Second edition of the documentary festival in Damascus, Tartous and Homs in Syria. Reports from the 1st edition can be found on filmkommentaren.dk.

I dont have the programme schedule yet but have seen the list of films and guests who will be there. It demonstrates that the organisers, filmmakers Diana el Jeroudi and Orwa Nyrabia have made a big effort to enlarge the cinema programme. It includes a very impressive list of films to be offered to the Syrian audience is. More than 40 films where half of them are new for me… who watch quite a lot as loyal readers have discovered.

There is an official selection with an audience award. Let me mention 3 known titles (”Family” by Sami Saïf and Phie Ambro, ”From Father to Son” by Visa Koiso-Kanntila and ”Mosquito Problems and other Stories” by Andrey Paounov) and 3 I am looking forward to watch (”China is Still Far” by Malek Bensmail, ”One Man Village” by Simon el Habre and ”Six Ordinary Stories” by Meyar Alroumi). There is a series called ”Voices of Women” with films – among others – by Kim Longinotto, Eva Mulvad and Alina Mazzarati. There is 3 films by Nicholas Philibert in the ”Meet the Master” category. There is a series of ”Notes on War” with films by PeÅ Holmquist, Werner Herzog – among others. And ”Best of Fest” introduces ”The English Surgeon”, ”The Mother” and ”René”. What a fest to expect. Photo: Burma vj by Anders Østergaard, closing film in Damascus.

Plus several industry arrangements, including one where Mikael Opstrup, EDN chair and producer and I are doing a writing workshop for 12 filmmakers.

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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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