Syrian Filmmaker Arrested

This is unfortunately another text from the never ending news story to be brought from Syria. This time about a dear colleague from the team of the Dox Box festival. The text below is copy-pasted from the facebook, where his friends are constantly reporting on what happens in the country. And further below a link to the site of Ali Sheikh Khoder to be visited and supported:

Syrian filmmaker Ali Sheikh Khoder has been arrested by an unknown security division in Douma, Damascus, September 30 2011. Ali’s whereabouts are still unknown. Freedom to Ali and all prisoners of opinion. Born in Damascus 1987. Started working in film in 2006, as videographer & as editor in local films, with independent filmmakers. City of Emptiness was Ali’s first film (DOX BOX 2010), followed by two short fiction films (Meal) and (Room number 0), both of which received the best film award in “cultural month” festival in Damascus.‬

PS. German/french broadcaster arte presents a theme evening on Syria October 11. Two documentaries are brought to the audience, one of them like this: Mit ihrer Handkamera begleitet Sofia Anara die Untergrundkämpfer der syrischen Revolution…الحرية-للمخرج-علي-الشيخ-خضر-Freedom-for-Syrian-Filmmaker-Ali-Sheikh-Khoder/169470929803317

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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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