Moving Docs attends Docs in Thessaloniki


Moving Docs co-ordinator, Kyveli Short, was invited to be part of the expert group at EDN's 2017 Docs in Thessaloniki pitching forum.

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The Hope School for refugees in Skaramangas camp, Athens

 Journalist Patrick Strickland wrote an article for Al Jazeera about his impressions from the Hope School for refugees in Skaramangas camp, Athens.

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Sonita Workshops in Athens

Moving Docs, in collaboration with CineDoc, invited Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami, the director of Sonita, to screen her film and run a couple of workshops in Greek refugee centres.

Read on to find out Rokhsareh's impressions.

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Buy me? I'm for sale

Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning film Sonita is a both a study of a fearless refugee girl determined to change the world and an examination of the limits of objectivity, discovers Kirstin Innes.

The teenager rapping into a spoon in the back yard is grinning wide, bursting with self-belief, clapped and cheered along by an audience of younger girls who clearly adore her.  Her lyrics are full of the kind of confidence that only comes with being sixteen (or thereabouts – she isn’t quite sure of her age). “My future is bright, don’t worry about me,” she yells, and her audience shout the chorus back at her and scream her name.

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This is Sonita – a teenage Afghani immigrant who fled the Taliban as a child, living in Iran without  papers, and now the star of an award-winning documentary about her life.

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Cynical about the online world? Princess Shaw will lift you up

Amidst the gloom about social media, one documentary reminds us just how suddenly lives can change and unlikely friendships blossom – all thanks to online connections.

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There can be few things which evoke more cynicism than social media. The mere mention of Facebook or tweeting is enough to prompt a storm of muttering and shaking of heads among some. More often than not, it is not the dodgy commercial practices of these companies that seems to annoy people the most, but the supposed narcissism and short-term thinking of those who partake in this online life.

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#ZlatanStyle – the Winners in Greece!

Ask anyone about Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and they’ll tell you that the Swedish striker is famous for scoring some of the most beautiful goals in contemporary football. To celebrate the Greek release of documentary Becoming Zlatan, which follows the star as a young player and discusses how he feels that youth football saved him, we thought we’d invite budding strikers aged 6–18 to share their gorgeous goals, #ZlatanStyle. The next generation of footballing superstars are looking pretty nifty if you ask us.

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Gilberto Silva and Diamanti Chouchoumi meet the next generation of football stars, at a screening of Becoming Zlatan

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How two indie filmmakers got full access to Zlatan Ibrahimović

He’s one of the biggest, best-known football stars in the world; he’s also famously very guarded with the media, often cutting short his interviews and never going into much personal detail. So how did two indie filmmakers on a small budget manage to get some of the most intimate conversations ever recorded with Zlatan Ibrahimović?

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Newest partner screens 'Toto and his Sisters'

Τhe Moving Docs family is getting larger! Welcome Berlin Documentary Film Club  :)

 

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Theresa May's pet project (and it's not Brexit)

Christmas has come early for the new British Prime Minister. Theresa May’s pet project, the ‘Snooper’s Charter’ to massively ramp up state surveillance, was defeated by Lib Dem opposition during the previous coalition government. But just hours after the ballots were counted on 8 May 2015, a triumphant May announced that the new, unrestrained Conservative government would resurrect the bill, in order to ensure the security services can “keep us safe and secure”. Last week this new Investigatory Powers (IP) Bill passed the final reading in the House of Lords and is likely to become law before the year is up.

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Debate around the bill – limited as it was – has tended to polarise around two sometimes abstract positions: On the one hand, those who believe that ‘ordinary’ citizens should have no reason to fear a bit of state surveillance; on the other, those who issue dire warnings about freedom and privacy. So what’s the issue with this legislation – and what will actually change when the IP Bill becomes law?

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“Football isn’t just playing solo”

As I’m writing this, yet another story about Manchester United’s highest-profile new signing hits the UK press. Fenerbahçe centre back Simon Kjaer has described Zlatan Ibrahimović as “the kind of chest-puffing player, who is arrogant” following a mid-match clash where Zlatan grabbed the other player’s throat. While Kjaer seemed to be shrugging off the incident as just part of the game, a quote like this is catnip to sports journalists, who since his early days at Malmö FC have fed off Zlatan’s larger-than-life public persona and his on-pitch spats.

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