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62 projects selected for the 23rd edition of Medimed Doc Market


- The event takes place from 10-14 October, and will enable the most promising filmmakers and prominent members of the industry to present a varied slate of documentary projects

62 projects selected for the 23rd edition of Medimed Doc Market
Director Alain de Halleux, who is taking part in the central Pitching Forum with Z-The War Machine

The Euro-Mediterranean Documentary Market (Medimed) has unveiled the 62 documentary projects from 24 countries selected for its online 2022 edition. Celebrating its 23rd iteration this year, the co-production and co-financing market invites some of the most promising filmmakers and prominent members of the industry to present a varied slate of documentary projects at different stages of development. Medimed is taking place from 10-14 October and offers a range of Industry Talks, which will deal with different topics of interest to industry professionals, sponsored by the Creative Europe – MEDIA Office in Catalonia.

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Among the 28 projects selected for the central Pitching Forum are Z-The War Machine by seasoned director Alain de Halleux and producer Rodolphe Dietrich, who delve deep into the armed conflict in Ukraine, reminding us that Europe is a victim of the economic war; and Armenian director Hakob Melkonyan’s promising project War Diary, in which he gets his hands on his grandfather’s diary from World War II and discovers that he went off fighting in solidarity with all the soldiers in countries in the vicinity of Armenia, including Ukraine. It is being produced by Laurence Uebersfeld.

Twelve projects at the early stages of development from ten countries have been selected for the second edition of New Players Pitch, the forum’s new section for fostering international co-productions. Catering to both established producers and up-and-comers who are committed to creative collaboration, the tailored professional platform will take place on the morning of Tuesday 11th, where meetings between 12 projects and 40 attending established producers will take place via short presentations and curated one-on-one sessions.

Eight projects have been selected for this year’s Rough Cut Advisory Meetings: notable titles include Baghdad on Fire, produced by Integral Films (Norway), which shows a young woman’s transformation while fighting for her rights and becoming more and more aware of her own desires and demands in Iran. In Slave Island, produced by Harald House (Belgium), we see the life of activist Jeremy Kewuan, who confronts the invisible power of ideology and faith on a remote island in Indonesia, known for its practising of slavery. In Tskaltubo, produced by Vars-Studio (Georgia), we meet a community of female refugees who have settled in an abandoned luxury hotel from the Soviet era.

In a series of 25-minute meetings, 19 projects from 11 different countries will come face to face with financiers, distributors, acquisitions executives and sales agents. They span different topics and points of view. For example, Homeland Security, produced by Enero Films (Spain), explores the hidden agenda behind Europe’s refugee crisis and the world’s arms industry. My Cousin Steven, produced by Bloom Media House (Italy), presents the story of the Italian family of Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and their quest to gain recognition for the musical legacy at their roots. Finally, What we are not, produced by Screen Story (Norway), presents the House of Friele, a community of drag pioneers in Bergen, who share a dream but not always the same views.

The Medimed Doc Market is made possible by DIPLOCAT, the Catalan Institute of Cultural Industries (ICEC), the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed), the Diputació de Barcelona and Sitges City Council. Medimed’s collaboration partners are the Creative Europe – MEDIA Office in Catalonia, Catalan Films, Televisió de Catalunya, the Doha Film Institute, the Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image de la Tunisie and the producers’ associations DOCMA, PRODOCS, CIMA, Dones Visuals and German Documentaries.

The projects selected (full information here):.

Pitching Forum

40 Years Of Silence - Maythem Ridha (UK/Iraq/Sweden)
Production: 7th Heaven Studios

A Woman In Kabul - Charlotte Erlih (France)
Production: Kepler22 Productions

Aana & Ci - Åsa Ekman, Oscar Hedin Hetteberg (Sweden)
Production: Film And Tell

After The Evil - Tamara Erde (France)
Production: Gloria Films Productions

Ashish's Journey - Ali Elaraby (Egypt/Qatar/USA)
Production: Ambient Light, Katara Studios, View Park

Entangled Hopeful Bird - Dawood Hilmandi (Netherlands/Afghanistan)
Production: Hilmandi Films Productions

Fake Lies - Anna M. Bofarull (Spain)
Production: Kaboga Art & Films

From Where To Where - Maciej Hamela (Poland)
Production: Affinity Cine

Gaza's Fish - Mohamed Harb (Palestine)
Production: Haifa Media

Let's Play Soldiers - Mariam Al-Dhubhani (Yemen/Qatar/USA)
Production: Meem Square Films

Life Afterwards - Carolina Plata (Spain)
Production: Nina Produccions

Luckless Lake - Faraz Fadaian (Iran)
Production: Eli Image

Malcom X, Justice By Any Means - Amine Mestari (France)
Production: Cinétevé

Mankind's Folly - Yorgos Avgeropoulos (Greece)
Production: Smallplanet Productions

