About Us

Close Up is a training, development, and mentorship program for documentary filmmakers from
Southwest Asia and North Africa.

Positioned at the intersection of arts, media, social change, and peace-building, Close Up is the only initiative of its kind in the region, creating a transformational experience for emerging filmmakers, coming from diverse ethnic, religious, cultural, and political backgrounds, including Afghanistan, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Egypt, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Yemen.

Close Up was founded as a non-profit organization in Brussels, Belgium by five independent partners who collectively believe that working with emerging filmmakers from our region is essential to creating and maintaining cultural awareness and protecting our future. The partners include: Sigal Yehuda, Ahmet Boyacioglu, Bruni Burres, John Appel and Vincent Melilli.

Our Program

We support filmmakers in developing and creating compelling documentaries that illuminate the social and political realities of our complex and ever-changing region.

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2 days ago
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Congratulations on the world premiere of "No Other Land" at the Berlinale!

We could not be prouder of the filmmakers and directors of "No Other Land," Close Up Alumni cohort 2020-2021: Basel Adra, Hamdan Ballal, Yuval Abraham, Rachel Szor, on this fantastic achievement!

Synopsis of the film: For the past ten years, Basel, a young Palestinian activist, has been filming his community being destroyed by Israeli soldiers. During the darkest year of his life, he develops an unlikely relationship with a similarly aged Israeli journalist—who wants to join his struggle.

The screening took place at the Kino International film theater in Berlin. We're proud to say that the cinema with 551 seats was packed and sold out! The energy was high, and the screening was powerful, leaving an emotional and intense impact on the audience! We're proud to acknowledge that this was the longest-standing ovation CU has witnessed!

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Congratulations on the world premiere of No Other Land at the Berlinale!

We could not be prouder of the filmmakers and directors of No Other Land, Close Up Alumni cohort 2020-2021: Basel Adra, Hamdan Ballal, Yuval Abraham, Rachel Szor, on this fantastic achievement!

Synopsis of the film: For the past ten years, Basel, a young Palestinian activist, has been filming his community being destroyed by Israeli soldiers. During the darkest year of his life, he develops an unlikely relationship with a similarly aged Israeli journalist—who wants to join his struggle.

The screening took place at the Kino International film theater in Berlin. Were proud to say that the cinema with 551 seats was packed and sold out! The energy was high, and the screening was powerful, leaving an emotional and intense impact on the audience! Were proud to acknowledge that this was the longest-standing ovation CU has witnessed!

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