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Human-centred tales from Southeast Europe, the Caucuses, and Center East and North Africa (MENA) figured strongly through the second version of Business Days that wrapped up in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, final week.

Following a name for entries launched by the Al Jazeera Documentary Channel, 22 shortlisted filmmakers had been invited to Business Days to pitch works in progress to editors, gross sales brokers, and documentary pageant programmers.

For 3 intensive days, commissioning editors, documentary pageant organisers, and gross sales brokers led spherical desk panels, screened and evaluated works in progress and suggested filmmakers on how you can develop and produce co-production assist and cash to their tasks. “Choice makers” from Cannes Docs, Sunnyside of the Doc, Arte, POV, Al Jazeera, Sheffield Doc Fest, Doha Movie Institute, SBS Australia, and plenty of extra, participated within the occasion.

Collectively organised by the Al Jazeera Documentary Channel and Al Jazeera Balkans, Business Days runs concurrent to the Al Jazeera Balkans Documentary Movie Competition (AJB DOC), an annual occasion now in its sixth yr.

Business Days focuses on bringing consciousness and assist to MENA, Balkans, and Caucasus-based tasks, mentioned Adel Ksiksi, Head of Business.

“It’s an opportunity for gifted administrators and producers to pitch their desires in a supportive group and an essential alternative for his or her work to be seen and appreciated by the most effective within the enterprise,” Ksiksi mentioned.

This yr, Business Days granted manufacturing and co-production commitments totaling $108,000. Collaborating broadcasters from throughout the Balkans, MENA, and Western Europe had been granted a document 25 awards.

For three intensive days, industry professionals led round table panels, screened and evaluated works in progress and advised selected filmmakers on how to bring their projects to life. [Al Jazeera]
For 3 days, trade professionals led round-table panels and suggested filmmakers how you can deliver their tasks to life [Al Jazeera]

Refugee points and other people uprooted by battle figured strongly within the programme.

One movie, Jana, follows the arduous, year-long journey of Leila and Sajjad, an ethnic Hazara couple compelled to flee after the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. Leila learns she is pregnant with the couple’s first baby the exact same day.

A historical past of persecution and massacres which have stoked fears of genocide towards Hazara communities in Afghanistan pressure the couple to flee to a mosque in neighbouring Pakistan – the primary of 11 non permanent shelters in a yr earlier than they’re granted asylum in Spain.

“Business Days introduced a wealth of perception to our undertaking,” mentioned Maaria Sayed, Jana’s producer. “Regardless that our filming is almost full, it was tremendously useful to have documentary professionals information us and share with us how they see our movie. This gave us new concepts that we’ll take with us into last filming, and into the edit.”

Along with themes of asylum, the shortlisted movies in progress explored problems with communities compelled to think about the extinction of conventional methods of life, the makes an attempt of a son to grasp why his mom deserted him to marry an ISIL fighter, and a daughter’s quest, 30 years on, to make clear her father’s homicide through the Srebrenica genocide. And one other movie appeared on the little identified story of a gaggle of orthodox rabbis in Jerusalem and New York who actively assist Palestinian liberation.

The most important trade occasion of its variety within the area, Business Days has, in two quick years, established its worth to the worldwide documentary group and grow to be a boon for the Al Jazeera Balkans Documentary Movie Competition (AJB DOC), mentioned its Director Edhem Foco.

“It has raised our profile not less than two or three-fold – in a single day,” he mentioned. “We had been a revered pageant, however in a sea of different festivals. With Business Days in its second version, and the sorts of determination makers who participated, everybody now’s wanting as much as us. There isn’t a place that has these sorts of determination makers, these sorts of awards, no different place on this area – from Italy to Greece.”

“So, individuals now take a look at AJB DOC with totally different eyes, and even the local people perceive that one thing is occurring, with lots of them eager to make films. Now they’ve an opportunity to pitch their tasks, to fulfill a lot of individuals and to get cash to make their movies.”

The Al Jazeera Documentary Channel’s name for tasks drew 177 submissions from 52 nations throughout MENA, the Caucuses and Balkans.


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