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Orwa Nyrabia

Artistic Director

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Orwa Nyrabia is the Artistic Director of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. Before IDFA, Orwa co-founded Syria’s first independent film festival, DOX BOX, with Diana El Jeiroudi, and notably produced Notturno (Gianfranco Rosi, Venice 2020), Silvered Water (Ossama Mohammad and W. Bedirxan, Cannes 2014), Return to Homs (Talal Derki, IDFA 2013) and Dolls, A Woman from Damascus (Diana El Jeiroudi, IDFA 2007). His work was recognized by awards such as the George Polk Award, the HRW Courage in Filmmaking Award, and the Katrin Cartlidge Award. An actor by training (Gate of the Sun, Yousri Nassrallah, Cannes 2004), he started his film career as 1st assistant of Ossama Mohammad (Sacrifices, Cannes 2002). He is based between Amsterdam and Berlin where he co-founded No Nation Films in 2014