Peter Wintonick and DOX 100

The news about the death of Peter Wintonick (see below) (photo) made me sit down with DOX 100 that was in the mailbox the day before. The issue is built up as conversation pieces between documentarians who talk professional matters from a wide variety of angles, a clever choice by new editor Vibeke Bryld.

”Dox in Dialogue” is the title on the front page and one of the couples, who talk to each other, is ”Wintonick and Nyrabia”. Peter and Orwa. Read a quote from what Peter is answering to the question by Orwa, ”Who are we, dear Peter?”:

”I really see that we all possess, along with many other professions, a kind of big, dominant gene; the altruism gene. We are artists, we give our work to share and not to exploit. Educators, activists, engaged media people, scientists, environmentalists, doc people, and care givers are all givers. We believe in the gift economy rather than in the greed economy. We believe, like my heroes Gandhi and Mandela, we can live the change we believe in…”

That and many other precise and lovely words from Wintonick you can find in the DOX Magazine, the conversation with Orwa Nyrabia being one of the best to follow.

I have not read all yet but to be recommended as well is the fresh dialogue between Danish Phie Ambo and Austrian Michael Glawogger, the fine more deep ”cinéphile” conversation between festival director Luciano Barisone and Nicolas Philibert, the ”Act of Killing” talk or actually it is more Werner Herzog interviewing director Joshua Oppenheimer… whereas Ally Derks and Debra Zimmermann performs a more humorous and light dialogue, Rada Sesic and Martichka Bozhilova are informing and promoting the Balkan documentary scene, and I would have loved to have more words from Emma Davie (”I am Breathing”), who modestly puts herself in the role of asking editor Niels Pagh Andersen to talk about his work with Pirjo Honkasalo and with ”The Act of Killing”.

The new DOX issue, number 100 (!), is out, I see no reason for not buying it!

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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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