Who We Are
All about our story, how we started and what is our mandate and mission.
To empower and nurture the emergence of a prosperous community of Documentary from the Arab World. Guided by this mission, our objectives revolve around building the community and catering for the diverse interpretation of cross-boarder exchange and collaboration within.
We at DOX BOX believe documentary filmmakers possess the capability to be agents for change. Guided by this belief, our goal is to build and nurture the expanding community of Arab World filmmakers and to support this community in its common goal of making impactful films. Using our vast knowledge and connections in the international film marketplace, DOX BOX will offer indispensable support and services to both established and emerging filmmakers in all aspects of production.
DOX BOX’s overriding objectives:
- To re-build an active and independent community of film professionals from the Arab World based on solidarity and trust
- To empower this community through various avenues of networking and support, including completion and promotion of films
- To celebrate and acknowledge the achievements of community members at both regional and international levels
We specialise in the Arab-World as a geographical area, and in documentary as a cinematic genre and as a cultural practice, and for that we aim at film professionals from the different walks of documentary field.
Our priority is given to the brave and daring approaches, which doesn’t compromise quality or aesthetics.
We acknowledge diversity in people, and in product. For that we celebrate intergenerational and across-boarder collaborations, persons and projects in various native languages across the region, the numerous local and regional concerns, and the hybrid in artistic documentary forms.
The DOX BOX Association is a transition from the DOX BOX International Documentary Film Festival, an annual event in Syria inaugurated in 2008 under the auspices of ProAction Film, a Syrian independent film production and distribution company. It fast became the largest and most important documentary film festival in the Arab World bringing the public back to the cinemas in record numbers.
The festival was renowned for the high quality of its film selection, free admission to all screenings, public debates and Q&A sessions with directors and producers. Screenings took place in various cities throughout Syria where audiences could directly participate by voting for their favorite films, making it a one-of-a-kind, all-inclusive, community cultural event.
For industry guests, the festival created a number of professional career-advancing and capacity-building activities. The Campus became a pitching forum for Arab World documentary films in development. Takween offered a chance for both emerging professional, as well as amateur, filmmakers to network. Tabadol was an event for further networking with organized, intimate exchanges between filmmakers and regional and international professionals. Each year, the festival hosted over 100 industry guests to participate in this vibrant and multifaceted program.
Because of the political and economic situation in Syria, the festival was not able to have an edition in 2012. Instead, the team created DOX BOX Global Day for Syria, a worldwide event that meant to speak in direct opposition to the violations of human rights and the unjustified and excessive use of power against Syrian civilians and activists by Syrian authorities. DOX BOX Global Day took place on the very same day of the anniversary of the final closing ceremony of the festival in 2011. Global Day was made possible with the collaboration and partnership of international documentary and human rights film festivals in 38 cities around the globe.
In 2013, the team produced a second Global Day for Syria, creating a documentary series of six videos in homage to the brave citizen journalists of the country. It was called Citizen With a Movie Camera, and was re-screened globally in cinemas, as well as on the Web. You can watch selections from Citizen with a Movie Camera online here.
We advocate for justice, human rights, dignity and equality.
As a German non-profit association, we are governed by a general assembly of 15 members who elect a board to run the association and assign the management.
To learn about members of the General Assembly and our current board members, please click here.
To learn about the staff members, please click here.