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Astra Film Festival 2011 - Jury

Galia Bador

Director of Docaviv – the Tel Aviv IDFF, CEO of the Israeli Documentary Filmmakers´ Forum between 2005 and 2008, producer of the Ramallah-Tel Aviv Int'l Human Rights FF in 2000, Initiator & Director of the Shorts FF (1997), Director of the Tel Aviv Int'l Student FF (1996). BA in Film & Television Studies, Production Studies at Camera Obscura Film School, Film & Video Media at the Champlain College – Israel, currently, valedictorian of Tel Aviv University. Producer of several films like: Rabbi Firer (dir: Amit Goren) 2008, Jerusalem is proud to present (dir: Nitzan Giladi) Winner of Human Rights award at IDFA 2007, Perfect Family (dir: Roni Aboulafia) 2007, Eshbal (dir: Ziv Even-Tsur) 2005, Amnon & Jill (dir: Gonen Glazer) 2005.

Stéphane Breton

A French nonfiction filmmaker and anthropologist, he directs and makes camera work and sound recording alone, in remote parts of the world (West Papua, Kyrghyzstan, New Mexico, Nepal, and hopefully next time in Russia), but also in the street down the block where he lives in Paris. His films include : “Them and Me” (2001), “Heaven in a Garden” (2003), “A Silent Summer” (2005), “The Outside World” (2007), “Night Rising on Clouds” (2007), “The Empty House” (2008), “Ascent to the Sky” (2009).

Emmanuel Chicon

Journalist, documentary critic at L’Humanité between 1999 and 2007, producer at France Culture between 2003 and 2009 (especially for the shows « La Fabrique de l’Histoire » and « Sur les docks »). Emmanuel Chicon also organizes a radio workshop for the Cinema Department of the Haute école d'art et de design in Geneva. Since 2007, the artistic counselor for the Visions du Réel programmes at the International Film Festival in Nyon ﴾Switzerland), whose sections « A l’écoute du réel » (2007-2008) and retrospective section (“La Trace”, 2011) he created. He coordinates the « Grands reportages et faits de société » section at the International Festival of Audiovisual Programs in Biarritz (FIPA) in 2010.

David MacDougall

David MacDougall is a pivotal figure in the development of ethnographic cinema and visual anthropology. He has made films in Africa, Australia, India, and Europe. His films have won numerous international awards, including the Film Prize of Cinéma du Réel, the Astra Grand Prize, and the Earthwatch Film Award. As a theorist, he has investigated central issues in documentary cinema and the relation of film to anthropology. His works provide an overview of the history of visual anthropology, as well as commentaries on such specific subjects as point-of-view and subjectivity, reflexivity, social aesthetics, and the role of the cinema subject. He is the author of two books: Transcultural Cinema (1998) and The Corporeal Image: Film, Ethnography, and the Senses (2006) and is presently Adjunct Professor at the Australian National University, Canberra. He was previously a member of Astra Film Festival juries in 1998 and 2000

Cristian Niţulescu

Member of CA SRTV and management advisor at TVR3. Former executive producer for the News Department of the Romanian Television. Editor in chief of the TVR News Department, coordonator at TVR Bucharest, producer of documentary films such as The Gold Story – a series of nine documentary films – selected for the Documentary Film Market at Cannes 2010. Training in letters, further training in Tv Management and Cultural Anthropology. Produced and directed a series of programmes on cultural anthropology topics for the Romanian Television. The author of linguistic research studies and books.

Cristi Puiu

One of the most acclaimed Romanian film directors and screenwriters of the New Wave, he is the author of award-winning shorts and feature films. He has a declared interest in documentary, which is visible in his feature films. Winner of many awards, including Un Certain Regard at Cannes, Silver Hugo Special Jury Prize of the Chicago Film Festival , and The Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival. His most recent production, “Aurora”, is the second film in a series entitled Six Stories from the Outskirts of Bucharest.

Ada Roseti

Ada Roseti joined the Discovery Channel team in 2008 and is currently the Channel Director of South- Eastern Europe, in charge of the content and image of the Discovery channels aired this region. Her career in the media began as an anchorperson at PRO FM radio. In television, she worked both in front and behind the camera, being charged with the acquisition of programmes for TVR, National TV and Prima TV. Known to the wide audience as a respectable film critic, contributing to the production of many radio and television programmes about the film industry. She is also a lecturer on broadcasting issues at the Faculty of Letters in Bucharest.

Michael Stewart

A distinguished anthropologist working in Eastern Europe, as well as a film producer in independent production companies and the BBC. Currently Director of Open City London Documentary Festival. He has a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology; he has been, variously a fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study, Budapest (Collegium Budapest), a Rubin Research Fellow at School of Public Policy, UCL; a Leverhulme Research Fellow, Dept. of Anthropology, London School of Economics.

Liviu Tipuriță

A multi-award-winning filmmaker specializing in investigative and observational documentaries, he has worked for over sixteen years for BBC, CHANNEL 4, ITV, CNN, ABC, NBC and ARTE. His documentaries deal with very sensitive subjects - child and human trafficking, sex abuse, terrorism, prostitution. Worked undercover to expose illegal trafficking (of women, children, human organs), or human-rights abuses (trade in babies for international adoptions, the abuse of children in orphanages). In 2003, Liviu made “The Child Sex Trade” for Cutting Edge/C4 - a documentary investigating paedophile rings and the pan-European trafficking of children, which won several major international awards - including The George Polk Award for Television Reporting and The National Headliners Award for Investigative Reporting. Liviu won the FPA (Foreign Press Award) in 2009 and a BAFTA nomination and the Royal Television Society Award (RTS) in 2010.

Michael Yorke

A documentary filmmaker and professor in visual anthropology, he teaches Practical Ethnographic Filmmaking at the Department of Anthropology in University College London. He lectures in Visual Anthropology at such institutes as the LSE, SOAS, Oxford University and the Manchester University Granada Centre. He is an active busy member of the Royal Anthropological Institute Film and Festival committee, and he has been on the jury of many leading international film festivals. After being a BBC producer/director and a freelance filmmaker and winning many international awards, he now trains social scientists in digital filmmaking.