My Dream To Fly - Asmaa Gamal (Egypt)
Production: Rec&Roll

Of Lead And Coal - Thomas Uzan (France)
Production: Habilis Productions

Peace, Is It Possible? - Susana Guardiola (Spain)
Production: Stories By Susana Guardiola

Radiography Of A Massacre: Back To Sabra And Chatila - Nicolas Jallot (France)
Production: Day For Night Productions

Son Of The Streets - Mohammed Almughanni (Palestine)
Production: Made In Palestine Project

Taliban 2.0 A New Dawn - Omar Mullick (UK/Germany)
Production: Faction Media

Tautavel Man - Amandine Picault (France)
Production: Tangerine Productions

The Little Prince, A Star Is Born - Vincent Nguyen (Spain/France)
Production: Barnabé Productions, Les Films D’ici

The Magma - Mia Bendrimia (Egypt)
Production: Ambient Light

The Noise Of Absence - Alexander Hick (Germany/Spain/Peru)
Production: Leykauf Film, Flair Film, Tambo Films

The White Rose - Sara Gibbings, Ann Marie Mccormack (UK/Spain)
Production: Troy Tv, Padi Productions

War Diary - Hakob Melkonyan (France/Armenia)
Production: Lufilms

Women Without Men - Marina Nazarenko (Latvia)
Production: Fenixfilm

Z - The War Machine - Alain De Halleux (France)
Production: Zorn Productions

Anti Pitch Section

All That Remains - Gianpaolo Bigoli (Italy)
Production: Wendy Film

Baghdad On Fire - Karrar Al-Azzawi (Norway)
Production: Integral Film

Budapest Diaries - Shay Fogelman (Israel)
Production: TTV Productions

Coexistence, My Ass! - Amber Fares (Israel)
Production: Homemade Docs

Hold Still - Berke Bas (Turkey)
Production: Liman Film

Lord, Take Me Soon - Guillermo F Flórez (Spain)
Production: Guillermo F. Flórez Films

Slave Island - Jeremy Kewuan, Jimmy Hendrickx (Belgium)
Production: Harald House Belgium

Tskaltubo - George Varsimashvili, Jeanne Nouchi (Georgia)
Production: Vars-Studio

Speedy Pitch Section

American Union - Ben Evans James (UK/USA)
Production: Inside Out Films

Backbone Shivers - Mickaël Damperon (France)
Production: Pulp Films

De Gaulle - Bourguiba: Arm Wrestling In Bizerte - Olfa Chakroun (Tunisia/France)
Production: Atalante Films, Magnolias Films

Kasra Online - Soudabe Beizaei (Iran)
Production: Ayvision

Lost For Words - Hannah Papacek Harper (France)
Production: Rétroviseur Productions

Missing in Casablanca - David Deri (Israel)
Production: Maagalot Productions

Moral Fibre - Isabel Andrés Portí (Spain/Germany)
Production: Lady Mool Stories, Jyoti Film

Of Trees And Forests, The Invisible World - Christophe Cousin, Anais Van Ditzhuyzen (France)
Production: Cinétévé

Red Sea - Javier Tolentino, Doriam Alonso (Spain)
Production: La Fábrica Naranja

The Last Chapter - Mohamed El Aboudi (Finland)
Production: Icebreaker Productions

The Missing Camel - Gladys Marciano (France/Morocco/Senegal)
Production: Drôle De Trame, Abel Aflam, Astou Production

The North Rush - Karim Sayad (Switzerland)
Production: Close Up Films

What We’re Not - Benjamin Garcia Langeland (Norway)
Production: Screen Story

Speedy Pitch Section + New Players Co-Production Pitch

Al-Hareefa - Ziad Selim (Egypt)
Production: El Maraya For Culture And Arts

Homeland Security - Virginia Díaz, Víctor Luengo (Spain)
Production: Enero Films

My Cousin Steven - Davide Morabito, Francesco Giannini (Italy)
Production: Bloom Media House

Why I Don’t Write Anything - Isabel Fernandez (Spain)
Production: Al Pati Produccions

New Players Co-Production Pitch

Milda’s Room - Kristine Želve (Latvia)
Production: Bite Films

Miramar - Albert Folk (Spain)
Production: The Folks Films

No Sex No Love No Country - Yaël Perlman (France)
Production: Tryptique Films

Nothing Called Home - Arkus (UAE)
Production: Maurice & Morrise

The Big Data Of The Countryside - Stéphane Goxe, Arnaud Brugier (France)
Production: Films Figures Libres, Main Verte Production

Their Present Is Our Future: Saleem and Climate Adaptation - Emmanuel Cappellin (France)
Production: Bite Films

Whose Dream Are You Living - Mohammad Tabarsa (Iran)
Production: Ayvision Film

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