From 12-14 April around 110 professionals followed the call by the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture and DOX BOX and came to Leipzig for the first edition of the arab.european Documentary Convention. Participants came from over 30 countries of the Arab region, Europe and North America to discuss the status quo of the international documentary sector in versified scenarios in four expert-led modules ranging from closed expert groups to case studies and panel discussions and debates. The main themes of this firs edition were “Share/Save – Heritage of Arab Documentary”, “Ethics of Co-Production”, “Diversity in Documentary” and “Distribution in Challenging Times”. The outcome of the expert group’s work will soon be made available and will inform the planning for the next edition.
The intense three day program in Leipzig was complemented by Rough Cut Screening Session of three films by Algerian female filmmakers and two public screenings, “House in the Fields” by Tala Hadid on the first night, and oscar-nominated “Last Men in Aleppo” on the second day in the presence of director Feras Fayyad.
On behalf of AFAC and DOX BOX we want to thank all of our partners, guests and participants who contributed to the success of this first edition.