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1 for 1
Lessons for Zafirah
The Colour of Olives
CAROLINA RIVAS
Director, Writer



One of the most recognized Mexican filmmakers on the international scene. Rivas studied at the University Centre for Film Studies (CUEC) and the School of Writers (Sogem).

She also studied theatre and Butoh dance. Starting with her short film Zero cero (Mexico  2003), which was selected at the Cannes Film Festival, Rivas has received numerous awards throughout his career.

She is the author of Film Step by Step: The Methodology of Self-knowledge, published in Mexico in 2010.She is a founding member and General Manager of the production company Creadores Contemporáneos, founded in Mexico in 2008 in collaboration with Daoud Sarhandi.

So far Sarhandi and Rivas have produced three feature films: The Colour of Olives (Carolina Rivas, Mexico-Palestine, 2006, 97 min.), Lessons for Zafirah (Carolina Rivas and Daoud Sarhandi, Mexico, 2011, 75 min), 1 for 1 (Carolina Rivas and Daoud Sarhandi, Mexico-Spain, 2013, 77 min.).

In 2015 Carolina founded Contemporary Actors Company and directed her theatre play The Stoy of a Tree, which has been shown in various thetres around Barcelona. She is the director of the social film project Videovalores, in which Obra Social "la Caixa" collaborated alongside numerous Spanish film and cultural institutions: Filmoteca of Catalunya, Filmoteca of España, CCCB, Filmets Badalona Film Festival, Cinemes Girona, etc. Carolina is currently writing an original film script based on her play The Story of a Tree.


Prizes Lessons for Zafirah

2013. Best Documentary, Latin American Film Festival van Vlaanderen, Belgium
2013. Human Rights Prize, Latin American Film Festival van Vlaanderen, Belgium
2011. Best Film, Mexico Today, FICUNAM, Mexico

2012. Best International Documentary (3rd prize), Cine Pobre Festival, Cuba
2012. Best Film, Young Jury Award, Anûû-rû âboro, New Caledonia
2011. Honorary Mention, Best Mexican Documentary, DocsDF, Mexico
2011. Honorary Mention, Best Mexican Documentary, Puebla Film Festival, Mexico
2011. Honorary Mention, Best Mexican Documentary, José Rovirosa Prize, Mexico


Prizes The Colour of Olives

2008. Special Mention, Cine Pobre Festival, Cuba
2008. Honorary Mention, Todas las Voces Contra el Silencio, Mexico
2007. Special Mention, Cancún Riviera Maya Film Festival, Mexico
2007. Best Direction Documentary, Golden Minbar, Russia
2007. Artistic Vision, Big Sky Documentary Festival, USA
2006. Courage in Filmmaking, Women Film Critics Circle Awards, USA
2006. Special Mention Sound, Docúpolis, Spain


Prizes Zona Cero

2004.
Best Fiction Film, Tampere, Finland
2004. Best International Direction, José Zuba Jr., Belo Horizonte, Brazil
2004. Critics' Prize, José Zuba Jr., Belo Horizonte, Brazil
2004. Special Mention, Festival de Cine Independiente L’Alternativa, Spain
2004. Nomination ARIEL, Academia de Artes y Ciencias Cinematográficas, Mexico
2003. Official Selection, Festival de Cannes, France
2003. Best Film of the Festival, Latino Alucine, Canada
2003. 2nd Place Fiction, Este Corto Sí Se Ve, Mexico


Prizes Life Ends Apruptly

2000. First Place, Comunicosfera Festival de Interdisciplinario de Comunicación
1999. Special Mention, El Hábito Festival de Cortometraje



DAOUD SARHANDI
Producer, Director, Photographer, Editor



Born in London, 1962, he studied Film and Photography in London between 1982-1985. He later worked as an editor of documentaries for Channel Four Television and the BBC.

Sarhandi is now a multidisciplinary filmmaker: he is a producer, director, screenwriter, editor, photographer and sound designer; he composed music for the film Lessons for Zafirah, and was art director on the film 1 for 1.

He is also a writer: his book Evil Does Not Live Here: Posters from the Bosnian War was published in New York and London (2001). Daoud moved to Mexico in 2002, where he wrote for Eye, a London-based visual communication journal. In Mexico he published texts in Processo, Tinta Seca and La Jornada.

He is CEO and founding member of the production company Creadores Contemporáneos, founded in Mexico in 2008 in collaboration with Carolina Rivas. He is editor and designer of the book Film Step by Step: The Methodology of Self-knowledge (Carolina Rivas), published by Creadores Contemporáneos in 2010.

He is a producer, editor and photographer of the documentary The Colour of Olives (Carolina Rivas, Mexico- Palestine,  2006, 97 min.); producer, co-director (with Carolina Rivas ), photographer and editor of the documentary Lessons for Zafirah (Mexico, 2011, 75 min.); producer, co-director and co-writer (with Carolina Rivas), art director, photographer and editor of the feature film 1 for 1 (Mexico- Spain, 2013, 97 min.).

Daoud currently lives in Barcelona, where he teaches film editing at
La Casa del Cine. In 2015 Daoud collaborated with Carolina Rivas in the social film project Videovalores, a project supported by Obra Social "la Caixa". He also collaborated in La historia de un árbol, written and directed by Rivas from an original idea by Sarhandi.

Prizes Lessons for Zafirah

2013. Best Documentary, Latin American Film Festival van Vlaanderen, Belgium
2013. Human Rights Prize, Latin American Film Festival van Vlaanderen, Belgium
2011. Best Film, Mexico Today, FICUNAM, Mexico

2012. Best International Documentary (3rd prize), Cine Pobre Festival, Cuba
2012. Best Film, Young Jury Award, Anûû-rû âboro, New Caledonia
2011. Honorary Mention, Best Mexican Documentary, DocsDF, Mexico
2011. Honorary Mention, Best Mexican Documentary, Puebla Film Festival, Mexico
2011. Honorary Mention, Best Mexican Documentary, José Rovirosa Prize, Mexico


Prizes The Colour of Olives

2008. Special Mention, Cine Pobre Festival, Cuba
2008. Honorary Mention, Todas las Voces Contra el Silencio, Mexico
2007. Special Mention, Cancún Riviera Maya Film Festival, Mexico
2007. Best Direction Documentary, Golden Minbar, Russia
2007. Artistic Vision, Big Sky Documentary Festival, USA
2006. Courage in Filmmaking, Women Film Critics Circle Awards, USA
2006. Special Mention Sound, Docúpolis, Spain