It must be a good sign for the documentary genre that festivals are starting all over the world. And that the more established ones break their audience attendance records year after year. A Golden Age for the documentary? I think so and believe so, both in terms of public interest and aesthetic development, at the same time as I try to forget that television is getting poorer and poorer when it comes to documentary support and programming.
Two hard working Syrian documentarians, Diana El Jeiroudi and Orwa Nyrabia, who presented their film “Dolls” at IDFA in Amsterdam, launch from friday 15th of February DOXBOX 08 in Damascus with a beautiful mélange of new films, neo-classics and classics. I have the privilege to be a member of the advisory board of the new festival and go there to watch films by Pirjo Honkasalo, Nicholas Philibert, Werner Herzog, Johan van der Keuken, Pernille Grønkjær, Nanna Frank Møller, Filip Remunda, Patricio Guzman, Jean Vigo – plus films by local Omar Amiralay, who is a great filmmaker and far too little known outside his own country and France.
More about the festival http://www.dox-box.org/