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USC film school teams up with State Dept. for international documentary festival


A screencap from the documentary "G-Dog," one of the films distributed under the American Film Showcase program of the University of Southern California, funded by the U.S. State Department.

For the third year, the U.S. State Department is funding the University of Southern California's American Film Showcase, a $3.3 million program that sends American documentary filmmakers and their movies around the world to show them a side of America they may not know.

The program takes "some of the best documentaries made over the last couple years" to residents of other countries, said Alan Baker, an associate dean at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts. The goal: To to educate and, maybe, change minds.

SCPR's Kitty Felde reports.

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