Born in Syria, Saeed Al Batal is a citizen journalist, photographer and filmmaker. He has led numerous trainings in photography and news reporting, and has worked as a reporter on current affairs in Syria for agencies, radio stations and institutions worldwide. He is one of the founders of the online gallery, Sam Lenses, and the Humans of Syria project.
Born in Syria, Ghiath Ayoub is a filmmaker and visual artist. He graduated from the faculty of Fine Arts at the University Damascus in 2013. He co-founded a number of open spaces across Beirut. Ayoub also participates in various civil society initiatives, such as Humans of Syria, graphic design work and films that have been featured online and in exhibition spaces globally.
Isa Willinger is a documentary film director. She studied directing at the University of Film and Television in Munich. She also holds Master’s degrees in Slavic Studies, North American Studies and Sociology. Willinger is interested in social change and the history of human ideas. She has contributed to the film magazine, Revolver, and is the author of a book on the films of Kira Muratova.
Gods of Molenbeek
Reetta Huhtanen is a filmmaker based in Helsinki. She studied Sociology and Philosophy at the University of Helsinki, and went on to obtain an MA in documentary film directing from the ELO Film School at Aalto University, Finland, where she is currently a doctoral student.
Before Father Gets Back
Mari Gulbiani is a Georgian film director and screenplay writer. She studied philology at Tbilisi State University, and film directing at the Theatre and Film State University. From 2006 until 2010, she fine-tuned her experience at the Parisian film school, ‘Ateliers Varan’. In 2007, she founded the production company, Midifilm. She has worked in the program department of the CineDoc Tbilisi documentary film festival, and for CineDoc Young as a section coordinator.
2013 - I Am At Home, You Are On the Way (feature fiction)
2013 - The Shelter
2011 - High Above the Clouds
Shin Thandar, born in Myanmar, studied English at Yangon’s University of Foreign Languages, and has a diploma in Information Technology. She spent several years as a journalist for the broadcaster MNTV, and joined Yangon Film School in 2018. She currently works as a freelance editor on short films promoting access to health, education and jobs.
The Dazzling Light of Sunset
Before studying documentary filmmaking at the University of London, Salomé Jashi studied journalism and worked as a reporter in Georgia. Returning to Georgia, she founded the production company, Sakdoc Film. Jashi was also part of Caucadoc, a project supporting the development of documentary films in the South Caucasus.
2011 - Bakhmaro
2010 - The Leader Is Always Right
2009 - Speechless (experimental short)
2006 - Their Helicopter
Está Todo Bien
Born in Caracas, Tuki Jencquel holds a BA in Film and TV from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and an MBA from IESA, Venezuela. He was the first assistant director on Secrets of the Tribe, by Jose Padilha, and has worked as an assistant director in film and advertising. He is currently working on his next documentary, an intimate portrait of his mother, who campaigns to legalize euthanasia in France.
2010 - Sin ti contigo
2005 - Sed en los pies
Kabul, City in the Wind
Born in Afghanistan, Aboozar Amini moved to the Netherlands as a teenager. He received his BA in Fine Arts from the Art Academy in Amsterdam, where he studied conceptual arts in audiovisual and mixed media. He completed his MA degree at the London Film School with Angelus Novus (2015), which premiered at the International Film Festival in Rotterdam. He has worked as an editor, writer and director.
2018 - Best Day Ever (short)
2016 - Where Is Kurdistan? (short)
Home After War
Gayatri Parameswaran is an award-winning, immersive journalist and creator from India. She is based in Berlin, where she co-founded NowHere Media. She likes to explore taboo topics such as war, domestic violence and abortion using virtual and augmented reality, and strives to use the VR medium to create realities for a desirable future.
Michael Glawogger was born in Graz, Austria, and studied at the San Francisco Art Institute and the Vienna Film Academy. He started as an assistant camera operator, and later worked as a cinematographer, screenwriter, and director. He made numerous internationally-acclaimed shorts, documentaries, and feature films. He had recently devoted himself to literary writing. Michael Glawogger died in Monrovia, Liberia, in April of 2014 while shooting Untitled.