The imbalance of political power and the economic gap between Europe and the Arab World as well as the striking disequilibrium regarding the possession of and access to technological means of production directly affect the making of films. Thus how do the images we see from the Near East and North Africa come into being? Who produces them and to which interest?
In workshops I approach these questions from different angles. The starting point of a seminar can be the reception of films about or from Arab countries in Germany, the conditions of production of a state in the region, the mutual film history between Germany and an Arab country or another subject which is urgent to your institution.
Most of the workshops address a public in Germany, hence the examples on the German site are more comprehensive. My tutorials in Arab countries or for Arab directors and producers mainly deal with questions of funding and production as well as film sales and distribution.
In addition to the public events I also teach in training and formation programs such as the Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung for international cooperation between young filmmakers from Germany and the Arab World, Docmed, DOX:LAB or Documentary Campus MENA Region. The subjects are similar to the examples in the documentation below, yet the in-house curricula are not public.