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In 2007, the Alter-Ciné Foundation received 60 documentary submissions from 18 countries.

Hector Cadena, recipient of an Alter-Ciné Foundation grant of US $5,000
Hector Cadena (Tin Dirdamal), a 25 year-old filmmaker from Mexico, received a US $5,000 award for his project entitled “Agua” (Water)


A film our about our inabililty, as human beings, to relate harmoniously to the rest of our planet and how this failure leads us to fight over our future supply of water. A reflection on our habits, our demons and our inability to search for alternatives, seen through the theme of water. A small village in Bolivia, where people become aware of the importance of their water supply and are prepared to fight to keep it.


Senegal filmmaker Khady Sylla, recipient of a 2007 Alter-Ciné Foundation grant of US $5,000
Khady Sylla (44) from Senegal, was awarded a US $5,000 grant for her film “Le monologue de la muette” (The Monologue of the Dumb).


Ami works as maid for a well-to-do family in Dakar, Senegal. She works twelve hours or more a day. The women in the household never leaves her alone. She's paid a pittance and even accused of stealing a head of cabbage.

Ami lives in a crowded shantytown. Her only hope for escape lies with her husband, Omar. But Omar works far away in the province of Casamance, and only comes home for rare, short visits.

Ami gives birth in her husband's village during the rainy season. She's then made to work on the land of her in-laws, where she earns nothing at all. Her life appears in a dead end. Does she listen to fortune-tellers like Fatim, the rapper, or Josephine, the revolutionary?

There are fifty thousand Serere maids in Dakar. Why does the freedom of some take place on the backs of others?


Ernesto Cabellos, recipient of an Alter-Ciné Foundation grant of US $5,000
Ernesto Cabellos a 39 year-old filmmaker from Peru, received a US $5,000 award for his project entitled “Operacion Diablo” (Operation Devil).


Father Marco Arana, a humble parish priest in the mountains of Peru, is being followed. A private surveillance firm has been hired to video-tape and photograph the priest's every move; their meticulous reports are code-named “The Operation Devil.” We follow Father Marco through a paper trail of political suspense and mystery that leads us to South America's largest gold mine. For the past decade, the priest and his band of eco-activists have been helping farming communities in claims against the mine, earning the priest the nickname “The Devil.” Peru is one of the world's top gold producers and the state has ceded power to transnational corporations who guard their territory like outlaws in the Wild West. “The Devil Operation” exposes the new wave of persecution faced by Latin America's social leaders and human rights defenders