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You are in: Home > 2003. 51st Edition  > Awards and Jury Members > Altadis-New Directors Award Jury > MARTIAL KNAEBEL

Director of the Fribourg Festival, born in Strasbourg in 1948, he studied Chemistry at Metz University and for three years (1974-1977) travelled around East and Central Africa where he worked as a teacher and cultural organizer. Having settled in Switzerland, he worked for various NGOs involved in Latin American and African projects. In 1984 he started working at the Fribourg Festival as a consultant on African, Asian and Latin American films, becoming its director in 1990.

Concerned about films from the Third World, he co-founded a distribution company promoting movies from these countries in Switzerland. Since 1990 he has been Administrative Manager of Les Films du Raphia, specializing in African documentaries, and, since 1997, appointed expert on cinema for the Department of Development and Cooperation at the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He sits on the Experts Board of the Montecinemaverità Foundation, dedicated to providing support for films from Asia, Latin America, Africa and Eastern Europe.


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