Istanbul International 1001 Doc Film Festival/3

“VTR Film Directing Research Production” is run by director Enis Rıza and executive producer Nalân Sakızlı. Husband and wife. Around them they have young committed and skilled women – the festival director of this year, Bahriye Kabadayı, the conference director of this year Ebru Seremeti, and the producer and coordinator Selma Salman, who by the way is the partner of Sinan Sakızlı, composer and music producer, and son of Enis and Nalan. As they used to say in American soaps… are you confused?

You should not be. This film collective, behind the festival and congress, is constantly on the road both to produce new films but also to make the necessary film political moves to make  changes for the better in Turkish documentary. The word solidarity is still used in Istanbul among the documentarians.

Enis Riza (PHOTO) had a new film in the festival, “Recycling Life” (Turkey, 2009, 105 mins.),about a young man, who used to be a homeless paper collector, and a very good one, he was. The street life was close to drugs, and yet he made it out of the underground hell and set up a bookshop! The film has wonderful moments, is warm and has a charismatic main character. The scenes with him and his mother are unforgettable. However, it is far too long, and Riza advertised a cut down to one hour, which is a wise decision, also for the film’s chances to reach a European audience.

The company has a fine website with great music and a lot of info on what “Eniz and his Harem” is doing.

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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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