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Duki Dror

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Né à Tel Aviv et formé à l’UCLA et Columbia College (Chicago), Duki Dror est un documentariste renommé.


Filmography

Sentenced to Learn 1993
Prison inmates sentenced to life replace teachers to educate illiterate fellow inmates.

Radio Daze 1996
The unusual life of a radio quiz game champion at the height of Israel’s consumerist craze.

Cafe Noah 1997
Jewish Arab musicians and the legendary club they played in Tel Aviv.

Warp & Weft 1997
A giant textile factory closes down, leaving hundreds without a job, and destroying the fabric of an immigrant company-town.

A Street of Faith 1998
Religious-secular relations in the heart of « hipster » Tel Aviv.


Stress 1998
An impressionist look at the stress factor inIsraeli and Palestinian societies. The first Palestinian-Israeli co-production. Co-director:Rashid Mashrawi

Red Vibes 1999
A punk group, a porn artist, and the Church of Black Communism: the underground culture of Russian immigrant youth.

Taqasim 1999
The search for a missing radio recording from the 1930s takes us on a voyage through the streets of Cairo, where we discover the Arabic musical heritage of many Israeli Jews.

Watchman 2000
A portrait of controversial Palestinian human rights activist Bassem Eid.

My Fantasia 2001
A family portrait revolving around 3 Iraqi-born brothers, begining with the 1991 Gulf War and ending with the closure of their menorah factory.

Raging Dove 2002
Palestinian-Israeli-American world boxing champion Johar Abu Lashin and his struggle to reconcile a fragmented identity in and out of the ring.
Best Documentary, DOCAVIV Documentary Film Festival, Tel Aviv
Best Documentary, Valley Film Festival, Los Angeles


Mr. Cortisone Happy Days 2004 co-directed with Shlomi Shir
The isolation room, where Shlomi Shir stays for radioactive-iodine treatment, becomes an inspiring cinematic location for the director who is a cancer patient.
Audience Award, Seoul Documentary film Festival


Producer and co-writer:

Paradise Lost Dir: Ebtisam Mara’ana, 2003
A young director the director investigates the secret past of her village, Paradise, a picturesque fishermen village overlooking the Mediterranean
Best New Appearance, 2004 DocAviv Documentary Film Festival





Festivals

1993

Best Documentary, Athens International Film Festival.
Silver Plaque, Chicago International Film Festival.
Special Merit, New England Film Festival, New York.
New Television Award, Center for New Television, Chicago.
American Retrospective, Cinema du Reel, Paris, France

1996
American Film Institute (AFI) Film & Video Festival, Los Angeles
Israel Film Institute Award
Jerusalem International Film Festival, Israel
Haifa International Film Festival, Israel

1997-8
Jury’s Choice, Meridiens Film Bienalle, France
Best documentary, Berkley Jewish film Festival
Palermo Mediterranean Film Festival, Italy
Liege Video Festival, Belgium
Israeli Film Festival, Los Angeles and New York
Haifa Film Festival, Israel

1999
Rome Film Festival, Italy
Rotterdam Film Festival, The Netherlands
DocAviv Film Festival, Tel Aviv, Israel
Sunny Side of the Doc, Marseilles, France

2000
Special Mention, Palermo Mediterranean Film Festival, Italy
Kalamata Documentary Film Festival, Greece.

2001
Encounters South Africa International Documentary Festival
Leipzig Documentary Film Festival, Germany
Sephardic Film Festival, New York

2002
South by Southwest Film Festival, Austin, Texas
Double Take Film festival, Durham, North Carolina
Special Merit, San-Francisco Film Festival Best Documentary
DOCAVIV Documentary Film Festival
Toronto Jewish Film Festival
Vancouver Jewish Film Festival
Montreal Jewish Film Festival
« Mother Tongue » Film Festival
Sephardic Film Festival, New York
Leipzig Dokfest, Germany
Best Documentary – Valley Film Festival, Los Angeles

2003
Seattle Jewish Film Festival
Israeli-Palestinian Film Festival, Paris
Doc Aviv Film Fetival

2004
Human Rights Watch Film Festiva, London
Human Rights Watch Film Festiva, New York
Munich Film Festival
INPUT, Barcelona
Doc Aviv Film Fetival
Documenta Madrid
Cinema Du Reel
Taiwan Documentary Film Festival
Jerusalem Film Festival

2005
Frigbourg Film Festival
San Fransisco Jewish Film Festival
Hafia Film Festival
Amal Arab Film Festival, Santiago, Spain
Jewish Film Festival, Warsaw
MedFilm Festival, Rome
IDFA, Amsterdam

English

Born in Tel Aviv and educated at UCLA and Columbia College in Chicago, Duki Dror is a critically-acclaimed documentary director. His first film « Sentenced to Learn, » about « lifers » getting schooled in a Chicago penitentiary, was showcased in 1993 by Cinema Du Reel in a historical retrospective of American Documentary.
Since then, Dror has made 15 films that deal, in various ways, with issues of identity – cultural, political and ethnic expressions of individuals in a post-modern world. Among his films: « Raging Dove » (2002) ? the story of world boxing champion Johar Abu Lashin – won the best film award in Docaviv film festival and at the San Francisco and the Valley film festivals. His most recent films are: « Paradise Lost » (co-writer and producer) ? about the struggle of a young Arab women in Israel and « Mr. Cortisone Happy Days » (premieres in Cinema Du Reel in 2004) ? a feature documentary about one man and a video camera trying to defeat death.
Dror’s films are internationally distributed and were broadcast in Europe, Asia, Australia and North America.


