30/05/2013

South Mediterranean documentaries at Brussels' Millenium film fest

Euromed Audiovisual-supported documentaries to screen from May 31 to June 9

Events and Festivals, Programme Activities

South Mediterranean documentaries at Brussels' Millenium film fest

The fifth Millenium International Documentary Film Festival is to screen a selection of the best South Mediterranean documentaries in Brussels this weekend and next week. At least four were developed through training initiatives funded by the European Union's Euromed Audiovisual programme. 

 

The festival's programme this year includes Moroccan director Karima Zoubir’s Camera/Woman, which follows Khadija, a young Moroccan divorcee determined to work as a camerawoman despite her family’s disapproval. (Vendôme, 4/6/2013 at 16:00. In the presence of the filmmaker.)

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Karima Zoubir was able to complete financing for her film thanks to Euromed Audiovisual's ACCESS to markets in the Digital Era, a training initiative that offers personalised guidance on producing and marketing a film in the digital era.

In A World Not OursMahdi Fleifel returns with his family to Ain al-Hilweh, a Palestinian refugee camp in South Lebanon where he grew up. He depicts his family, his friends, daily confrontations, and the story of his childhood friend Abu Eyad with tenderness and humour. The film is a co-production between Lebanon, Denmark and Great Britain. (Vendôme, 5/6/2013 at 10:30 & at 17:00.)

A World Not Ours was developed through Euromed Audiovisual's DOCmed, a training initiative for experienced documentary professionals with film projects for international coproduction.

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Israeli directors Yonatan Nir and Dani Menkin will screen Dolphin Boy, the touching story of Morad, an Arab Israeli teenager who, after being violently attacked, is left traumatised and stops speaking. He tries therapy with dolphins in the sea, and little by little, thanks to the animals, starts talking again after months of silence. (Vendôme, 8/6/2013 at 21:15. In the presence of Yonatan Nir.)

With On the Way to School, the filmmaker Orhan Eskikoy tells the story of a Turkish teacher in charge of teaching Turkish to Kurdish children. Not speaking the same language leads to serious communication problems between him and his pupils. (Turkish Cultural Centre, 6/6/2013 at 18:30.)

Dolphin Boy and On the Way to Schoolwere developed during Euromed Audiovisual's Greenhouse, a training initiative that allowed their directors to finalise their screenplay as well as to find financing and coproduction partners.

The festival will also screen Words of Witness, an Egyptian production directed by Mai Iskander. Her documentary follows Heba, a 22-year-old journalist who defies cultural conventions and her family’s expectations by taking to the streets to give us insight into a shaken Egypt. (Vendôme, 8/6/2013 at 10:30.)

Tunisian director Sami Tlili’s Cursed by the Phosphate takes us back to the origin of the Tunisian revolution, a sit-in organised by a group of unemployed youth in Redeyef that sparked six months of civil unrest. (Vendôme, 7/6/2013 at 15:30.)

c'etait mieux demainHinde Boujemaa, also from Tunisia, will present It Was Better Tomorrow, in which Aida’s life changes dramatically following the January 14 uprising that brought hope to Tunisia. (Vendôme, 2/6/2013 at 16:15 & 6/6/2013 at 17:45. In the presence of the filmmaker.)

For the second year, Millenium is also to feature its Web-doc Meetings on June 2, during which selected candidates are to pitch their web documentaries to creators, producers, and distributors. Two participants from Euromed Audiovisual's Dia Sud Med programme, one from Lebanon and one from Morocco, will also be pitching their cross media projects to potential financial partners at the event.

Dia Sud Med is a network of three cinema schools from Morocco, Tunisia and Lebanon. Over the past two years, over 100 young professionals have attended their unique training course on developing and financing cross media documentary and fiction projects for the web.

 

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