The Syrian Revolution/18

Long time since filmkommentaren has written about Syria. We followed the news about filmmaker and festival organiser Orwa Nyrabia, who was set free, but everyone knows that lots of artists and non-artists are kept detained. The UN keeps sending diplomates to talks in Damascus and today at the beginning of the Eid al-Adha holidays. This morning this was posted on facebook:

No signs of truce from the regime’s side. Air raids are ongoing, shelling is reported in many areas around Syria, the Homs central prison is surrounded by armed troops to break its strike, the website of VDC (Violations Documenting Centre) is hacked.

And later also on Facebook: First verified killing in Homs prison, Lyad Beirakdar, a political prisoner, murdered by regime forces.

Later BBC had this headline, with clips on their site: Syrian activists have reported a series of clashes in violation of a ceasefire to mark a four-day Islamic holiday.

Still: The BBC’s James Reynolds: “Video posted online claims to show a suburb of Damascus under attack after the truce started.”

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20091598

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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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