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Yosef Baraki

Yosef Baraki (born 10 November 1989) is a Canadian filmmaker.

From an early age, Yosef’s exposure to filmmakers like Abbas Kiarostami and the Dardenne brothers gave him the understanding that subject matter in cinema does not have to be driven by entertainment, but also by realistic portraits of a particular society and culture.

Following his studies in Film Production & Philosophy at Toronto’s York University and Humber College, Yosef wrote and directed his fifth short film Der Kandidat, recipient of the prestigious Norman McLaren Award at the Montreal World Film Festival in 2013 and the Best International Short Film Award at the Afghanistan Human Rights Film Festival.

Serving as writer, director, cinematographer and camera operator, Yosef spent 19 days shooting Mina Walking with non-professional actors and heavy improvisation in the busiest of Kabul’s environments. The result is a loose narrative about Afghanistan’s youth issues and an intimate portrait of seven days in the life of a young girl and her family. Mina Walking was selected to have its world premiere at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival where it was screened for 4,000 people over a period of 4 days. It was nominated for a Crystal Bear, Best Frist Feature Award, and the Amnesty Film Prize. 

 

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Andrew Korogyi

Andrew Korogyi (born 9 April 1985) is a Canadian producer.

Korogyi met Yosef Baraki at Humber College where he Produced Der Kandidat, written and directed by Baraki. Among its multiple accolades, Der Kandidat won the Norman McLaren Award for best student film at the Montreal World Film Festival.

Korogyi worked as a Producer for the Toronto based Film and Television Production Company Fifth Ground Entertainment. There he has Produced a documentary short titled We Need a Hero, directed by Actress Michelle Nolden and Associate Produced A Man’s World, also directed by Nolden. He also worked as a Production Coordinator on the TMN / Movie Central Docu-Series Reelside.

Yearly, Korogyi participates in the Lakeshorts Future Filmmaker’s Intensive (LFFI) where he mentors young film students on the intricacies of filmmaking. To date, he has aided in producing Flaked and Private Eye.

Korogyi and Baraki team up again for their first feature Mina Walking, written, directed and shot by Yosef Baraki in Kabul, Afghanistan. Baraki and Korogyi spent six months editing the film ahead of its world premiere at the 65th Berlinale.

Andrew holds a Film and Television Production Diploma from Humber College’s North Campus and a Film and Media Degree from Humber College’s South Campus.