Keynote: Orwa Nyrabia

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9:00 AM, Thursday 27 Sep 2018 (30 minutes)
Orwa Nyrabia was born in Syria where he worked as an actor and as a journalist, before starting started up the first independent documentary-specialized production company in the country, in 2002, together with his partner Diana el Jeiroudi. In 2008, Nyrabia and El Jeiroudi founded the independent documentary film festival DOX BOX, which quickly became the Arab region’s leading documentary festival. Nyrabia moved to Egypt in 2012, then to Germany in 2013, where he continued producing award-winning international co-productions such as Dolls, A Woman from Damascus (IDFA 2007), Return to Homs (IDFA 2013 and Sundance 2014) and Silvered Water (Cannes 2014). Nyrabia has tutored many up and coming filmmakers from around the world and served as a juror for some of the world’s most influential film funds and festivals. He is a member of AMPAS, IDA, and EDN. His films earned a long list of awards including a Sundance Grand Jury Prize, award a Grierson Award,  and his work earned him accolades such as the George Polk Award, the Nestor Almendros Award, and the Katrin Cartlidge Award. His work has been highlighted by media outlets such as 60 Minutes, The New York Times, WP, Le Monde. He was recently named artistic director at IDFA.

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