DIFF | Juries | 2009
Muhr Arab Feature
AHMED RACHEDI - (PRESIDENT)Born in Algeria in 1938, Ahmed Rachedi is an acclaimed director, writer and producer. His documentary debut was ‘Peuple En Marche’ (1963). In 1969, he contributed to the Oscar-nominated ‘Z’, and in 1981, his 1978 film ‘Ali Au Pays Des Mirages’ won a Special Prize at the Moscow Film Festival.
Muhr Arab Documentary
OMAR AMIRALAY - (PRESIDENT)Omar Amiralay was born in Damascus in 1944. While studying film in Paris, the 1968 student revolt inspired him to abandon fiction for documentary. Upon returning to Syria in 1970, he directed ‘Film-Essay on the Euphrates Dam’, which heralded a celebrated forty-year career that has tackled social, political and cultural issues across the Middle East. Currently, he is founding the Arab Institute for Film for young documentary filmmakers in the region.
Muhr Arab Short
M. F. HUSAIN - (PRESIDENT)Maqbool Fida Husain is one of India’s best known artists and his work over a career of over seven decades has been prolific. From painting cinema billboards in the 1930s, he has progressed to the point where he is regarded internationally as the most important Indian artist of the 20th century. He has also produced and directed films, including ‘Through the Eyes of a Painter’, ‘Gaja Gamini’ and ‘Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities’, as well as a number of short 16mm pieces.
Muhr AsiaAfrica Feature
BAHMAN FARMANARA (PRESIDENT)Bahman Farmanara is an Iranian film director, screenwriter, and film producer. He has produced some Abbas Kiarostami’s first feature, ‘The Report’ (1977), Bahram Bayzai’s ‘The Crow’ (1977), Khosrow Haritash’s Divine One (1976), Mohammad-Reza Aslani’s’ Wind and Chess’ (1976) and Valerio Zurlini’s Desert of the Tartars (1977 co-production with Italy and France).Farmanara moved to Canada in 1980, establishing a distribution company and a film festival for children and young adults in Vancouver. He returned to Iran in the late 1990s.
Muhr AsiaAfrica Documentary
BUDDHADEB DASGUPTA - (PRESIDENT)Buddhadeb Dasgupta is a poet and contemporary filmmaker. Born in Anara, he studied economics at Scottish Church College and at the University of Calcutta before embarking on a cinematic career. He is best known for works including ‘Bagh Bahadur’, ‘Tahader Katha’, ‘Charachar’ and ‘Uttara’.
FIPRESCI Feature & Short
GYÖRGY BÁRON - (PRESIDENT)Hungarian film critic and publicist Báron is a professor of film at the University of Drama and Film, as well as being the President of the Hungarian Society of Film Critics at FIPRESCI. A prolific and respected critic, his reviews, essays and documentaries books have been shaping American and European cinematic discourse for over thirty years.
Human Rights Film Network
ART JONESArt Jones began his career as a production assistant on ‘Schoolhouse Rock’, an educational cartoon that screened on US network ABC for over six years. With a career that straddles major achievements in audio-visual media and education, he has most recently, written/directed and produced acclaimed educational documentaries.