Sundance awards doc grants

20 films from 12 countries earn honors

NEW YORK -- The Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program will award its fall 2008 grants to 20 films exploring several politically charged topics.

Macky Alston's "The Truth Will Set You Free" follows openly gay bishop Gene Robinson on his journey from New Hampshire to London to fight for gay church leadership. Joe Wilson and Dean Hamer's "Out in the Silence" documents the controversy over the filmmakers' marriage.

Eric Daniel Metzgar's doc "Reporter" follows New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof's trip to meet leaders in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Two other projects also feature notable names and explore genocide: Oscar nominee Edet Belzberg's "Watchers of the Sky" and Pamela Yates' "The Reckoning."

Twelve countries are represented among the slate, including several co-productions. Priya Giri Desai and Ann S. Kim's U.S./Indian "Match +" explores an HIV-positive matchmaking service in India. Patricio Guzman's Chilean/French "Nostalgia de la Luz" follows women searching for relatives missing under Pinochet's dictatorship in Chile.