Coproducing Palestinian Narratives
25 June 2020 (3h30 -4h30)
Would it be possible to think of co production without sovereignty? And what is the legal environment required to do such a complicated operation? Are there other ways? And is collaboration restrained to co production treaties? These questions and more will be discussed with 2 legendary film producers with more than 25 years of extensive experiences in International co-production including with Palestine.
Mohanad Yaqubi (Moderator)
A filmmaker, producer, and one of the founders of the Ramallah-based production house, Idioms Film. Yaqubi is also one of the founders of the research and curatorial collective Subversive Films that focuses on militant film practices, and most recently, a resident researcher at KASK, School of the Arts in Gent.
For twenty-five years, Ina has been producing award-winning documentary and fiction films for television and theatrical release, as well as digital projects. In 2014, Ina completed production on the animated documentary feature THE WANTED 18 directed by newcomer Amer Shomali and Paul Cowan and Sturla Gunnarsson’s MONSOON, both of which had their world premieres at TIFF and are still doing the festival and theatrical circuit. THE WANTED 18 was released in theatres in the US in Summer 2015 and won the Best Documentary Award at the Traverse City Film Festival. THE WANTED 18:an interactive graphic novel is available on ITunes and Google Play.
In 2015, Intuitive completed the feature documentary VITA ACTIVA: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt directed by Ada Ushpiz which had its international premiere at IDFA, won the Best Documentary prize at Santa Barbara, was broadcast all over the world and was released in theatres in the US, Canada, Australia and Europe. Emmy-nominated THE OSLO Diaries had its world premiere at Sundance 2018 and sold to HBO. Intuitive also produced the award-winning feature doc LAILA AT THE BRIDGE (dir. Elizabeth Mirzaei and Gulistan Mirzaei) which premiered at CPH:Dox and screened at numerous festivals including Locarno, Hot Docs, Sheffield Doc Fest and DOC NYC. Intuitive Pictures is currently in production the co-production BLUE BOX (dir. Michal Weits), Shannon Walsh’s feature THE GIG IS UP, the VR installation and web doc series ONCE UPON A SEA and DON’T WORRY, THE DOORS WILL OPEN, a feature doc directed by newcomer Oksana Karpovych.
Born in 1964 in Geneva and is a Swiss director, documentary filmmaker and producer. He is the cofounder of Etat d’Urgences, an association managing the cultural centre USINE in Genève. Nicolas founded Akka Films, devoted to the development of fiction films and production of documentaries. He has directed more than 20 films, both fiction and documentaries, among them the multi awarded Clandestins (1997), Aisheen, Still Alive In Gaza (2010), Operation Libertad (2012), Spartiates (2014), Jean Ziegler, The Optimism Of Willpower (2016) and The Apollo Of Gaza (2018) which have been shown at major international film festivals such as Berlinale, Festival del film Locarno, Canne’s Director’s Fortnight, etc. recently he is the director of HEAD- Geneve