VOD for Arabic Creative Documentaries

I had the pleasure to meet Palestinian Reem Bader at the Antalya Film Forum earlier this autumn. She told me about the vod platform she was involved in building up. It looks great. Let me quote from the site:

”Welcome to Minaa video on demand VOD, the first in the world to specialize in harboring, streaming and celebrating Arabic creative documentaries. Each month, you will be introduced to creative docs that are new to Minaa collection and invited to join interactive events with directors. As not to miss an event, we encourage you to join Minaa mailing list and its social media channels.

This fall, Minaa is happy to present it’s newest feature: Collections

of docs curated by partners for you to explore. We also share with you new additions to our library, among those creative documentaries raising indispensable questions on home loss, preserving memories and reconstructing identities.

What happens when one is forced to leave their home and everything they belonged to behind? What does it mean to live in exile or a war that constantly changes features and never ends? What does it mean to care for a family in such a situation? Which values do you teach your children then?

Seven filmmakers from Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, Tunisia, Algeria and Iraq are tackling these questions in their own creative style and we invite you and audiences worldwide to explore their significance. Because our stories really matter, so let’s tell and retell our history, face present adversities and raise our hopes, way high for a brighter future.”

I know several of the films, let me just mention a couple, to be recommended: ”Coffee for All Nations” by Wafa Jamail and ”Aisha” (PHOTO) by Asma Bseiso. And right now, for free, ”The One Man Village” by Simon El Habre, ” The film is followed by interviews with the team members, speaking about their experience and their role in the film including protagonist Semaan. A film that has travelled festivals all over.

Take a look and why not join – 5$ per month. 50$ for a year.

http://minaa.org/

 

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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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