Documentary Convention launches its Internship Opportunities

The Documentary Convention launches its call for internships applications.

Internship context:

From 07.-09. April 2020 DOX BOX e.V. and the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC) will host the third edition of the  Documentary Convention in Berlin. The Documentary Convention is an annual convening of documentary professionals, artists & decision-makers from the Arab region, Africa, Europe and from around the globe. Doc Convention 2020 will be designed as inspirational think-tank event that invites participants to brainstorm and aims at formulating and addressing the big questions ahead in documentary in a shifting audiovisual space.

To know more about the application process, please click here.

DOX BOX announces new General Director

New and former DOX BOX General Directors Jihan El Tahri (left) and Diana El Jeiroudi (right) | © DOX BOX e.V.

On Monday, 11 February 2019, French-Egyptian director and producer Jihan El Tahri was announced as the new General Director DOX BOX at a Special Get Together event by the organisation’s Board.

Having started her career as a foreign correspondent covering Middle East Politics, since 1990, El Tahri has directed and produced documentaries for BBC, PBS, Arte and other international broadcasters. Her documentary “Nasser” was part of the official selection at Toronto International Festival 2017. Jihan has produced and directed the acclaimed documentaries “Behind the Rainbow”, “ Cuba, an African Odyssey”, and Emmy-nominated “House of Saud”. Next to being a member of the Academy (AMPAS) documentary section, El Tahri is engaged in various associations and institutions working with African cinema like the Guild of African Filmmakers in the Diaspora, the Federation of Pan African Cinema (FEPACI), and Focus Feature’s Africa first Program, and is a mentor at Documentary Campus. Jihan El Tahri will take over as the new General Director as of March 2019.

At the same occasion, the DOX BOX board and team bade farewell to founder and long-term director Diana El Jeiroudi who is leaving the  management of the organisation. She co-founded DOX BOX International Documentary Film Festival in Syria together with her partner Orwa Nyrabia in 2008. The festival that quickly grew into the region’s most remarkable documentary gathering with screenings all over Syria, was cancelled in 2012 in protest of the Syrian government’s crackdown on protesters during the ongoing Syrian uprising.

In 2014, El Jeiroudi co-founded DOX BOX association together with a group of international experts in Berlin. During the time of her management, she was the driving force behind establishing and building DOX BOX’s new identity, including setting up the organisational structures, strategising and designing the organisation’s various programmes, and building up a remarkable network of international partners, funders and collaborators.

“What DOX BOX achieved in the Arab region and internationally under the leadership of Diana is remarkable, says board member Andrea Kuhn, and continues, “It is sad to see Diana leaving directorship and we will always be grateful for all the passion, creativity and skill she has poured into the organisation. I am confident we have found a new director who will  lead the organisation into a successful future.”

After serving five years as director of DOX BOX in Berlin, El Jeiroudi will now focus on her projects as director and producer. She remains a member of the DOX BOX General Assembly.

This topic was also covered on screendaily.com.

Mapping Arab Documentary @ IDFA 2018

In collaboration with the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) 2018
DOX BOX hosts the Industry Session:

Data is Beautiful: Mapping Arab Documentary Landscape
Sunday, 18 Nov. 2018, 16.30-18.00, Compagnietheater, Zuilenzaal
(open to all pass-holders)

This Industry Session offers a detailed look into independent documentary cinema in and from the Arab region, including production volume and trends and illustrates existing models of financing, production, and dissemination.

The presentation is the outcome of ‘Data is Beautiful,’a landmark data-driven research project by DOX BOX.

The panel and interactive presentation are hosted by the project’s researchers and experts; Filmmaker and DOX BOX General Director Diana El Jeiroudi, journalist Melanie Goodfellow, filmmaker Emily Dische-Becker, and filmmaker Guevara Namer.

Further information can be found in the Industry Program of IDFA here.

See you all in Amsterdam!

