(b. 1950, Haifa) studied architecture in Haifa (1971-75) and at the University of California, Berkeley (1976). While at school he began shooting experimental Super 8 films. He served in the Yom Kippur War, during which he was wounded on a helicopter rescue mission (1973). Traumatic war experiences and sociopolitical events led him to start directing documentaries and acted films. He contributed writing and production talents (on occasion also DOP) to most of his pictures – work that focuses on the still-current issues of exile, integration, racism, and the coexistence of Arab and Jewish inhabitants in various territories. Since the mid-1980s he has worked in both Israel and France. Karlovy Vary audiences first encountered his work in 2002 with Kedma, and a year later the festival presented his “golem trilogy” (Birth of a Golem, 1990;Golem: The Spirit of Exile, 1991; Golem: The Petrified Garden, 1993).
Source: Karlovy Vary Film Festival 2016