DOXBOX Damascus Diary 5

Sometimes, actually very often, reality cheats you, or in this case the weather! While I was in safe surroundings inside the Al Kindi cinema to a session about ethics and documentaries, about the relation between the filmmaker and the person being filmed, about the relation between the filmmaker and the society, not that easy an question in a country like Syria – my wife was fighting with a sandstorm in the desert.

During the session in the cinema I got a text message that she and her companion on the excursion had sought refuge at Red Cross in the desert of Palmyra. I got a bit chocked at least for the moment it took before the next message arrived: Evacuated to a brilliant Arabic restaurant! What a tour, someone had forgotten to check the weather forecast and there they were in the middle of a sandstorm.

She is back in the hotel with sand all over and we are getting ready to go to the cinema to see if the audience is still loyal to the DOXBOX festival. Tonight the programme will be ”The Monastery” by Pernille Rose, ”Salvador Allende” by Patricio Guzman, ”Seeds” by Wojciech Kasperski and ”Belovs” by Viktor Kossakovski. Quality programme. And quality hospitality in a country where there are many eyes watching what you are doing. 

Still: Jørgen Laursen Vig (by Frej Pries Schmedes)  

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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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