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Each year, DOXA invites guest curators to select a film for the festival.  Each film is accompanied by an essay from each curator.

Rebecca Carroll

Rebecca Carroll is a producer of special projects focusing on race at WNYC/New York Public Radio. She is a regular Opinion Writer at The Guardian US and the author of five nonfiction books, including Sugar in the Raw and Saving the Race. Her columns, profiles, film and book reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Daily Beast, Ebony, and Gawker, among others.

Essay: Black Life Is, Ain't and Still Rises
Special Program: Black Life Is, Ain't and Still Rises


Thierry Garrel

Thierry Garrel, a French Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, joined the Research Department of French Television (ORTF) at the age of twenty and went on to Head of the Documentary and Junior Authors Division at the Institut National de l’Audiovisuel (INA). From 1987 until 2008, he was the Head of the Documentary Film Department of La Sept and ARTE France, European cultural channels. While in this position, he developed many highly regarded programs and the renowned “GRAND FORMAT” collection which has co-produced and aired over 200 international award-winning feature length documentaries. Since 2009, he has worked as a consultant and is devoted to “experience feedback”, by tutoring international seminars and workshops focusing on young documentary creators and professionals.

Essay: Claire Simon: The (French) Woman with a Movie Camera
Special Program: French French


Zeina Zahreddine

Zeina Zahreddine has worked in the independent film industry in Lebanon and the Arab World since 2005. She was the Executive Director of Beirut DC, organized Arab Film Weeks in Edinburgh and Manchester (UK), and was the project manager of Crossroads. Residing now in Vancouver, she is contributing to projects and events for film organizations like Women in Film and Television Vancouver and Crazy8s. She is producing the new creative documentary of Syrian filmmaker Hazem Alhamwi (From My Syrian Room) and working with many Arab filmmakers on promoting independent Arab films in North America.

Essay: Arab Spring/Arab Fall
Special Program: Arab Spring/Arab Fall