Guests 2017


Anahí Berneri (b. 1975) is an Argentinian filmmaker. She graduated from the National Audiovisual Institute in Paris and debuted with a short documentary Modelo para armar (1997). Her five features have reaped numerous awards on the festival circuit. She teaches at Argentine’s national film school in Buenos Aires and also works as a theatre director.


Diego Lerman (b. 1976) from Buenos Aires is one of the leading figures in contemporary Argentinian cinema. He also works as a film and TV producer. Lerman has written (with regular co-writer Maria Meira) and directed five award-winning feature films.


Mohammad Rasoulof (b. 1973) is one of Iran's leading contemporary filmmakers. Trained as a sociologist, he went on to study film editing at the Soreeh University and directed a number of short films in the 1990s. He made his first feature film Twilight in 2002, and has later directed another six features. His three most recent films have all been awarded at the Cannes film festival.


Annemarie Jacir (b. 1974) is born in Betlehem, raised in Saudi Arabia and educated in New York. She is one of the leading Palestinian directors, and a pioneer female filmmaker in the Arab world. Having directed films since 1998, Jacir gained international recognition when Salt of This Sea (2008) was nominated for the Caméra d’Or award at the Cannes film festival. Jacir runs the production company Philistine Films together with Ossama Bawardi.


Gustavo Rondón Córdova (b. 1977) studied Communications in his home country Venezuela, and film at FAMU in Prague. He has made six short films, including Nostalgia (2012). La Familia, his feature film debut, is supported by the co-production fund Sørfond and screened in the Critics' Week at the Cannes film festival this year.


Tunde Kelani (b. 1948) ranks among the foremost contemporary Nigerian filmmakers. He studied at the London Film School, and has made films such as Koseegbe, Thunder Bolt, Dazzling Mirage and The Narrow Path. Kelani has specialized in literary adaptations, and films that promote the Nigerian heritage, including the rich Yoruba culture. He also runs the production company Mainframe.

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Feras Fayyad (b. 1984) is a Syrian-born director, producer, journalist and cinematographer, now based in Copenhagen. He previously directed several shorts and documentaries, including My Escape (2015) which deals with the refugee crisis. Last Men in Aleppo won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance festival this winter, and is one of this year's most acclaimed documentaries.


Tiffany Hsiung is a filmmaker based in Toronto, Canada. Since 2009 she has worked with survivors of sex slavery, and supported their cause in many ways, including a presentation on the subject in the United Nations. The Apology was won numerous awards, such as the prize for best documentary at the Busan film festival in South Korea.


Natalia Orozco (b. 1975) is a journalist and filmmaker from Colombia. She has a Master’s Degree in Humanitarian Cooperation from the Sorbonne University in Paris, and has covered elections, wars and geopolitics for a number of international news media. Orozco has twice won the Simón Bolivar National Journalism Award for her work.


Joakim Demmer (b. 1956) is a filmmaker born in southern Sweden. After studying photography, he began working as a cameraman and film editor in Scandinavia. From 1995-2001 he studied directing at the German Academy of Film and Television (dffb) in Berlin. Since his graduation he has been working as a filmmaker and cinematographer in Sweden and Germany.


Hala Elkoussy (b. 1974) is an artist and filmmaker living in Cairo and Amsterdam. She studied art in the Netherlands and the UK, and is the co-founder of Contemporary Image Collective, an artist-run initiative based in Cairo. Cactus Flower is her first feature film, and premiered at the Rotterdam film festival. It is supported by Sørfond.