by Alexandra Zeevalkink.
The Dubai International Film Festival, the Doha Film Institute and Al Jazeera; just three examples of institutions and events contributing to, and reflecting the influx of, the rise of documentary film production in the region.
Arab documentaries found themselves almost in a ghetto around the 80s and 90s, struggling to step outside the state dominated arena. And if they were made, they were often funded or part funded from abroad.
But now the market is changing, the game changer upon reflection being the launch of Al Jazeera in the late 90s.
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