Orwa Nyrabia, together with Diana el-Jeiroudi the founder and director of the festival:

We considered 300 films. 90 of them we requested for the selection. 100 passed for the selection committee, 6 people, and out came the around 40 films that we show… a very democratic selection process in a country that can not be characterised as democratic!… was my comment.

But we (Nyrabia and el-Jeroudi) did the side bars, the two series called “Voices of Women” and “Voices of War”. It is a festival for the audience, there is no other international documentary festival in the region, so we have no competition, Nyrabia says, this is why we do not refrain from showing films, that are not completely new. Great films that our audience has never seen before.

Which gives me the chance to re-watch the 1991 masterpiece by Polish director Maciej Drygas, “Hear My Cry” (photo) about Richard Siwiec, who in 1968 set fire to himself in protest against “the evil of tyranny, hate and lies possessing the world”. As well as three films by Nicholas Philibert and others. Check the site of DoxBox.


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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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