AFAC and Documentaries

They are doing important work for the documentary at AFAC (Arab Fund for Arts and Culture). I have been privileged to be tutoring at two of their workshops, the last one in Beirut late February. Rima Mismar is the woman in charge (photo, two from right), she wrote the following text taken from the website of AFAC. Via the link you will get precise information about the workshop and the upcoming films:

For each cycle of the Arab Documentary Film Program (ADFP), AFAC holds a workshop that aims at providing its documentary projects with professional support in areas where it is needed. In addition to providing financial support, AFAC works closely with individual grantees and involves a number of seasoned film professionals to act as advisors, particularly for less experienced filmmakers, the majority for this edition of the ADFP.

Between February 22 and 24, a development workshop for the 2012 ADFP projects took place in Beirut, with the support of a team of advisors, coming from different cinematic and geographical backgrounds. Seven documentary projects took part in Beirut’s workshop, most still in development phase, one that has finished shooting while two

others still in production for various reasons: Dahna Abourahme’s A folktale of Palestine (Lebanon), Selim Mrad’s Counterbalance (Lebanon), Rachid Biyi’s Bread and Angels (Morocco), Nadine Salib’s Mother of the Unborn (Egypt), Mariam Mekiwi’s Hinter Tausend Staeben Keine Welt (Egypt), Ramez Mikhael’s The Craft (Egypt), and ElKheyyer Zidane’s Deadly Business (Algeria).

A top-notch team of advisors was assembled to give the filmmakers in-depth feedback in addition to an insight into the market, additional sources for funding, and possible solutions to the restrictions they are facing. The advisors committee comprised Danish documentary consultant and critic Tue Steen Müller, American producer Joslyn Barnes, Syrian producer and festival director Orwa Nyrabia, and Lebanese filmmaker and Commissioning Editor Mohamad Soueid.

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Tue Steen Müller
Tue Steen Müller

Müller, Tue Steen
Documentary Consultant and Critic, DENMARK

Worked with documentary films for more than 20 years at the Danish Film Board, as press officer, festival representative and film consultant/commissioner. Co-founder of Balticum Film and TV Festival, Filmkontakt Nord, Documentary of the EU and EDN (European Documentary Network).
Awards: 2004 the Danish Roos Prize for his contribution to the Danish and European documentary culture. 2006 an award for promoting Portuguese documentaries. 2014 he received the EDN Award “for an outstanding contribution to the development of the European documentary culture”. 2016 The Cross of the Knight of the Order for Merits to Lithuania. 2019 a Big Stamp at the 15th edition of ZagrebDox. 2021 receipt of the highest state decoration, Order of the Three Stars, Fourth Class, for the significant contribution to the development and promotion of Latvian documentary cinema outside Latvia. In 2022 he received an honorary award at DocsBarcelona’s 25th edition having served as organizer and programmer since the start of the festival.
From 1996 until 2005 he was the first director of EDN (European Documentary Network). From 2006 a freelance consultant and teacher in workshops like Ex Oriente, DocsBarcelona, Archidoc, Documentary Campus, Storydoc, Baltic Sea Forum, Black Sea DocStories, Caucadoc, CinéDOC Tbilisi, Docudays Kiev, Dealing With the Past Sarajevo FF as well as programme consultant for the festivals Magnificent7 in Belgrade, DOCSBarcelona, Verzio Budapest, Message2Man in St. Petersburg and DOKLeipzig. Teaches at the Zelig Documentary School in Bolzano Italy.

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