DocsBarcelona 2012 Messi

I can not leave Barcelona and the documentary event that – on a personal note – I have been part on since its start 15 years ago, without having another personal note on football! I am lucky that I editorially can make a link to one of the film projects, ”Ishinomaki. RocknRoll City”, the one that the brothers Aletta from Argentina are making. In one scene, shot by Federico, who was a volunteer at the camps after the tsunami one year ago in Japan, a little boy shouts with joy into the camera: ”Come here, Messi, Coooome”. It shows how much that club means to us big and small boys all over the world, how much football means, no now I am getting pathetic… anyhow it was obvious to give Barca-fan and –member, DocsBarcelona director big boy Joan Gonzalez a Barca shirt with DocsBarcelona on the back and number 15 referring to the age of the event, and it was obvious that I had to write this on my way back to Copenhagen seeing fathers and sons (some of them 5-6 years old) entering the plane after having been to Camp Nou to watch Messi!

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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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