Middle East

Aan Korb: BBC Arabic Film and Documentary Festival

Aan Korb

The BBC Arabic Aan Korb Film and Documentary Festival, in partnership with the British Council, took place in November 2014 at the iconic Radio Theatre

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Media captionTwenty films, seven panels discussions and three workshops took place over four days.

The Aan Korb Film and Documentary Festival showcased the very best work reflecting on the political activity that has been taking place in the Arab world since late 2010. The stories - some harrowing, some joyful, all of them meaningful - were about and by ordinary people living through extraordinary times. Over four days, we presented a total of 20 documentaries, citizen journalism pieces and short films that represent a bold and diverse range of work from across the Middle East, by Arab and non-Arab, professional and first-time, filmmakers.

The Festival ran as a competition and final entries were selected by two judging panels of experts in their fields. The Festival was set up and managed by a steering committee comprising of members from BBC Arabic and the British Council.

We would like to thank our expert panel of judges for the 2014 edition of Aan Korb:

  • Short Films Panel Chair: Liliane Landor, Controller, Languages, Global News
  • Kaleem Aftab, Film Correspondent
  • Briony Hanson, Director of Film, British Council
  • Sara Ishaq, Director
  • Rose Issa, Curator, Writer, Publisher
  • Documentaries and Citizen Journalism Panel Chair: Tom Giles, Editor, BBC Panorama
  • Maggie O'Kane, Editorial Director, Guardian Films, The Guardian
  • Hussain Currimbhoy, Director of Programming, Sheffield Doc/Fest
  • Marc Perkins, BBC Arabic Head of Documentaries
  • Ahdaf Soueif , Writer, Political and Cultural Commentator