With its 8th edition, the prestigious Doc Alliance Selection Award moves to Locarno, Switzerland. There, one of the seven directors nominated for the award designed primarily for emerging documentary talents will receive the award on August 8. With her debut HAUNTED, Syrian native LIWAA YAZJI enters this year’s competition. Read about the success of her film as well as about her creative path towards documentary in our exclusive interview!
Directors on the DAFilms portal
Mohammad Ali Atassi is a journalist and documentary filmmaker. He was born in 1967 in Damascus, Syria. Atassi obtained a diploma in civil engineering from Damascus University in 1992 and a DEA in history from the Sorbonne Paris 4 in 1996. Since 2000, he has been writing for several Arab and international newspapers on political and cultural topics...
Carlos Serrano Azcona (b. 1969, Madrid, Spain) studied philosophy at the Complutense University of Madrid and direction at the London Film School. In 2006, he founded his own production company, ESTAR AHÍ CINEMA, with which he produced the films El árbol (The tree) and Quantum Men...
Born in 1977 in Kyoto, Azuma majored in metalwork at the Kanazawa College of Art. Since graduation in 2000, she has lived in Germany and studied documentary film at the University of Television and Film Munich (HFF). In 2008 she received the Starter Film Prize from the city of Munich and the German DAAD Prize for Yuri and Tuesday (for which she was cinematographer).
Şirin Bahar demirel - After graduating from the cinema department at Galatasaray University, Istanbul in 2010, she finished her MA in Artistic Direction of Cultural Projects at Université Paul Valéry, France. She has worked as assistant director in feature documentaries. She continues to work on her photography, video and street art projects in Istanbul.