Nadia Labidi is an Algerian film producer, film director, politician. She was Minister of Culture from 5 May 2014 to May 2015, her filmmaking is "French based and French funded". Her first documentary film was Fatima Amaria in 1993 and her first feature film was The Other side of the Mirror in 2007. Labidi was born in Aïn Madhi in 1954, she studied sociology at the University of Algiers and received a Ph. D. at the Sorbonne. From 1978 until 1994, Labidi worked at the Algerian Centre for Art and the Film Industry Centre Algérien pour l'Art et l'Industrie Cinématographiques as director of production, she was a professor at the Faculty of Information Sciences and Communication of the University Algiers III before she became Minister of Culture in the Government of Algeria on 6 May 2014. In 1991, Labidi served as assistant director at the Algerian newsreel organization, Agence Nationale des Actualités Filmées. At CAAIC, she transferred her attention from production to film-making with a particular interest in docudrama.
She directed Fatima Amaria. Labidi founded the production company Procom International in 1994. For many years, Procom International was dedicated to documentaries and ensured the production of thirty programs for Algerian television. In 2002, the company expanded into fiction and feature films, which were co-produced with Algerian television and with the support of the Ministry of Culture. Fatima Amaria, made in 1993, was Labidi's first documentary film, looks at the life of a young woman in a religious community in southern Algeria, her debut feature film as director was The Other side of the Mirror. She was involved with Procom in the production of two other feature films: Women Alive with well-known director Saïd Ould Khelifa and Wounded Palms with the Tunisian director Abdllatif ben Ammar. 1993, Fatima Amaria 2007, The Other Side of the Mirror 2008, Women Alive! / Vivantes! / A'ichate 2010, Wounded Palms / Les palmiers blesses Armes, Roy. New Voices in Arab Cinema. Indiana University Press.
ISBN 978-0-253-01528-0. Hillauer, Rebecca. Encyclopedia of Arab Women Filmmakers. American University in Cairo Press. ISBN 978-977-424-943-3
Jacek Leociak is a Polish literary historian and author. He is professor of humanities and an employee of the Institute of Literary Research at the Polish Academy of Sciences and the Polish Center for Holocaust Research in Warsaw. Leociak received a Ph. D. in 1996 at the Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences with a dissertation on the Warsaw ghetto. He was awarded the title of Professor at the Academy in 2013. Since 1997, Leociak was head of the research team on Holocaust literature at the Institute of Literary Research, he joined the Polish Center for Holocaust Research at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Leociak deals with the analysis of various forms of recording and of representation of the Holocaust experience, his research interests include the narratives of victims and witnesses as well as the history of the Warsaw ghetto. Together with Barbara Engelking, he published the book The Warsaw Ghetto: A Guide to the Perished City, which first appeared in Polish in 2001.
It focuses on the Warsaw Ghetto and its four-year history. According to a review in Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies, the work is "a unique and detailed monograph that gives the reader an insight into the daily life of Jewish inhabitants of the closed district". At 800-pages, the book details "the institutional structure of the ghetto, its relations with the Nazi government, important social institutions, the economic and community life of the ghetto population," amounting to an encyclopedia. A review by the Jewish Book Council finds The Warsaw Ghetto to be an "encyclopedic and impressive work" that does not make for an easy reading, but provides a rich and comprehensive portrayal of the life and fate of the ghetto community; the Warsaw Ghetto: A Guide to the Perished City, Yale University Press, 2009