THE WAY HOME Premiere @ IDFA’s 2018

Big congratulations to our grantees of Residency in Exile, Wael Kadlo (director) and Orwa Al Mokdad for the selection of their film THE WAY HOME at IDFA’s new section “Luninous”.

The film was selected for the Residency in Exile 2017, and the grantees were assigned to the film consultant and filmmaker Mohamad Soueid and editing consultant Qutaiba Barhamji for the weeks of their residency in Beirut with the support of Ford Foundation.

Luminus is a new section in IDFA’s, and according to the festival, it “includes premieres only, with films that immerse the viewer in a cinematographic experience. These documentaries are character-, story- or author-driven, and make the universal tangible through the individual. All titles will be available October 24th, when the full program is announced”.

THE WAY HOME will have the world premiere screenings during IDFA 2018:

Fri 16 November – 13:30 – 15:01 @ Munt 9
Wed 21 November – 17:00 – 18:35 @ Tuschinski 6
Thu 22 November – 16:30 – 18:15 @ Tuschinski 5
Sat 24 November – 18:30 – 20:00 @De Balie – Grote Zaal

You can watch the trailer, and find further information about the screenings on IDFA website

RAILWAY MEN from Residency @ IDFA’s 2018

Big congratulations to our grantees of Residency MENA 2017, Erige Sehiri (director) and Hafedh Laaridhi for the selection of their film RAILWAY MEN at IDFA’s new section “Frontlight”.

The film was selected for the Residency Fund summer cycle of 2017, under the working title “THE NORMAL WAY“, and the grantees were assigned to the supervising editing consultant Katja Dringenberg for the weeks of their residency in Berlin.  The film premiered at Vision Du Reel in April 2018.

Frontlight is “a selection of exceptional films that tell stories not covered by mainstream media, or films that explore familiar stories in greater depth. The program contains premieres only“.

RAILWAY MEN will be screening in the following time during IDFA 2018:

Mon 19 November – 20:00 – 21:30 @ Munt 9
Tue 20 November – 15:00 – 16:30 @ Tuschinski 5
Wed 21 November – 19:00 – 20:30 @ Podium Mozaïek
Thu 22 November – 11:30 – 13:00 @ Tuschinski 3
Sat 24 November – 13:15 – 14:48 @ De Balie – Grote Zaal

You can watch the trailer, and find further information about the screenings on IDFA website

Mapping Arab Documentary @ Carthage

The intermediate findings of our multi-year study entitled “Data is Beautiful“, are presented in Carthage Film Festival on November 7th, 2018 by filmmaker Guevara Namer (member of project’s expert group), and filmmaker Moncef Taleb (one of the project’s consultants).

Mapping Arab Documentary is a presentation which offers insights into the state of Documentary Landscape in the Arab World, including an overview of the documentary production volume and trends.  It also includes the distribution of the film listings and intermediate study report of 2017.

Mapping Arab Docs @ Ramallah

The intermediate findings of our multi-year study entitled “Data is Beautiful”, are presented during and in collaboration with Ramallah Film Lab Palestine on October 18th, 2018 by filmmaker Emily Dische-Becker and film critic Melanie Goodfellow (members of project’s expert group).

Mapping Arab Documentary is a presentation which offers insights into the state of Documentary Landscape in the Arab World, including an overview of the documentary production volume and trends.  It also includes the distribution of the film listings and intermediate study report of 2017.

 

Mapping Arab Documentary @ El Gouna

The intermediate findings of our multi-year study entitled “Data is Beautiful“, are presented at El Gouna Film Festival and in collaboration with The Regional Conference for Arab Independent Cinema (RCAIC) on September 22nd, 2018 by filmmaker Emily Dische-Becker (member of project’s expert group).

Mapping Arab Documentary is a presentation which offers insights into the state of Documentary Landscape in the Arab World, including an overview of the documentary production volume and trends.  It also includes the distribution of the film listings and intermediate study report of 2017.