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.
A Jordanian director and producer with Palestinian roots, Dina Naser graduated with a BA in Art and Graphic Design. In 2013, she received the DocNomads scholarship to pursue a Master's Degree in Documentary Filmmaking. Naser’s devotion for documenting is inspired by seemingly ordinary people and stories that spring from her homeland in Palestine.
2016 - Sea Wash
2015 - One Minute
What Walaa Wants
Christy Garland has directed award-winning and critically acclaimed documentary features and fiction shorts. Based in Toronto, she often co-produces with the Nordic countries. Distributed worldwide, Garland's films deliver strong dramatic development, poignant character transformation and universally felt themes.
Rachel Leah Jones is a critically-acclaimed documentary filmmaker whose work focuses on Israel/Palestine. She has a BA in Race, Class and Gender Studies, and a MFA in Documentary Media Arts. In addition to making her own films, Jones has produced extensively with others, and has been affiliated with progressive media outlets such as DEMOCRACY NOW! in New York.
2011 - Gypsy Davy
2010 - Targeted Citizen
2002 - 500 Dunam to the Moon
Born in France, Philippe Bellaiche is an award-winning cinematographer. A graduate of the École Nationale Supérieure Louis-Lumière and the Sorbonne, Bellaiche, a cinematography lecturer and master-class instructor, received the Israel Cinema Arts Award in 2013.
2016 - The Settlers
2011 - Gypsy Davy
2011 - The Flat
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.
The Workers Cup
Adam Sobel is a writer and filmmaker living in Qatar. In 2013 he made a documentary series following the first woman from Saudi Arabia to climb Mt. Everest. The series won a 2014 CINE Golden Eagle. Since 2013 Adam has served as an advisor for Northwestern University in Qatar's film grant program.
Shukri Muhammad Mahmood was born in 1985 in Duhok. He graduated from the Institute of Fine Arts in 2008, and from the Theatre Department of the University of Duhok in 2014.
Sand and Blood
Matthias Krepp studied Comparative Literature and History, and joined Michael Haneke's directing class at the Vienna Film Academy in 2012. During his studies he directed several short films in collaboration with Angelika Spangel and Magdalena Gruber. Sand and Blood is his first feature-length documentary film.
Angelika Spangel was born in 1987. She is an Austrian filmstudent of cinematography. She studied Educational Science and received her degree in 2012. Since 2013 she has studied cinematography with Wolfgang Thaler at the Vienna Film Academy. She has worked on several short films with Matthias Krepp and Magdalena Gruber.
The Long Season
Leonard Retel Helmrich was born in the Netherlands, in 1959. He graduated from the Netherlands Film and Television Academy in 1986. Retel Helmrich’s films have screened and won acclaim at film festivals worldwide, and have won major documentary film awards including: the Sundance inaugural Grand World Documentary Award 2005, the Special Jury Award for World Documentary 2011, and the prestigious Grand Joris Ivens Award, IDFA Amsterdam 2004 and 2010.
Adam Weingrod is a graduate of the MFA program in Film at Tel Aviv University. His feature documentary, The Island, won Best Student Film at the Israeli Documentary Film Awards in 2017, and was screened in several international film festivals. He is currently working on his next documentary feature.