Al Jazeera Documentary Competition

Thierry Garrel holds the distinguished title of Chevalier in the French Order of Arts and Letters. He joined the Research Department of French Television (ORTF) at the age of twenty and went on to head the Documentary and Junior Authors Division at the Institut National de l’Audiovisuel. From 1987 until 2008, he was the head of the Documentary Film Department of La Sept and ARTe France. He developed the “Grand Format” collection, which has co-produced and aired over 200 international award-winning documentaries. In his current work as a consultant, he is devoted to tutoring international seminars focusing on young documentary creators.

Eryk Rocha was born in Brasilia in 1978. He is the son of film director, actor, and screenwriter Glauber Rocha and filmmaker Paula Gaután. He studied film at the escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión de San Antonio de Los Baños in Cuba (eICTV). His feature documentary Rocha que voa screened at Venice, Locarno, Montreal, and Rotterdam, and received several awards. He also directed the documentaries Pachamama and Intervalo clandestino. His short film, Quimera, was part of the Official Selection at Cannes in 2004. Transeunte, his first narrative feature film, won Best First Time Director at the Guadalajara International Film Festival.

Dorothy Woodend was born in Vancouver and raised in the Kootenays. She is the Director of Programming for the DOXA Documentary Film Festival. She has an extensive background in film, arts management, and event production, and in 1999 she co-founded Eponymous Productions. Her freelance writing has been published in national and international magazines, newspapers, and books. Since 2004, she has been the film critic for The Tyee, an independent online magazine. She has worked with the Vancouver International Film Festival, Whistler Film Festival, National Film Board of Canada and is a member of the Vancouver Film Critics Circle.