Boring, boring, boring! That’s the only answer I got whenever I invited any of my friends to watch a documentary just five years ago. Today, friends are asking me, two weeks before DOX BOX 2011 starts, for the festival’s highlights. Since its launch in 2008, DOX BOX set off to break the stereotype of documentaries in Syria as TV reportages and scientific reports. It strived to show that there’s much more to this art form than National Geographic videos by screening creative documentaries by the masters of this craft.
Renowned filmmakers like France’s Nicholas Philibert, Chile’s Patricio Guzmán and America’s Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus visited DOX BOX. Their masterpieces Every Little Thing, The Battle of Chile, Don’t Look Back and Startup.com among others, were at play in the festival’s previous editions. This year, renowned British filmmaker Kim Longinotto is here and 4 of her films will be on show (Hold me Tight, Let me Go, Pink Saris, Sisters in Low, Pride of Place).
DOX BOX set off to break yet another stereotype this year and demonstrate that documentaries are not only for grownups by introducing the sidebar Youth: My World. In this sidebar, the country’s teens are invited to watch 4 documentaries (Draw Yourself, Albert’s Winter, Plank, Early Learning)
The festival also expanded its net and moved to yet another city, Aleppo. So, Grownups and Teens in Damascus, Homs, Tartous and Aleppo, welcome to DOX BOX 2011!