Impulso Morelia 3 Jury
The international jury who will grant Impulso Morelia 3 award will be comprised by:
Independent film and visual arts curator and writer, working and living in Beirut, Lebanon. She began her career working at the Théâtre de Beyrouth, a multi-disciplinary performance and exhibition space in Beirut (1992-1995). She co-curated several film programs, such as “The Road to Damascus”, with Richard Peña, a retrospective of Syrian cinema that toured worldwide (2006-2008); “The Calm Before the Storm, a Retrospective of Lebanese Cinema”, also with Richard Peña and presented at Lincoln Center (2009); and “Mapping Subjectivity: Experimentation in Arab Cinema from the 1960s until Now”, with Jytte Jensen (2010-2012), showcased at the MoMA in New York. Salti has collaborated with different festivals as a programmer, including the Abu Dhabi International Film Festival (2009-2010), and the Toronto International Film Festival (2011-2015). She has also curated film programs for the Musée Jeu de Paume (2012, 2013 and 2015) in Paris and the Tate Modern in London (2011). At present she is the commissioning editor for La Lucarne, the experimental documentary program for Arté France.
Richard Peña was the Program Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Director of the New York Film Festival from 1988 until 2012. At the Film Society, Richard Peña organized retrospectives of many film artists, including Michelangelo Antonioni, Sacha Guitry, Abbas Kiarostami, King Hu, Robert Aldrich, Roberto Gavaldón, Ritwik Ghatak, Kira Muratova, Fei Mu, Jean Eustache, Youssef Chahine, Yasujiro Ozu, Carlos Saura and Amitabh Bachchan, as well as major film series devoted to African, Israeli, Cuban, Polish, Hungarian, Chinese, Arab, Korean, Swedish, Turkish, Taiwanese and Argentine cinema. Together with Unifrance, he created in 1995 “Rendez-Vous with French Cinema,” the leading American showcase for new French cinema. A frequent lecturer on film internationally, he is a Professor of Film Studies at Columbia University, where he specializes in film theory and international cinema. In 2015-2016 he was a Visiting Professor in Film Studies at Harvard University, and in June, 2016, gave a seminar on Cuban cinema at Beijing University. He also currently hosts WNET/Channel 13’s weekly Reel 13.
Born in France into a family of film lovers, he was still a child when he discovered his lifelong passion. His adolescence was marked by his efforts to avoid math classes and go to the movies more often, especially to see old films by the likes of Howard Hawks, John Ford, Akira Kurosawa, Alfred Hitchcock, Ernst Lubitsch and Stanley Donen. After pursuing higher studies in economics and law, neither of any relevance to his future, he returned to his first love as the manager of a small movie theater in the Paris suburbs. He then went on to spend 26 years as a film critic for the important Paris-based newspaper Liberation. In 2007 he became the director of Switzerland’s Fribourg Film Festival, dedicated to films from underrepresented countries. In 2011, the SRF (Société des Réalisateurs de Films, the union of French filmmakers) elected him as director of the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes Film Festival.