan, Colombia and Liberia, reframing our understanding of modern warfare. Narrated in part by Matt Damon, Tilda Swinton, Geena Davis and Alfre Woodard, the documentaries were shown on the Public Broadcasting Service network in 2011 as part of the WIDE ANGLE international documentary series. A global outreach programme was conducted in concert with NGOs. (The grantee was WNET.) www.forkfilms.com/projects/women-war-and-peace/