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Sundance Film Festival 2023: Together Film’s Top Programme Picks

The time of year has come again where we celebrate the start of festival season with the opening of Sundance Film Festival. Taking place January 19th to January 29th, the Utah festival is always an anticipated event in the Together Film team’s calendars.

Sundance is a true celebration of filmmakers and creatives, where audiences are sure to discover new perspectives and impactful storytelling.

Read on to find out what our top 3 picks are from the festival’s 2023 programme.


Courtesy of Sundance Institute.

Directed and produced by Nancy Schwartzman.
Starring Rae De Leon.
Produced in partnership with Motto Pictures and Center for Investigative Reporting Studios as a Netflix original film.

This investigative documentary follows CIR reporter, Rae De Leon, as she uncovers the stories of victims of sexual assault looking for justice only to be met with being charged themselves with making false reports. This story will most certainly be met with outrage and empathy from audiences who watch it.

Nancy’s film will screen as an official selection in the U.S. Documentary Competition. Find out more about the film on the Sundance website.

We worked with Nancy on her debut feature of Roll Red Roll (POV/Netflix 2019), the chilling documentary that followed the Steubenville High School sexual assault case.


Courtesy of Sundance Institute | Photo by Hankyeol Lee.

Directed by Milisuthando Bongela.

Milisuthando is a coming-of-age personal essay on love and what it means to become human in the context of race explores the memories and experiences of Milisuthando Bongela, who grew up within apartheid without knowing it was happening until it was over.

The director, Milisuthando Bongela, is an artist, editor, cultural worker and award-winning writer. Milisuthando is her first film which will be premiering at the festival.

This film is an official selection in the World Cinema Documentary Competition. Find out more on the Sundance website.


Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Kalman Muller

Directed by Andrew Durham.
Executive Produced by Nicole Shipley.

Fairyland was executive produced by our friend Nicole Shipley, CEO of Safe Space Pictures Foundation. We worked with Nicole recently on the 2022 documentary Battleground, a film focusing on the fight for the future of abortion in America.

Based on the memoir ‘Fairyland: A Memoir of my Father’ by Alysia Abbott, Fairyland is a story chronicling a father/daughter relationship amid the AIDS crisis, set against the backdrop of San Francisco in the ‘70s & ‘80s.

This film is showing as part of the Premieres programme. Find out more about the film on the Sundance website.

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