Diana El Jeiroudi and Orwa Nyrabia Winners of the Katrin Cartlidge Foundation Scholarship
The force that propelled the Sarajevo Film Festival from its wartime beginnings to what is now the largest cultural event in the region, was the desire to give a voice to citizens and artists of Sarajevo, who fought back with music, with film, with a celebration of life in the midst of destruction.
In this year of memory, twenty years from the start of the war and ten years since the death of the Festival’s friend, the actress Katrin Cartlidge, the Katrin Cartlidge Foundation is proud to announce the recipients of this year’s award, Syrian filmmakers, Diana El Jeiroudi and Orwa Nyrabia.
The annual award rewards the independence, singularity and integrity of spirit that Katrin Cartlidge powerfully embraced in her own lifetime. Another long-time friend of Sarajevo and the Festival, the great actor Jeremy Irons, returns to present the award.
In 2002, Diana and Orwa started Proaction Film, which is today the only independent documentary film outfit operating in Syria. Most of the films they produce and make tackle human rights, gender and social justice issues.
Their debut feature documentary, “Dolls - A Woman from Damascus” premiered at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) in 2007 and was screened in over 30 international festivals worldwide.
In early 2008, they launched DOX BOX in Syria, the Independent Documentary Film Festival, which quickly grew to become the largest and most significant documentary film festival in the Arab region, also developing 30 Arab regional documentary films at the DOX BOX CAMPUS every year.
Last year, in protest against the killings in Syria and as a clear stand against the Syrian ruling regime, they decided not to hold the fifth edition of the Festival and instead initiated a Global Day for Syria, screening Syrian documentaries in 38 cities around the world on March 15th, the very first anniversary of the Syrian revolution.
Diana and Orwa, on behalf of DOX BOX team, have been awarded the Eur