Founded in 2007 by filmmakers Orwa Nyrabia and Diana Jeroudi, DOX BOX  began life as the first non-profit and public documentary film festival in Syria. In 2012, DOX BOX announced that the festival ‘will not be held as usual around Syria, in a continuous protest against the ongoing massacre of the Syrian people’. This selection of videos by amateur/activist filmmakers (the title is a reference to Dziga Vertov’s Man with a Movie Camera) raises important questions about the relation between politics and aesthetics, documentary and fiction, action and image. Their aims reflect the critical thinking that is at the essence of Syria’s cultural revolution as well as providing an alternative to the mainstream media’s image of Syria.

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