The international documentary festival in Tel Aviv, that takes place May 3-12, opens, like the Canadian HotDocs, with Ai WeiWei: Never Sorry by Alison Klayman, and another upcoming hit, Marley by Kevin MacDonald is also offered the Israeli audience.

The festival programme includes an Israeli as well as an International and a Student Competition programme, AND a lot of good works in Special Screenings from all over the world. Films to be noticed in the international section is Petr Lom’s Back to the Square, the idfa winner Planet of Snail by Yi Seungjun and the excellent work of master Marcel Lozinski Tonia and her Children (Photo), which has not travelled as much as it deserved.

From the Israeli competition attention should be drawn to the film by Miri and Erez Laufer, One Day after Peace, a cinematic humanistic appeal, here is the catalogue description:

“Can the means used to resolve the conflict in South Africa be applied to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? Robi Damelin, who experienced both conflicts firsthand, wonders. She was born in South Africa during the apartheid era; later on she lost her son during his service with the Israeli army reserve in the Occupied Territories. She embarked on a journey back to South Africa to learn more about the country’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission established to overcome years of enmity. Damelin’s thought-provoking journey is driven by deep personal pain and a strong belief that a better future is possible.”

Other films that will please the audience are Audrius Stonys Ramain, Steve James The Interrupters, Alina Rudnitskaya’s I will forget this Day and Sean MacAllister’s The Reluctant Revolutionary 

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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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