Chantal Briet Alimentation Generale

I met Ali Zebboudj three times in the company of others. I met him on film, never personally. And yet I have the memory of him very precisely in my mind. I see him in his shop in Epinay in Paris, serving his clients with a big heart, always caring about the Other, always having time to listen, to express compassion and give a helping hand when needed in a multicultural, socially tough environment.

Now Ali is dead, murdered some days ago on an early morning when he was about to open his shop. A meaningless act performed by a sick person.

I met Ali the first time in Lisbon when I sat on a jury that did not hesitate to give Chantal Briet the first prize for her documentary film about Ali and his shop, “Alimentation Generale”. I met Ali the second time in Copenhagen when EDN invited the director to show the film to an audience that started to tell stories about local shops with the same heroes of daily life. I met Ali the third time when Chantal Briet showed the film In Belgrade. At a workshop after the screening we all signed the film poster and asked Chantal Briet to bring it home to its main character. “We love You, Ali” were the words that were repeated again and again.

Warm thoughts and hugs can only go to Ali’s family: Zahia, Hakim et Kamel Zebboudj.

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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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