Away From Home…

CoExist is what it says the photo of the poster we took today in Paris, when visiting Institut du Monde Arabe. A fine statement after the events in Copenhagen – and Paris. On the wall of the building was written ”nous sommes tous Charlie”. Inside was an impressive exhibition, Le Maroc contemporain, photos, paintings, videos, carpets, dresses, sculptures, a huge effort has been done to capture culture and soul of an Arab country. The exhibition can be seen until March 1st.

We arrived in Paris sunday morning after having been watching television the whole evening and most of the night. As well as been standing at the windows of our fourth floor appartment to see and listen. In the street people were walking quickly away from the nearby Nørreport Station, the blue lights from the police cars were flashing on the other side of the park and the sound of police car sirens were constant. Horrifying!

In Paris the attack was on the front page of the newspaper Libération: Vi er danskere = nous sommes danois, the text put on a photo taken outside the synagogue, where Jewish Dan Uzan was killed. In Le Monde Danish author Jens Christian Grøndahl conveyed his impressions from the moving memorial and in Le Figaro Danish-Syrian Naser Khader, former member of the Danish parliament gave a personal interview on how he grew up in the Danish society, so much different from Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein, the man believed to be behind the killing of Uzan and Finn Nørgaard, Danish filmmaker, on that black weekend in Copenhagen.


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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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