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Juries

Muhr Arab Feature

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Sergei Bodrov - (President)
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Lebleba
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Ahmed El Maanouni
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Ahdaf Soueif
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Christoph Thoke

Sergei Bodrov - President

Academy Award-nominated filmmaker, writer, producer and director Sergei Bodrov was born and raised in Siberia. He worked as a journalist, before becoming a scriptwriter, with over 20 productions to his name including co-writing ‘East-West’. He is best known for his 1996 Oscar-nominated film ‘Prisoner Of The Mountains’, which also won a FIPRESCI International Critics Prize at Cannes. His most recent production, ‘Mongol’ (2008) also received an Academy Award Nomination for ‘Best Foreign Film’. He lives in Moscow, Germany, Kazakhstan and Arizona.

Muhr Arab Documentary

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Geoffrey Gilmore - (President)
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Jehane Noujaim
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Hany Abu-Assad

Geoffrey Gilmore - President

Geoffrey Gilmore has been Director of the Sundance Film Festival since 1990, as well as being a consultant for the Sundance Channel since 1996. He has directed the Sundance Institute’s Annual Independent Producers Conference for 17 years, during which time he has organized and overseen numerous international and national projects and symposia. Gilmore also lectures at the Department of Film and Television at UCLA, and has been on the board of cultural bodies including the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, the Rockefeller Foundation, amongst others.

Muhr Arab Short

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Khairy Beshara - (President)
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Carmen Lebbos
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Lars Henrik Gass

Khairy Beshara - President

Khairy Beshara was born in Tanta, Egypt in 1947. Considered one of the country’s master directors, he was a pioneer of realism in Egyptian cinema, with films such as ‘The Collar And The Bracelet’ (1986), ‘Sweet Day, Bitter Day’ (1988) and ‘Ice Cream In Gleem’ (1992) redefining the function and potential of cinematic form. With an impressive string of awards and honours from film festivals and institutions stretching back over an illustrious career, Beshara’s wealth of experience and continuously evolving artistic vision marks him out as one of the true icons of contemporary cinema.

Muhr AsiaAfrica Feature

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Adoor Gopalakrishnan - (President)
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Niki Karimi
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Christian Jeune
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Olivier Barlet
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Park Ki-Yong

Adoor Gopalakrishnan - President

The internationally-acclaimed, award-winning Keralan director Adoor Gopalakrishnan has been consistently feted at festivals around the world during his 36-year career, while maintaining a steady output of acclaimed films for Malayayalam audiences, ranging from full-length features to shorts and documentaries. A Pune Film Institute alumnus – later to return as its director - Gopalakrishnan established the Chitralekha Film Society and was a founding member of the influential Film Co-Operative Society, which pioneered a new era of cinema in the region.

Muhr AsiaAfrica Documentary

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Peter Scarlet - (President)
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Jean-Marie Teno
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Yano Kazuyuki

Peter Scarlet- President

The former executive director of Tribeca Film Festival, is a recognised name in the international film community, Scarlet earlier served as the Head of the San Francisco Film Festival.

Muhr AsiaAfrica Short

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Naomi Kawase - (President)
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Dorothee Wenner
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Jeremy Nathan

Naomi Kawase - President

Naomi Kawase is a renowned Japanese film director, who graduated from the Osaka School of Photography in 1989. Her first 35mm production, ‘Moe No Suzako’ (1997) won the Camera d’Or Award at the Cannes Film Festival, making her its youngest ever recipient. She won the Grand Prix at Cannes for ‘Mogari no Mori’ in 2007.

FIPRESCI Feature & Short

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Jean Roy - (President)
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Rui Tendhina
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Latika Padgaonkar
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Mahmoud Jemni
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Hussein Bayoumy Hassan

Jean Roy - President

Born in Nancy, France, Jean Roy was the film critic for ‘Cinéma’ magazine between 1979 and 1988, the weekly title ‘Révolution between 1980 and 1986 and the daily paper ‘L’Humanité’, since 1984. He has also authored a number of books, including titles on the films of John Ford and an appraisal of ‘Citizen Kane’. A former director of the French Federation of Film Societies, former general secretary of the French Film Critics Guild, former director of the Critics’ Week at the Cannes Film Festival, Roy is currently Vice-President of the French Film Journalists Union, member of the board of FIPRESCI as well as being a regular panellist on festival juries worldwide.