Talal Derki

Talal Derki

Syria

Biography

Born in Damascus in 1977, Talal Derki is a Syrian filmmaker who studied filmmaking in Athens and graduated in 2003. He made two short fiction films, and five documentaries. His films were previously screened in various festivals (Thessaloniki, Rotterdam Arab Film Festival...) and received several awards such as the Silver Hawk at the Rotterdam Arab Film Festival 2011 for AZADI, and a Special Mention from the Jury at the Arab Camera Film Festival 2012, for LAJAT.

Both films made during the Syrian revolution and screened with alias names, before Talal Derki decided to leave Syria with his family.

He also worked intensively as a video reporter, for important agencies and outlets, including Thomson Reuters, CNN, ITV, Al Arabiya, France 24 among others. He was a finalist at the Rory Peck Awards 2012. In addition to being a filmmaker, Talal Derki is also a published poet.

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