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.
All of us, all of us who come from the world of women in the shadows, are reversing the process: at last it is we who are looking, we who are making a beginning.
– Assia Djebar
Launched in 2020, Mouatheqat is a nine month fellowship incubator for female professionals to acquire and exchange the necessary skills to write, research, direct, produce and edit a documentary film. Its main focus lies in the exploration of and experimentation with different forms of storytelling emanating from individual perspectives, reflecting the filmmakers own voices and experiences. Through an interconnected series of modules implemented online and offline between Berlin and the African/Arab region, the program guides the fellows through a holistic filmmaking process from the idea to the delivery of a documentary film. Mouatheqat is designed to connect and cross-pollinate intergenerational, interdisciplinary and intercultural imaginaries of women who are keen on transmitting their voices to a worldwide audience.
Storytelling is a formidable tool and factual narratives such as documentaries are the bedrock for constructing a vision for the future. 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. Mouatheqat’s objective is to contribute to a radical transformation of the existing audiovisual space through an 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 creatives of the profession who are inspired by collective practice and the desire to tell their stories through documentary film. The fellowship is open to all levels of professional experiences. Mouatheqat is a tuition-free program targeting six different countries for each cycle.
The countries in focus change for each edition. For its second edition (2022), fellows of the following countries and their international diasporas are eligible: Senegal, Morocco, Libya, Palestine, Lebanon
Implemented with a strong network of national, regional and international creative, cultural and civil society organisations, film festivals and markets in Europe and the Arab/African region, the fellowship aims to connect the fellows to the international industry, creating hubs of exchange to interconnect the creative sectors of the Africa/Arab region and of Europe. The program is designed and conducted with the support of a wide network of internationally recognised film professionals associated with DOX BOX.
DOX BOX is keen to open 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.