HOW FICTIONAL THE DOCUMENTARY FILMS COULD BE by  Shaheen Dill-Riaz

HOW FICTIONAL THE DOCUMENTARY FILMS COULD BE by Shaheen Dill-Riaz

Workshop Date: 8-9 March

Workshop Details:

Director and Cinematographer Shaheen Dill-Riaz has been working between Europe and South-East-Asia for more than two decades. Films like Ironeaters (2008), Korankinder (2009) or Shoulder to Shoulder (2012) and his latest film Bamboo Stories (2019), which has just been premiered at DocPoint Festival in Helsinki, have offered a different insight into the living and working space and into the complex terrain of human relationship. His films are unique in it’s visual language. As a director who also does his own cinematography, Shaheen will share how this double role has impacted his work through the years and what potentials and challenges are involved in this combined profession. While working in documentary genre for so many years and having the passion in story-telling Shaheen recognized that at the core of all his filmic work the ingredients of fiction always play a decisive role. This workshop will emphasis on the way he research, shoot and edit a film and the process of constructing a story.

He would like to share the challenging aspects of this process through questioning and analyzing his own work and would also like to disclose some secret techniques of his film-making that the documentary film-makers usually try to hide.

Application Guideline:

• To apply, please fill out this Workshop Application Form: https://goo.gl/forms/WYX7nhZsGd7UKM9N2

• Upload your work/portfolio in your Youtube/Vimeo channel and send us the Youtube/Vimeo link (send details if its password protected).

Born on Feb 12, 1969, in Dhaka / Bangladesh. After spending six years of his life in a military boarding school he resisted against the wish of his parents and turned his back on the soldier's profession. At the age of 19 he went into the independent film scene of the capital Dhaka. There he joined the young filmmakers of the city and was involved in various short film productions. Through a cultural scholarship of the Goethe-Institute, he came to Berlin in 1992, where he initially studied at the Freie Universität Berlin History of Art and subsequently studied cinematography at the Filmuniversität Babelsberg.
He works often in various roles, like writer, story consultant or producer beside his main profession of direction and cinematography. He takes over teaching positions and block-seminars at various universities. In 2010 he was invited by the University of Konstanz and in 2016 by the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin as an annual fellow. Shaheen’s production company MAYALOK is based in Berlin and produces for European market since 2003.