Magazine article Screen International

Jihan El-Tahri Appointed Director of Arab Documentary Agency DOX BOX

Magazine article Screen International

Jihan El-Tahri Appointed Director of Arab Documentary Agency DOX BOX

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Berlin-based organisation nurtures sustainable documentary scene across the Arab world.

The renowned French-Egyptian documentary producer and director Jihan El-Tahri has been appointed director of DOX BOX, the Berlin-based organisation devoted to supporting the development of a sustainable documentary scene across the Arab world.

She replaces co-founder and long-time director Diana El Jeiroudi, who is leaving to focus on personal projects as a producer and director, including her documentary project Republic Of Silence. She will remain a member of the DOX BOX general assembly.

El-Tahri started her career as a foreign correspondent covering Middle East politics before moving into directing and producing documentaries for a number of broadcast organisations including BBC, PBS and Arte.

Her most recent documentary Nasser screened at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2017. Her further credits include Behind the Rainbow, Cuba, an African Odyssey, and the Emmy-nominated House Of Saud.

She is a member of the Academy (AMPAS) documentary section and is engaged in various associations and institutions working with African cinema.

DOX BOX announced El-Tahri’s appointment at a special event on Monday evening (Feb 11) in Berlin where it also bid farewell and paid tribute to its co-founder and long-time director El Jeiroudi. …

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