International Documentary Film


Jessica Yu (Jury president), director (USA)

Jessica Yu is a director of both documentaries and scripted films. Her credits include THE WEST WING, GREY’S ANATOMY and E.R. She won an Oscar for Best Documentary Short for BREATHING LESSONS (1996), a film about Mark O’Brien, a poet confined to an iron lung. Her latest film, LAST CALL AT THE OASIS (2011), a chronicle of the water crisis for Participant Media, screened at Toronto and Berlin and in the Special Screening Section at the Zurich Film Festival.


Mohamed Al-Daradji, director (Iraq)

Born in Baghdad in 1978, Mohamed Al-Daradji is co-founder of multi-award winning production company Human Film. In 2003, Al-Daradji made his first feature film AHLAAM, an insight into the chaos and confusion of a war-torn Iraq. It represented Iraq for Oscar and Golden Globe Consideration in 2007. His second feature film SON OF BABYLON (2009) was selected as Iraq’s official entry for the 2011 Academy Awards. Al-Daradji’s latest documentary IN MY MOTHER’S ARMS premiered at Toronto IFF in 2011.

Philippe Diaz, producer (France)

Philippe Diaz was born in Paris and began producing feature films in 1986. His film MAUVAIS SANG (1986) by Leos Carax, one of the first films to tackle the subject of AIDS, was nominated for three Césars. In collaboration with Columbia Pictures, he launched numerous films as the head of acquisition at AAA Paris, He received the award for Best Documentary Feature at the Slamdance Festival for THE EMPIRE IN AFRICA (2006), a film which he also directed.

Janus Metz, director (Denmark)

Januz Metz, born 1974 in Denmark, shot his debut documentary TOWNSHIP BOYS in 2006 after a residency in South Africa. Later works also tackled controversial subjects: LOVE ON DELIVERY (2008) addressed the prostitution of Thai women in Denmark. His documentary film ARMADILLO, about a Danish special unit in Afghanistan, enjoyed international festival success and won numerous awards including the Zurich Film Festival’s Golden Eye.