A DOCmed documentary project from Syria is one of five film projects from the South Mediterranean to receive funding and professional support from the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC) Crossroads programme.
Hazem Alhamwi, a 2011 participant in DOCmed, a training programme supported by Euromed Audiovisual and AFAC, will receive support to complete Caravan in a Room, a retrospective narrative to describe the impact of the political regime on Syrian citizens.
“Simply it is good news for a film full of pain,” Alhamwi wrote to Euromed Audiovisual, about receiving the grant and professional support at a time in which the bloodshed in Syria continues to make headlines.
The Syrian filmmaker has already started to film his documentary because, he says, you cannot wait for funding in “a situation like this”, but now the new aid will allow him to bring together the team the project needs. He thanked AFAC for supporting art, which he called a much needed culture of non-violence, as well as DOCmed and Eurodoc for their support in developing his film.
“What is happening now in Syria is a step in the struggle for a better society and more freedom,” wrote the filmmaker and cartoonist. “I wish the film to be honest about what is happening in the manner of art as non-violent human expression.”
Besides Alhamwi's documentary project, four other film projects from the South Mediterranean were also chosen for support from AFAC: Out/In the Streets by Philip Rizk and Jasmina Metwaly from Egypt, The Curve by Rifqi Assaf from Jordan, A Very Dangerous Man by Mazen Khaled from Lebanon, and Abruption by Djemal Fawzy from Tunisia.
From Yemen, the AFAC jury selected Fatherland, a documentary project by Sara Ishak, who gained attention this year with her documentary about the Yemeni revolution Karama Has No Walls.
Jury members, including Moroccan director Ali Essafi, Tunisian producer Dora Bouchoucha , Lebanese directors Ghassan Salhab and Mohamed Soueid, and German producer Irit Neidhart, selected the six projects from over 142 applications sent in from around the Arab world.
Beyond financial support, the selected projects will receive professional support in development, production, post-production, promotion, and distribution. For more details about each selected project, please click here.
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