About Mouatheqat / Women in Dox

… Women must be everywhere. They must be in the images, behind the camera, in the editing room and involved in every stage of the making of a film. They must be the ones to talk about their problems.
—Sarah Maldoror

Launching its first cycle in 2020, Mouatheqat is a nine month fellowship incubator for female professionals to acquire, get hands-on experience, and exchange the necessary skills to write, research, direct, produce and edit a documentary film. It’s main focus lies in the exploration and experimentation of different forms of storytelling emanating from individual perspectives, reflecting their own voices and experiences. Through an interconnected series of modules implemented online and offline between Berlin and the African/Arab region, the program will guide the fellows through a holistic and collective filmmaking process from idea to delivery of a documentary film. Mouatheqat is designed to connect and cross pollinate intergenerational, interdisciplinary and intercultural imaginaries of women who are keen to transmit their voices to a worldwide audience.

Storytelling is a formidable tool and factual narratives (documentaries) are the bedrock of constructing a vision for the future. The visual culture has become the main vehicle of cultural transmission yet it is subject to a vast marginalisation of diverse female voices, with immeasurable implications. Moutheqat’s objective is to contribute to provoking a radical transformation of the existing audiovisual space through a small but highly interconnected community of women documentary film professionals, Women in Dox. 

The fellowship is offered to six motivated women from various professional backgrounds: We encourage the application of directors, producers, cinematographers, researchers, editors, sound engineers and other creative professionals who are inspired by collective practice and the desire to tell their stories. The fellowship is open to all levels of professional experiences. Mouatheqat is a tuition-free programme targeting six different countries for each cycle.

The countries in focus change for each edition. For its first edition, fellows of the following countries and their international diasporas are eligible: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Mauritania, Sudan, Tunisia.

Implemented with a strong network of national, regional and international creatives, cultural and civil society organisations, film festivals and markets in Europe and the Arab/African region, the fellowship aims to establish and consolidate sustainable ties of the fellows to the international industry. Thereby creating hubs of exchange to interconnect the creative sectors in Africa/ the Arab region and Europe. The programme is designed and conducted with the support of a wide network of internationally recognised film professionals associated with DOX BOX wide community of filmmakers and regional and international industry experts. 

DOX BOX is interested in opening the space for diverse perspectives and narratives, regardless of class, sexual orientation, gender-expression, disability, mental illness, physical appearance, body, age, race, ethnicity or religion. 



The Fellowship Program

Acquiring the know-how to make a documentary from idea to final film is not a simple task. How to proceed at the different stages of the process is key to make the creative vision a reality. During the nine months programme, the six selected fellows will be guided through each step of the process by a series of tailor made traditional, experimental and alternative sessions conducted by internationally recognised practitioners. The fellows will collectively finalise two documentary films translating their acquired skills into hand-on experience on the ground. After completion, the fellows will have the necessary knowledge, experience and network to pass on the craft of documentary filmmaking to peers and their networks at home. 

The fellowship is divided into 3 phases:

Phase 1: Story Incubator in Berlin (January – March)
Turning ideas to shootable scripts, this phase charts the filmmaking process until pre-production. 
Phase 2: Implementation in Tunisia (April – June)
Adapting scripts, location scouting and shooting with local production partners in Tunisia
Phase 3 Post-Production and Distribution in Berlin (July – September)
Editing and post-production finalisation inclusive of devising a festival strategy for distribution. 

Each of the fellows will attend one international film festival/market during the course of the fellowship facilitated by DOX BOX (subject to the individual festivals COVID-19 regulations online/offline). DOX BOX will encourage the encounters between the fellows and international professionals, including Berlin-based Arab/African filmmakers for possible collaborations both physical and through the DOX BOX online virtual Community.

DOX BOX is committed to ensuring the needs and space for the fellows to formulate their thoughts and acquire the skills without being submitted to any form of prior formatting. The fellows on their part will be required to fully commit to the programme and to the spirit of collaboration it aims to foster.

COVID-19 Notice

COVID-19 Notice

COVID-19 Notice

We are keen on maintaining spaces of physicality. Accordingly, DOX BOX will ensure that the programme will be conducted in rigorous adherence to the COVID-19 regulations in all locations, both in Germany and Tunisia. However, DOX BOX is watching the developments of the pandemic closely and if required the programme may be subject to changes. We are  determined to engage in a hybrid form where necessary to explore and advance the DOX BOX digital Community as a space for knowledge transmission and sharing. The programme will equip the fellows to work with digital infrastructures and new internet and digital technologies at all stages of the process to meet the pulse of time.

Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions

Forms Of Support

  • Accommodation for 6 months in Berlin (Phase 1 and 3)
  • Accommodation for 3 months in Tunisia (Phase 2)
  • Return ticket from home city to Berlin
  • Visa and insurance costs
  • Travel costs to Tunisia and to one international film festival/market
  • Monthly stipend for living costs and inner city travel
  • Production grant for 2 collective documentary film projects

Fellows Obligations

  • The fellows commit to a nine-month full-time programme from January to September 2021 conducted in Berlin and Tunisia. 
  • Fellows must have valid travel documents, that do not expire before October 2021
  • The fellows commit to uphold the spirit of collaboration and solidarity 
  • The fellows commit to carry out tasks within DOX BOX activities. 
  • The fellows commit to being active alumni by engaging physically or virtually with the following generation of fellows when called upon.
  • Fellow obligation is contractual




  • Open to applicants from the following six countries and their international diasporas: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Mauretania, Sudan, Tunisia.
  • Any level of professional documentary filmmaking experience (first timers or experienced filmmakers)
  • Open to directors, producers, cinematographers, researchers, editors, sound engineers, line producers, writers, animators or any other aspect of the profession. 
  • a passport valid until minimum October 2021
  • Knowledge of English OR Arabic language is required to follow the course.



Mouatheqat is a tuition-free fellowship programme for aspiring Arab/African women documentary filmmakers. 


Mouatheqat intends to alter the common selection process. Specific story ideas and a well written treatment are not the basis of selection. Successful applicants demonstrate their eagerness to use documentary film as their desired medium for storytelling and their desire for a long term career by acquiring the tools of this trade. Candidates should be dedicated to learn every aspect of the filmmaking process in a collaborative manner. 

The fellows will be selected by an independent Jury. Successful candidates will be invited for video interviews at the end of November. 

Please download and fill out the application form here Mouatheqat Application Form and submit together with the required creative works and documents no later than November 12th. For larger files please send via cloud link. Please note, only complete applications can be considered.  (APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED)

The application can be sent in the following languages: Arabic, English, French or German

Please download the send application form and send it together with the relevant documents and works to l.kloeckner@dox-box.org with the subject title ‘application Mouatheqat 2020’ no later than November 12th. For larger files please send via cloud link. If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch or visit one of our information Webinars (see below). Successful applicants will be invited for a video interview.


Is there a tuition fee for the fellowship?

There is no tuition fee. In addition, DOX BOX will cover travel costs, visa and insurance costs. You will receive housing in the different locations of the fellowship (first edition: Berlin/Tunisia). You will receive a monthly stipend to cover for your living expenses.

Who can apply?

The programme is open to women from various professional backgrounds and experiences. You can be a first time filmmaker or come with several years of filmmaking experience. For the first edition, applications are open to individuals of the following countries and their international diasporas: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Mauretania, Sudan, Tunisia. You are required to hold a passport valid until min. October 2021 and have a good knowledge of either English or Arabic.  DOX BOX values opening the space for diverse perspectives and narratives, regardless of class, sexual orientation, gender-expression, disability, mental illness, physical appearance, body, age, race, ethnicity or religion. 

Accommodation and living costs

DOX BOX will ensure quality and safe living environment in both Berlin and Tunisia. Fellows will share flats with the other women participant. Each fellow will receive a stipend to cover food, transportation and living costs in the different fellowship locations.

Which languages are accepted for the application?

You can send us the application in any of the following four languages: English, French, Arabic, German

Is it possible to bring a child?

Unfortunately, we cannot provide day care for children and cannot cover the costs for the child living expenses during the fellowship. Please bear in mind that it is a full-time fellowship which can include long working days. 

HAYET RAHMANI is a passionate journalist born 1988 in Algiers. She currently works in the news editorial of Channel III at the national radio where she produces and directs concept programmes. Rahmani is the author of the experimental short film “Horra y Horriya” made in 2018 in the Saharawi refugee camps. In 2019, she directed a feature documentary “#GA3 Chronology of a Revolution” on the 22 February protest.

LINA ALABED is a Jordan-based Palestinian documentary filmmaker born in 1980. She graduated from the Faculty of Journalism at Damascus University with a documentary with the Syrian author Mohamed Al-Maghout. She has since shot a number of internationally renowned documentary films. “Ibrahim a Fate to Define” is the title of her second feature documentary film, which premiered in TIFF – CPH:DOX – IDFA in 2019.

RIM HARRABI was born 1994 in Sousse, Tunisia. She is a freelance editor, videographer and director of documentaries for independent cultural media including experimental music videos and mapping. She currently works as a communications agent for Hakka Distribution in Tunisia.

RUA OSMAN is a Khartoum based film producer and documentary researcher. In combining the lenses of art and her natural science background, Rua sees documentary as a strongly affected beautiful tool to create a meaningful reality. She has worked on various films, including the award-winning Sudanese film “You Will Die At Twenty”.

SALIMATA OUSMAN BÂ, born in Nouakchott in 1992 is a trained Sociologist with a Master’s degree from the University of Saint-Louis, Senegal. She works as marketing manager and gender referent for the NGO GRET and coordinates the Djibril Zakaria club for the promotion of Mauritanian literature. In 2017 she developed her first documentary project “Les étoiles scintillantes voilées” in a writing residency in Mauritania.

YOSRA EL-GAZZAR is a visual artist and storyteller based in Cairo, Egypt. Her work merges the expressive qualities of art with the communicative power of design, to visually investigate, question, and narrate the socio-political and geo-political realities of the region. She has been the lead designer with Visualising Palastine since 2016. Her work has been exhibited in various international venues.