Atlas Station is aimed at all professionals registered to the Atlas Workshops intending to strengthen their skills. It offers a range of interventions and personal consultations with international experts who come to share their experiences and knowledge in different fields, from scriptwriting to distribution. Two sections have been developed to provide the best support to participants: Consultations and Training Sessions.
Atlas Station — TRAINING SESSIONS
Dense and concise, the sessions allow a more direct exchange between participants and experts. Open to all registered professionals wishing to strengthen their skills, these different modules of 45 minutes to one hour are led by international experts who come to share their experiences and knowledge on a variety of subjects, from writing to distribution.
Working with non-professional actors - from casting to filming
Speaker: Erige Sehiri (director - Tunisia)
Whether for budgetary reasons, a quest for realism or love at first sight, many filmmakers choose non-professional actors to embody their universe, as did Erige Sehiri for her latest film Under The Fig Trees. An opportunity to share this unique experience with her ‘amateur’ actors, from casting to shooting, throughout preparation and rehearsals.
Sound as a narrative element
Speaker: Rana Eid (director, sound editor - Lebanon)
Sound editing is an aesthetic as well as a narrative element within an audiovisual work; nourishing the narrative, enriching its atmosphere and the environment of its characters and must therefore be thought of at all stages of directing, from writing to editing. An opportunity to discover these issues through the work and career of Rana Eid, a film editor, director and teacher living in Beirut.
Portraits and background of producers from the Arab World and the African continent
Speakers: Karim Aitouna (Waq Waq Studio - Morocco), Myriam Sassine (Abbout Productions - Lebanon), Steven Markovitz (Big World Cinema - South-Africa)
In recent decades, a new generation of producers has emerged and flourished on the African continent who has succeeded in imposing its films at the largest international festivals. A new generation dedicated to the discovery of new talent, experienced in international co-production and participating in the transformation of their domestic industry. An opportunity to discover their respective backgrounds, motivations and daily life as well as the issues that bind them.
The use of archives for documentary and fiction
Speakers: Ali Essafi (director - Morocco), Mohanad Yaqubi (director, producer - Palestine, Morocco), Jihan El-Tahri (director, screenwriter, producer - Egypt, Germany)
For many Arabs and Africans, the remains of images, oral histories and sounds of the past are desperately needed to reconnect with their own history, heritage and traditions. Although the ‘preservation and restoration’ of archives is currently the focus of institutional funders, the essential questions remain unanswered: How to access and query local and international collections in order to reclaim our past? How can we question the representation that has been given to us?
Atlas Station — CONSULTATIONS
Consultations of 45 minutes to 1 hour organized with an expert to discuss and diagnose the obstacles that sometimes hinder the progress of documentary or fiction projects.
DOX BOX supports the emergence of a prosperous documentary community throughout the year, culture and practice in and from the Arab world while promoting the values and principles of justice, dignity and human rights. This year again, we are pleased to partner with the DOX BOX program, Powered by DOX Garage, which offers this accompaniment to 6 documentaries during this edition of the Atlas Workshops.
Entre nous deux Marseille
Dima Al-Joundi (France)
Let’s Play Soldiers
Mariam Al-Dhubhani (Qatar, USA, Yemen)
The Camera Never Cries
Elsadig Abdelgayoum (Sudan)
Jump the wall
Mohamed Zineddaine (Morocco)
Salimi Untold Stories
Nidal Badarny (Palestine)
Un Grain De Sable
Cheikh N’diaye (Morocco)
Sessions are organized for the following fiction projects by the Atlas Workshops team with Jennifer Sabbah-Immagine (Scale & Scope) and Juliette Lepoutre (Still Moving) as consultant for the following fiction projects:
Yoro M’baye (Senegal)
Those Going to Paradise
Nabil Merrouch (Morocco)
Theft Of Fire
Amer Shomali (Palestine)
Hicham Lasri (Morocco)
Lost In The Rif
Mohamed El Aboudi (Morocco)