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Michael Glawogger (Austria)
Michael Glawogger (Austria)
Born 1959, Graz, Austria. Studied at San Francisco Art Institute and Vienna Film Academy. In addition to being a director, he is a cameraman and writer. He has regularly cooperated with Ulrich Seidl. In 1995, he recieved the Vienna Film Prize for Die Ameisenstrase. In 2006 “Workingman’s death” documentary has received Golden Apricot Prize.
Melek Taylan (Turkey)
Melek Taylan (Turkey)
Born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1946. Graduated from The American College for Girls (Robert College) in 1965. Entered the Department of English Literature of Istanbul University in 1967. In 1971, left Turkey to live in Geneva, Amsterdam and Bologna. Returned to Turkey in 1974 and graduated from the Department of English Literature of Istanbul University. Entered The Middle East Technical University (Ankara) Department of Humanities as English Language Instructor in 1976. Entered the PhD Programme of Political Science in the Faculty of Political Science (Ankara). Received MA in International Relations from the Faculty of Political Science (Ankara). In 1982 returned to Istanbul. Worked as press and PR consultant of The Agha Han Foundation and as a simultaneous translator with The Association of Simultaneous Translators. Founded Ajans 21 Independent Documentary Film Company with her associate Nurdan Arca, in 1992. Began working at The Helsinki Citizens Assembly Turkish Section, in 1994. Elected to the Board of Directors of HCA Turkey. Produced two documentary films.
Vitaly Mansky (Russia)
Vitaly Mansky (Russia)
Born in 1963 in Lvov. Mansky entered the VGIK (Russian State Institute of Cinematography, then the Moscow All-Union Cinema Institute) in 1982. Beginning 1989 he has directed 23 films participating to more than 200 international festivals and winning more than 30 awards. His films have been repeatedly screened on TV in Russia, France, Finland, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Israel and other countries. He is the author and the host of the Real Cinema TV program on the Russian First Channel since 1996. From 1996 to 1999 Mansky was the head of Cinema Screening Service at the REN-TV Company and its general producer. From 1999 to 2003 he headed the Documentary Program Production on the Rossia-RTR TV channel. Mansky has co-produced more than 200 films in the recent years.
Carla Garapedian (UK)
Carla Garapedian (UK)
The only American ever to anchor the famous BBC World News, Carla Garapedian earned her Ph. D. in international relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science before working as a producer, director and correspondent based in Britain. She has made her name as an international documentary director, with the film about the brutal treatment of women in Afghanistan - "Lifting the Veil" -- which premiered in the US on the Sundance Channel in August 2003. In "Dying for the President" she made world headlines by sneaking into Chechnya to document the Russian army's single worst war crime, the bombing of a white-flag refugee convoy. More recent headlines surrounded her 2005 film, "My Friend the Mercenary" about the attempted coup in Equatorial Guinea, linked to Mark Thatcher and the notorious mercenary, Simon Mann. Garapedian went inside the mercenary world in South Africa, where the coup was plotted, and secretly filmed in Zimbabwe and Equatorial Guinea. Garapedian's other acclaimed film was about North Korea, "Children of the Secret State, " a film that detailed starvation, human rights abuses and cannibalism in that impoverished nation. Her film "Iran Undercover," about the underground student movement in Iran, won the prestigious Edward R. Murrow award in 2005, as part of the PBS Frontline World series. The headline about her in the LA Times Calendar article is probably the best description of her work so far - "Documenting Truth in Dangerous Places," In addition to anchoring BBC World News, Garapedian has been a correspondent for NBC Sunrise, NBC Nightly News and CNBC financial news. She narrated the Armenian genocide film, "Voices from the Lake" by the acclaimed filmmaker, J. M. Hagopian, as well as co-writing his award-winning film "Germany and the Secret Genocide. " "Screamers" debuted at the AFI Film Festival in Los Angeles in November 2007 where it won the coveted "Audience Award, " It has been on nationwide release in the US and Canada and has recently begun its international theatrical release. As well as being shown around the world, the film has been shown in the Library of Congress and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and the British the Houses of Parliament. Carla Garapedian’s THE SCREAMERS was awarded with Golden Apricot award in Armenain Panorama competition and Ecumenical Jury encouraging award at GOLDEN APRICOT Yerevan International Film Festival in 2007.
Sergey Bukovsky (Ukraine)
Sergey Bukovsky (Ukraine)
Born 1960, Kyiv, Bukovskiy is one of the best Ukrainian documentary directors. He studied directing in the Film Department at the Karpenko-Karyi Kiev State Institute of Theatrical Arts. After serving in the Soviet Army, he worked at the Ukrainian Documentary Film Studio for more than a decade. The 20-minute black-and-white film Tomorrow is a Holiday (1987), shot in the first years of perestroika, received critical acclaim from the press, the film community, and audiences. During his 25-year film career, Bukovsky made approximately 50 documentary films. Some of them received awards at prestigious international film festivals. They include: Roof (1990), Dislocation (1992), The Hyphen (1992), To Berlin! (1995), Vilen Kalyuta. Real Light (2000), Terra Vermelha. Red Land (2001), and the 9-part documentary series for television War. The Ukrainian Account, which was awarded the National Taras Shevchenko Prize of Ukraine in 2004. From 1998 to 2003, Bukovsky taught courses in
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