Membership to The Community gives you access to a wide range of resources, financial, educational and legal. As well, we feel it is our responsibility to ensure the dissemination of the best expertise that’s out there and to sustain and nurture the community as a whole.
The most important advantage of your membership is that you will have an opportunity to be instrumental in helping to build this community of which you are a part, one individual amongst many other passionate professionals who also want to network, collaborate, and back one another through our common work. Your active participation will work as the basis to establish a dynamic and sustainable community, benefiting all of its members. This community is meant to gather both experienced and emerging filmmakers, activists and citizen journalists, with various levels of skills and expertise, a collective based on the premise of working together in trust and solidarity for the benefit of Arab World documentary cinema and the impacts it can have on its own societies.
Membership is free of charge. However, there is a vetting process subject to verification by an Advisory Board. If your application is accepted, you will be granted membership to the community with access based on your specialization and level of expertise. This is meant to be a secure community built on trust, so we want to ensure that there are no duplicate memberships, forged information or false profiles. In cases where there is evidence of this, membership will be denied.
DOX BOX will offer a broad range of support programs for documentary filmmakers at all levels of the profession that will enable citizen journalists and both emerging and established filmmakers to access resources otherwise not available in the region. These will include an online film library with subtitled films, online courses in several languages and dialects, expert advice, and language guides. We will also offer what would be considered more traditional support for the development, completion and promotion of your film projects with priorities being given to those taking on brave and daring approaches in filmmaking to promote issues of justice, human rights, dignity and equality – or, exposing violations of such.
The DOX BOX festival took place annually every March in Damascus, Syria. It ran from 2008 until 2011. On the same day as the closing ceremonies of DOX BOX 2011, the Syrian revolution erupted. One year later, following the witnessing of myriad human rights violations – including random detentions and excessive use of power by the military-government – the festival team made a decision not to apply for patronage from the Syrian State Ministry of Culture, nor to hold any kind of activity in an environment where so many were experiencing the dissolution of their entire world. In its stead, DOX BOX decided to launch Global Day for Syria, showcasing Syrian documentary films made from 1983 until the present. Film programs were exhibited in 38 cities around the world to re-introduce the people of Syria – as they were, and as they are now.
It was after experiencing great success with Global Day for Syria – and acknowledging that the film festival was not viable any longer – that the DOX BOX team decided it was time to form an association in its stead that would assist and support documentary filmmakers and citizen journalists, not only in Syria but everywhere in the Arab World with the overriding goal of promoting tolerance, dignity, human rights, and justice.
No, not in the traditional sense, however DOX BOX shall support and promote other ongoing and emerging festivals in the Arab World.
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