DocsBarcelona 2014/ 5

Sunday morning in Barcelona, last day of the festival, awards to be given tonight. Walked home to hotel from the Aribau Club Cinema around 1am after quite a long festival evening. Accompanied by Irina Shatilova, whose film ”Linar” had been shown, as were ”Return to Homs” and ”Everyday Rebellion”.

We talked about the ”Femen” activists, who appear in ”Everyday Rebellion”, about Ukraine and Russia, and about Pussy Riots. As a true documentarian Irina Shatilova had been into the streets of Barcelona during the evening filming the demonstrations going on… while films on demonstrations were shown in the cinema halls! Leaving the cinema you could see black police cars lined up in the Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes plus a couple of ambulances. The sound of police sirenes was loud as was the noise from above, the ever circling surveillance helicopters.

A quote from Guardian Thursday: Thirty people have been arrested after a third night of rioting in the Sants district of Barcelona. The trouble started on Monday when police forcibly evicted people from Can Vies, a building that has served as an unofficial civic centre for 17 years. After Wednesday night’s arrests more protests have been called for, with further violence expected…

Inside Aribau Club Cinema one of the Riahi brothers behind “Everyday Rebellion”, Arman, answered questions from the audience and invited it to go to the website of the popular film that deals with non-violence activism. We were afraid that it would be too late for a Question and Answer session after midnight, we were wrong, at least one hundred people stayed to take part.

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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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