Jean-Bernard Menoud

Born in Bulle, France. Graduated from the Vevey School of Photography in Switzerland. Worked as an assistant and later as director of photography for several of Jean-Luc-Godard’s feature films. As a cameraman and then director at Radio Télévision Suisse since 1977, he has made more than 70 reports for the television program Temps Présent.


Fateme Gosheh

Born in Iran, studied photography and film at the Institute for Culture and Art (Farhang and Hons), Cinema Azad in Lorestan, Iran. She has also studied art in Iran. Her documentary film “The integration of veil” has been featured at many film festivals, including the Göteborg Film Festival and the New York Film Festival. Her art exhibition “A Muslim Woman – Dreams and Nightmares” was shown at the Liljevalchs konsthall in 2002 and attracted much attention in the media with paintings that pictures women in a fundamentalist society. The art gallery and the artist were reported to the police. This caused a major discussion of the situation of women in the Islamic world. The documentary film “Dance below white sheets” is about her artistry. Her art has been exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, etc.

Steven Artels

Steven Artels was born in Tanzania in 1966. When he was 1 year old, his Belgian parents moved to Geneva, where he was naturalized as a teenager. After obtaining his higher education entrance qualifications (scientific section), he studied history and journalism, but his interest soon turned towards the theater and cinema.
After three years of studies at INSAS (Institut National Supérieur des Arts du Spectacle) in Brussels, he joined the Swiss-French television channel (then RTS), where he worked as a film director for several broadcasts. In 2003, he became one of the producers of the information magazine “Temps Présent”, and then, in 2009, he joined the production team for the discovery and travel programme “Passe-moiles jumelles” (Hand me the binoculars). In 2012, he returned to filmmaking by joining the “Temps Présent”team, where he is still working.
Among the films he made for RTS, “Tchernobyl, ma centrale bien-aimée” won the first prize at the international festival of reports of current affairs (FIGRA) in Le Touquet in 1996; “GIs, cauchemar d’Irak” obtained the Premis Actual Award in Barcelona in 2005 and an honourable mention at the Caméra Obscura Festival in Poland.

Adi Ornai

Born in Israel. Graduate student from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, film and video department. During her third year of studying, she studied at Emily Carr University of Art in Vancouver, Canada, as part of the exchange program.  “Fighting Sand Castles” is her graduate film.

Hila Mutayn

Born in Israel. Graduate student from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, animation department. During her third year of studying, she studied at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, LA, as part of the exchange program. Her previous film “Wild-Man” was shown in many festivals and is an award winning film. “Fighting Sand Castles” is her graduate film.

Alexandre Stern

He graduated with a BA in the arts and then worked in the social and educational fields. In 2007, after an internship as a film director, he was hired by RTS for the broadcasts of Temps Présent, ABE, Classe éco and Dolce Vita. After more than five years of film direction and then production for the societal, ethical and religious magazines of RTS, he joined the Temps Présent team on a full-time basis.

Rudi Uran

Born in Ljubljana. After finishing the Designers school in Ljubljana in 1980, he entered the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana where he graduated in 1985. He is a member of Slovenian Fine Artists Society and a member of The Directors Guild of Slovenia. He works as a film director and designer.

Zayne Akyol

Zaynê Akyol is an award-winning filmmaker of Kurdish origin who was born in Turkey and raised in Quebec. She studied at the Université du Québec à Montréal, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Communications, concentrating on film. In 2009, Akyol produced her first short documentary, Isminaz, which won the Jury Prize in the Radio-Canada International Roots competition. Akyol completed her degree by winning the René Malo Chair/National Film Board of Canada award for most promising documentary filmmaker. In 2010, she followed up with her medium-length documentary, Iki Bulut Arasinda (Under Two Skies), which won the Jury and People’s Choice awards at the Festival Vidéastes Recherché(e)s, as well as the Vox award at the Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois festival before touring the international festival circuit. Exile, immigration and expectation are at the heart of Akyol’s first film essays, which alternate between Quebec and Turkey.

Balancing practice with theory, Akyol is currently completing her master’s degree in Communications, concentrating on “film and moving images.” Her research focuses on creative and relational issues in documentary film, which she frequently encounters in her own filmmaking efforts. As part of her research, Akyol is producing a memoir entitled Shared Relation and Creation in Documentary Filmmaking. In 2012, Akyol devoted herself to writing her first feature documentary, Land of the Roses: My Name Is Gülistan, whose script-in-progress was selected from among 4,400 projects for the Doc Station (Berlinale Talents) at the Berlin International Film Festival. The film is now being released as Gulîstan, Land of Roses. With this highly personal look at the daily lives of women fighting in the ranks of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) against ISIS, Akyol addresses some of the political issues she occasionally lectures on. Akyol says this allows her to not only stay connected to her Kurdish roots but to also contemplate the state of the world at a time of increasingly global conflicts. The film is a co-production between Canada and Germany.

Isabelle Ingold

She is a freelance editor and graduated from La Femis in the editing department. Since then, she has worked with directors as different as Amos Gitai, Vincent Dieutre, Vivianne Perelmuter, Toshi Fujiwara, Barmak Akram, Bojena Horackova, Itvan Kebadian, Renaud Cohen, Jean-Charles Massera. The features and docs she edited were selected in festivals such as: Venise, Cannes, Toronto, Berlinale, Sundance, Locarno, Lussas, Cinéma du Réel, Nyon.