The first-ever Sundance London Film and Music Festival kicks off in the British capital on Thursday. It will host the UK premieres of films that debuted in Park City back in January and will have a music component featuring T Bone Burnett, Placebo and Rufus and Martha Wainwright. As part of the ramp-up, the Sundance Institute and British nonprofit WorldView have announced they’ll jointly present awards at the festival to four films that focus on social justice issues in the developing world. Recipients of the prizes are Kashmir-set romance Valley Of Saints by Musa Syeed, which won the World Cinema Audience Award at Sundance 2012; Katie Mark’s Street Girls, about prostitutes in Nigeria; Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s Farming, about a Nigerian boy’s search for love within a brutal skinhead subculture; and Sally El Hosaini’s My Brother The Devil, about a set of British-Arab brothers in London, which also took the World Cinema Cinematography Award at Sundance in January. The prizes come with a £5,000 or $10,000 purse.
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