Never before has a civil war been so captured on film, from so many perspectives, by civilians using whatever device they have available. When a…
Diana El Jeiroudi is a Berlin-based award-winning Syrian film director, producer and co-founder of Syria’s DOX BOX International Documentary Film Festival. She was the first Syrian to be a juror at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014, and in 2017 was invited to become a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In 2002, El Jeiroudi helped launched a film production company and her first film as director was The Pot (2005), which premiered in the prestigious Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival in Japan and screened in more than 60 countries. She later directed Dolls: A Woman from Damascus and Morning Fears, Night Chants.
As a producer, El Jeiroudi worked on Return to Homs for Oscar®-nominated director Talal Derki, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2014, she was nominated for the Asia Pacific Screen Award for Best Documentary Feature Film as a producer of Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait that told the story of the Syrian civil war through footage filmed on mobile phones and handheld cameras. The film premiered in the Special Screenings section of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival and later won awards at both London, Torino and Yamagata film festivals. El Jeiroudi is a member of the APSA Academy as well as the Deutsche Filmakademie.
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