Pary El-Qalqili is a writer and director based in Berlin. She studied Cultural Sciences at the European University Viadrina before beginning her Film Directing Studies at the University of Television and Film Munich. Her first feature film, SCHILDKRÖTENWUT, received several awards with international film festivals. Her short film NACHBARN, co-directed with Christiane Schmidt, was nominated for the Award of the German Film Critic. She was a member of the selection commitee of the Duisburg Filmweek as well as the female artist programme film/video of the City of Berlin.

She co-founded along with Biene Pilavci the initiative #nichtmeintatort.

In addition to her work as a director, she co-curated "After The Last Sky. A festival transgressing boundaries of Palestinian life and identity", the first interdisciplinary festival of contemporary Palestinian art at Ballhaus Naunynstrasse. She offers lectures and workshops in film for youth as well as dramaturgic advice for documentary films. Pary is based at Künstlerhof Lietzow 12.


Still I Rise | Feature Film in Development
2018       Neighbours | Co-directed and Produced with Christiane Schmidt | 32 min
Zooland | Writer, Director, Cinematography, Producer | 26 min
2015       Human Resource | Concept, Production | 12 min

2015       Return To Life | Concept, Production, 2 Channel Video Installation | 5:30 min
2012       The Turtle´s Rage | Writer, Director, with Co-Writer
 Silvia Wolkan | 70 min
2009      The Calm Before The Storm | Writer, Director, Editor, 15 min
2008      Angstkommen | Concept, Director | 1 min
2007      Josip | Writer, Director, Editor | 7 min


Bursaries and Funding
2019        La Scam, Brouillon d´un reve, France | Still I Rise
2019        FFA/CNC Development fund, Germany | Still I Rise
2018        Fritt Ord Fund, Norway, Development Fund | Still I Rise
2016        Artist Programme Film/Video of the City of Berlin
2016        Gerd Ruge Scholarship | Filmfund NRW | Neighbours
2014        Grenzgänger Scholarship I Robert Bosch Foundation
2014        Berlin-Scholarship I Academy of Arts | Berlin

2018        Nomination for the German Critics Film Award | Neighbours
2014        Best Director I The Turtle´s Rage I Europe-Orient Documentary Festival Assilah, Morocco
2013        Special Jury Award I The Turtle´s Rage I Euganea Film Festival, Italy
2013        Al Jazeera Golden Award I The Turtle´s Rage I Al Jazeera Documentary Festival, Qatar
2012        Newcomer Award I The Turtle´s Rage I Duisburg Filmweek, Germany
2012        Audience Award I The Turtle´s Rage I Duisburg Filmweek, Germany
2012        Best Film  I Muhr Arab Documentary Competition I The Turtle´s Rage I Dubai International Film Festival, V.A.E
2012        Best Documentary I The Turtle´s Rage I Asiaticafilmmediale Rom, Italy
2012        Regard Neuf I Newcomer Award I The Turtle´s Rage I Visions du Réel, Switzerland
2009       Starter Film Award I The Calm before the Storm I 
 City of Munich I Germany

Jury / Selection Commitee

2020              Jury member of dokka Documentary Festival Karlsruhe

2018/2017    Member of the Selection Commitee of the female artist programme of the City of Berlin
2015/2014    Member of the Selection Commitee of Duisburg Filmweek
2012               Jury Member of the Freedom Award at Berlinale
2010              Jury Member of the Starter Film Award of the City of Munich


Pary works with a core team of cinematographers, writers, editors and sound artists:

Aline László, Teresa Kuhn, Christiane Schmidt, Lena Hatebur, Ulrike Tortora, Silvia Wolkan, Azadeh Zandieh, Biene Pilavci

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