MEET THE FESTIVAL JURY

We proudly present the jury and international guests of the 19th International Film Festival WATCH DOCS. Human Rights in Film.

Jacek Dehnel

Jacek Dehnel (b. w 1980 in Gdańsk) is a poet, writer and translator. His publications include eight tomes of poetry, translations of works by Larkin, James, Verdins, Fitzgerald, and White, five novels (Lala, Saturn, Matka Makryna, Krivoklat, Ale z naszymu umarłymi) and several tomes of shorter prose. Under the pen-name Maryla Szymiczkowa he has coauthored with his husband, Piotr Tarczyński, a series of crime novels about Professor Szczupaczyńska. Dehnel has been awarded the Kościelski Award (2005) and Polityka Passport (2006), is a five-time nominee for the Nike Prize, been thrice nominated for the Angelus Award and once for the Szymborska Prize. You can find his blog at www.tajnydetektyw.blogspot.com as well as a portal with a collection of old photographs at www.awers-rewers.pl. Dehnel lives in Warsaw. // photo: Cezary Rucki

 

Talal Derki

Talal Derki (b. 1977) is a Syrian director and producer, member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Born in Damascus, since 2014 is based in Berlin. Studied film directing in Athens and worked as an assistant director and as a producer and co-producer for many feature film productions. His feature length documentaries: Return to Homs and Of Fathers and Sons, both won the Grand Jury Awards at Sundance Film Festival –in 2014 and 2018 respectively. Derki has received more than 100 international awards as a director and producer. Of Fathers and Sons was nominated for an Oscar and won German Film Academy Award in 2019 as well as the WATCH DOCS Award in the same year.

Melissa Hooper

Melissa Hooper is a lawyer and rule of law expert as well as the Foreign Policy Advocacy Director at Human Rights First. Before coming to HRF, she represented prisoners on death row in their habeas appeals in California, and spent seven years working for human rights programs in Central Asia, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, and Russia. At HRF, Ms. Hooper provides expertise on Central and Eastern Europe and Russia, as well as on authoritarian drift within the EU, Russian influence and disinformation, and Global Magnitsky Sanctions. She also leads advocacy strategy on Saudi Arabia’s human rights violations. Her recent reports focus on anti-democratic policies in Hungary and Poland. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post, New York Times, Foreign Policy, The New Republic, and Huffington Post, as well as others. She regularly provides testimony on human rights and rule of law topics in Congress, at the OSCE, and lectures at law schools and universities in the U.S. and abroad. She is a graduate of University of California at Berkeley School of Law.

Margje de Koning

After finishing her studies (theatre science at the University of Amsterdam and radio, film and television at the University of Bristol), Margje de Koning (b. 1964) directed documentaries for various broadcasting companies for 12 years. She was also a teacher for documentaries at the University of Amsterdam. In August 2004, she became Commissioning Editor for a documentary slot of TV documentaries on contemporary social, social-cultural and moral issues with a strong human interest angle. The focus was on Dutch subjects but surely also on subjects from over the whole world. Since January 2005, Margje de Koning has been responsible for the Television Department of IKON and in January 2012, she became Head of TV, Radio and New Media programming at IKON. From January 2016 IKON has been incorporated within EO with Margje de Koning as Head of Documentaries for EOdocs. In September 2019, she left the Public Broadcaster in order to become the new artistic director of the filmfestival Movies that Matter.

Ewa Szabłowska

Ewa Szabłowska is a film festival programmer and art curator. She holds degrees in Art History from the University of Warsaw and Northwestern University in Chicago. Since 2009, she has programmed sections of the New Horizons International Film Festival in Wrocław including Visual Front, the intersection of film and visual arts, and Third Eye, which reviews the creativity and representation of women in cinema. Ewa has also programmed thematic film retrospectives and reviews of the national cinemas from various countries for the festival, and, since 2017, has been curating its art scene in cooperation with the Studio BWA gallery. Her interests include the cultural identity and creativity of women in film and visual arts.

 

W Warszawie podczas festiwalowego tygodnia będzie można spotkać się z:

- Tim Travers Hawkins - reżyser filmu „Chelsea XY”

- Frank Geiger - reżyser filmu „Mali Niemcy”

- Askold Kurow - reżyser filmu „Nowaja”

Daniel Karslake - reżyser filmu „Bo nie widzą, co czynią”

- Pablo Ben Yakov i André Krummel - twórcy filmu „Władca smartfonów”

- Aude Chevalier-Beaumel - reżyserka filmu „Indianara”

- Oleksij Radyński - reżyser filmu „Kolor fasady: niebieski”

- Jonas Bruun - reżyser filmu „Oskarżony: człowiek”

- Josh Begley - artysta wizualny, członek kolektywu „Pole widzenia”, który w tym roku otrzyma Nagrodę im. Marka Nowickiego

- Janine Sagert - producentka  filmu „Wyzwolenie”

- Maxi Cohen - producentka filmu „Wyzwolenie”

- Michael Cooley - bohater filmu „Wyzwolenie”

 

Międzynarodowy Festiwal Filmowy WATCH DOCS. Prawa Człowieka w Filmie to jeden z największych na świecie festiwali filmowych poświęconych podstawowym prawom jednostki.  Rozpoczyna się 5 grudnia i trwa do 12 grudnia 2019 roku. Festiwalowe filmy będzie można oglądać w Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej Zamek Ujazdowski, Kinie Muranów i Kinotece. Bilety na wszystkie pokazy są bezpłatne. Poza międzynarodowym grudniowym festiwalem w Warszawie WATCH DOCS to także festiwal objazdowy w 40 polskich miastach, festiwal on-line, projekt WATCH DOCS Zrób to sam oraz WATCH DOCS Białoruś. Festiwal organizuje Helsińska Fundacja Praw Człowieka we współpracy z Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej Zamek Ujazdowski. Mecenasami wydarzenia są miasto stołeczne Warszawa, Open Society Foundations, PISF, Nordycka Rada Ministrów, Parlament Europejski oraz Ambasada Królestwa Niderlandów.