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DOX BOX Global Day 2013


On the occasion of Syria Global Day on March 15 the organisers of the Syrian documentary film festival DOX BOX organises the second edition of DOX BOX Global. It includes screening of Syrian documentaries on many locations world wide.

Several cultural institutions and locations around the world will join forces with the DOX BOX organisers to screen Syrian documentaries for DOX BOX Global 2013, happening on March 15th. It is an event dedicated to showcasing the real lives of Syrians through handpicked films and YouTube videos. Screenings are scheduled to take place in Cairo, Ramallah, Kosovo, Holland, Denmark, Sweden and Albania. 

Among the films to be included in the program is X-Mas In Homs (Syria, 15 min, 2012) by Bassel Shehade. When filmmaker Bassel Shehade was killed in Homs, this film was ufinished, and so it will remain. In Homs, Bassel filmed the events of Christmas Eve 2011, but he didn't know that it would be his last.

Also included is Playground In Hell (Syria, 24 min, 2012) by Anonymous. The film focus on seeing war inside the eyes of children, where fresh amazement takes away all fears?
The children of Homs have a lot to say about war, but they also have other things to say, about the games, their friends and parents... They have secrets to tell sometimes, and to hide away most of the time. The film is an invitation to a world of these secrets.

Other films to be included in the program are:

  • A Night of Resilience (Syria, 5 min, 2012) by “Talbisseh Team”
  • Morning Fears, Night Chants (Syria, 34 min, 2012) by Salma Aldiri & Roula Ladqani 
  • Lights (Syria, 24 min, 2006) by Reem Al-Ghazzi


The first DOX BOX film festival took place in Syria in 2008 as a non-profit festival organised by independent filmmakers. The festival aims to act as a platform for both Arab and international filmmakers working creatively with documentary filmmaking. In 2011, over 27.000 participants attended the festival.

Due to the unstable situation in Syria, the festival organisers could not host the festival in Syria in 2012. Therefore they initiated DOX BOX Global, to screen Syrian documentaries around the world. It is this initiative, which is continued again in 2013.

In 2012 the DOX BOX organisers received The EDN Award for their outstanding contribution to the documentary culture.

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