« Duki Dror disassembles the notion of migration and presents characters that are detached from the mainstream, enclosed in cultural islands. » (Ynet).

ARTICLE ON DUKI DROR’S CINEMA Published in Cinematheque

Filmography

Sentenced to Learn 1993
Prison inmates sentenced to life replace teachers to educate illiterate fellow inmates.

Radio Daze 1996
The unusual life of a radio quiz game champion at the height of Israel’s consumerist craze.

Cafe Noah 1997
Jewish Arab musicians and the legendary club they played in Tel Aviv.

Warp & Weft 1997
A giant textile factory closes down, leaving hundreds without a job, and destroying the fabric of an immigrant company-town.

A Street of Faith 1998
Religious-secular relations in the heart of « hipster » Tel Aviv.


Stress 1998
An impressionist look at the stress factor inIsraeli and Palestinian societies. The first Palestinian-Israeli co-production. Co-director:Rashid Mashrawi

Red Vibes 1999
A punk group, a porn artist, and the Church of Black Communism: the underground culture of Russian immigrant youth.

Taqasim 1999
The search for a missing radio recording from the 1930s takes us on a voyage through the streets of Cairo, where we discover the Arabic musical heritage of many Israeli Jews.

Watchman 2000
A portrait of controversial Palestinian human rights activist Bassem Eid.

My Fantasia 2001
A family portrait revolving around 3 Iraqi-born brothers, begining with the 1991 Gulf War and ending with the closure of their menorah factory.

Raging Dove 2002
Palestinian-Israeli-American world boxing champion Johar Abu Lashin and his struggle to reconcile a fragmented identity in and out of the ring.
Best Documentary, DOCAVIV Documentary Film Festival, Tel Aviv
Best Documentary, Valley Film Festival, Los Angeles


Mr. Cortisone Happy Days 2004 co-directed with Shlomi Shir
The isolation room, where Shlomi Shir stays for radioactive-iodine treatment, becomes an inspiring cinematic location for the director who is a cancer patient.
Audience Award, Seoul Documentary film Festival


Producer and co-writer:

Paradise Lost Dir: Ebtisam Mara’ana, 2003
A young director the director investigates the secret past of her village, Paradise, a picturesque fishermen village overlooking the Mediterranean
Best New Appearance, 2004 DocAviv Documentary Film Festival





Festivals

1993

Best Documentary, Athens International Film Festival.
Silver Plaque, Chicago International Film Festival.
Special Merit, New England Film Festival, New York.
New Television Award, Center for New Television, Chicago.
American Retrospective, Cinema du Reel, Paris, France

1996
American Film Institute (AFI) Film & Video Festival, Los Angeles
Israel Film Institute Award
Jerusalem International Film Festival, Israel
Haifa International Film Festival, Israel

1997-8
Jury’s Choice, Meridiens Film Bienalle, France
Best documentary, Berkley Jewish film Festival
Palermo Mediterranean Film Festival, Italy
Liege Video Festival, Belgium
Israeli Film Festival, Los Angeles and New York
Haifa Film Festival, Israel

1999
Rome Film Festival, Italy
Rotterdam Film Festival, The Netherlands
DocAviv Film Festival, Tel Aviv, Israel
Sunny Side of the Doc, Marseilles, France

2000
Special Mention, Palermo Mediterranean Film Festival, Italy
Kalamata Documentary Film Festival, Greece.

2001
Encounters South Africa International Documentary Festival
Leipzig Documentary Film Festival, Germany
Sephardic Film Festival, New York

2002
South by Southwest Film Festival, Austin, Texas
Double Take Film festival, Durham, North Carolina
Special Merit, San-Francisco Film Festival Best Documentary
DOCAVIV Documentary Film Festival
Toronto Jewish Film Festival
Vancouver Jewish Film Festival
Montreal Jewish Film Festival
« Mother Tongue » Film Festival
Sephardic Film Festival, New York
Leipzig Dokfest, Germany
Best Documentary – Valley Film Festival, Los Angeles

2003
Seattle Jewish Film Festival
Israeli-Palestinian Film Festival, Paris
Doc Aviv Film Fetival

2004
Human Rights Watch Film Festiva, London
Human Rights Watch Film Festiva, New York
Munich Film Festival
INPUT, Barcelona
Doc Aviv Film Fetival
Documenta Madrid
Cinema Du Reel
Taiwan Documentary Film Festival
Jerusalem Film Festival

2005
Frigbourg Film Festival
San Fransisco Jewish Film Festival
Hafia Film Festival
Amal Arab Film Festival, Santiago, Spain
Jewish Film Festival, Warsaw
MedFilm Festival, Rome
IDFA, Amsterdam