I heard about it when at the idfa festival from Dox Box Guevara Namer, herself an excellent photographer, and now I read about it and want to share it with you:
Lebanese The Daily Star brings an important article under the headline “Exiled festival reaches out to Syria’s young photographers”. Here is the story summary, and below a link to the whole article:
… Diya Homsi is one of three young photographers chosen as the first to be featured on “From Inside: A Diary of Syria,” a new blog launched Thursday as part of a collaboration between the organizers of DOX BOX, Syria’s documentary film festival, and the Prince Claus Fund.
The idea grew from the changing role of the DOX BOX festival in response to the conflict in Syria, explains the festival’s co-founder Orwa Nyrabia.
By March 2012, a festival event was no longer possible, so instead of bringing the world to Syria, the organizers decided to bring Syria to the world, screening Syrian films in 38 countries…
Diya Homsi, a founder of the immensely popular Lens Young Homsi page, has participated in the Takween program, unlike Abd Doumany and Bassem Al Hakeem, the other two photographers selected to launch the website.
Photo: Abd Doumany, Cradle of Revolution, near Damascus, 22 May 2013 (Images courtesy of the Prince Claus Fund)
To view “From Inside: A Diary of Syria,” visit
More about the Takween programme, text taken from the website of the Prince Claus Fund:
… In 2012, DOX BOX Int’l Documentary Film Festival and the Prince Claus
Fund initiated TAKWEEN, a training programme for young photographers and filmmakers living in Syria. TAKWEEN (Arabic for ‘formation’), provides 3-4 months of training, mentoring and technical support annually to a group of photographers and filmmakers under 25 years old. Every year, new participants are selected from the talented network of The Lens of Young Homsi.
Through the TAKWEEN training programme, extraordinary photographers and filmmakers have emerged. In order to share their perspectives and outstanding work with the rest of the world, the Prince Claus Fund and DOX BOX Int’l Documentary Film Festival have created ‘From Inside: A Diary of Syria’, a photography and video blog showcasing three young Syrian contributors each month. Through the posted articles and incredible images, young photographers and filmmakers from across Syria have a platform to share their thoughts and talents with the rest of the world…