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The first session of the new documentary storytelling workshop DocStories with around 20 participants from the countries surrounding the Black Sea is coming to an end in wonderful Tbilisi, Georgia. Films have been screened and discussed and analysed, and the filmmakers projects – some at an early stage of development, some rough cuts – have been turned around and commented and advised upon by the colleagues and invited tutors like the filmmakers Aliona van der Horst from Holland, Alina Rudnitskaya from Russia, the editor Menno Boerema (editor of several of Johan van der Keuken’s work) and the dramaturg Dirk Willemsen, both from Holland as well – and this blogger.

The workshop has been set up by Romanian Ileana Stanculescu and Georgian Artchil Khetagouri, both directors, their last film being ”Noosfera” (photo), reviewed on this blog.

Among the films shown were Johan van der Keuken’s classic film essay, ”The Long Holiday”, his last film made after he got to know that he had prostate cancer, ”Boris Rhyzy” by van der Horst, three films by Rudnitskaya and ”Souvenirs” by Shahar Cohen and Halil Efrat.

Discussions were held around different storytelling approaches like the observational, the essayistic, the hybrid of fiction and observation as well as looking at the characteristics of the documentary road movie.

Next session takes place in October in Sibiu in Romania parallel to the Astra documentary film festival.

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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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