The Dox Box Residency

The Dox Box has published its Newsletter for September, which is full of useful information for Arab filmmakers – and for us who want to stay updated on what happens in the Arab documentary world. The main story is that grantees has been awarded for the Fall Cycle. For filmmakers to stay and work on the completion of their films with assistance from professionals. The Berlin based Dox Box organisation:

”DOX BOX received 40 applications from 10 Arab Countries for its inaugural editing residency in Berlin. The Selection Committee granted three projects for Fall 2015. These projects demonstrated an impressively strong point-of-view and approach to the sociopolitical reality of their respective countries. Each has succeeded in employing pre-existing audio-visual archival footage within their dramatic narratives…

The Selection Committee members were filmmaker Hala Galal from Egypt; critic Dr. Ikbal Zalila from Tunisia; and producer and writer Rasha Salti from Lebanon. The Committee discussed and evaluated the eleven projects that passed initial eligibility. The eleven projects came from Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, and Syria. The evaluation included a careful examination of the submitted sequences and footage, the written treatments, the sociopolitical context of each project, as well as the filmmakers’ approaches and points-of-view.”

The Grantees are:

Fatima, or Notes On The Possibility of Permanent Revolution | 70 minutes | Mary Jirmanus Saba | Lebanon | 12-week Residency

My Head Ain’t a Graveyard | 45 minutes | Zaher Omarein | Syria | 8-week Residency

Fish Killed Twice | 70 minutes | Ahmed Fawzy Saleh | Egypt | 8-week Residency

In the same – among many interesting texts – there is a link to a 30 minutes long interview from 2007 with the pioneer of Syrian documentary, Omar Amarilay (photo), who died 2011. Watch it, listen to the fine man.

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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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