The Sundance Institute Documentary Program will host a unique gathering of four of the world's leading social entrepreneurs in Park City, January 26-29, 2010. STORIES OF CHANGE: SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN FOCUS THROUGH DOCUMENTARY, is a three-year initiative of the Sundance Documentary Film Program in partnership with the Skoll Foundation, to explore the art of nonfiction storytelling with the impact of social entrepreneurship. The goal is to create new possibilities in democratic practice and contemporary public thought through the dynamic engagement of these two vital fields and to cultivate and fund new documentary films which tell the stories of social entrepreneurs as they meet the world's great challenges with creativity and innovation.
Convenings were designed as a bridge to create a new network of professional exchange between documentary filmmakers and social entrepreneurs, and discover new pathways for exploring independent documentary film's role in advancing knowledge about social entrepreneurship.The Convening at Sundance Film Festival Twenty Ten will mark the third year of convenings. The DFP and Skoll Foundation look forward to welcoming four incredible social entrepreneurs to Park City.
Quratulain Bakhteari is the first of her five siblings born to young socially marginalized parents in Multan after the 1947 migration from India to Pakistan. Her family later moved to a refugee camp in Karachi. At 22 having three sons and family responsibilities she did her master in social work from Karachi University. During her Master's course work and later with UNICEF's project she mobilized 5,000 families and constructed household pit latrines in 1979 which became the policy for of sanitation for low income people in the country. The main objective was to conclude all her experiences in to courses for the young people, isolated, inexperienced and excluded young people. Her aim is to create self development processes by serving the communities.
Munqeth Mehyar serves as Chairman and Jordanian Director of EcoPeace/ Friends of the Earth Middle East. Friends of the Earth Middle East is a unique regional organization that brings together Jordanian, Palestinian and Israeli environmentalists to promote sustainable development and advance peace efforts in the Middle East. The organization has offices in Tel-Aviv, Bethlehem and Amman, employs over 40 paid staff and actively involves hundreds of volunteers. Friends of the Earth Middle East's three co-Directors were honored by TIME magazine as Environmental Heroes in 2008 and the organization was awarded the prestigious Skoll Award in 2009.
Bunker Roy started the Barefoot College 38 years ago. It is the only fully solar electrified College in India built by the poor and managed by the poor who earn less than $ 1/day. One of the few places in India where the work style and life style of Mahatma Gandhi is still alive. The demsytified and decentralised barefoot approach has reached 13 States of India and 21 of the Least Development Countries in Africa.
Martin von Hildebrand has worked for more than 40 years for the recognition and exercise of indigenous rights, and the protection of diversity in the Amazon region. He has received national and international awards including the Right Livelihood Award (Sweden, 1999), National Environmental Prize (Colombia, 1999), Order of the Golden Ark (The Netherlands, 2004), National Prize of Ecology (Colombia, 2004), Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship (USA, 2009) and Latin-American Social Entrepreneur (WEF Rio de Janeiro, 2009).