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Eyal Sivan



Born in 1964 in Haifa Israel and grow up in Jerusalem.

After exercising as a professional photographer in Tel-Aviv, he leaves Israel in 1985 and settled in Paris. Since he is sharing is time between Europe and Israel. Known for his controversial films, Sivan directed more than 10 worldwide awarded political documentaries and produced many others.

His cinematographic body of work was shown and awarded various prizes in prestigious festivals. Beside worldwide theatrical releases and TV broadcasts, Sivan's films are regularly exhibit in major art shows around the world. He publishes and lectures on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, documentary filmmaking and ethics, political crimes and representation, political use of memory, genocide and representation, etc. He is the founder and artistic director of the Paris based documentary films production company momento! and the film distribution agency Scalpel. He is the founder and Chief Editor of South Cinema Notebooks - a journal of cinema and political critic edited by the Sapir academic college in Israel where he lectures regularly. In the last years Sivan was Reader (associate professor) in media production at the school of Arts and Digital Industries (ADI), at the University of East London (UEL) were he was co-leading the MA program in Film, video and new media. presently Sivan in an Honorary Fellow at Univerty of Exeter UK, he is teaching at the Master in Film at the Netherlands Film Academy in Amsterdam and he is member of the editorial board of the Paris based publishing house La Fabrique Editions.


Documentary Films
2012 Common State, potential conversation [1] 124 minutes, colour, Video.
2009 Jaffa, the orange's clockwork 88 minutes, colour, Video.
2004 I Love You All / Aus Liebe Zum Volk (co-directed with Audrey Maurion) 98 minutes, b/w & color, 35mm.
2003 Route 181, Fragments of a Journey in Palestine-Israel (co-directed with Michel Khleifi) Documentary, 272 minutes, colour, Video.
1999 The Specialist, portrait of a modern criminal 128 minutes, b/w, 35mm.
1995 Aqabat-Jaber, Peace with no Return? 61 minutes, colour, 16mm.
1994 Jerusalem(s) , Borderline Syndrome Docu-drama, 64 minutes, colour, 16mm.
1993 Itgaber, he will Overcome 2 x 85 minutes, colour, video.
1990 Izkor, Slaves of Memory 97 minutes, colour, 16mm.
1987 Aqabat-Jaber, Passing Through 81 minutes, colour, 16mm.

Other visual media works
2012 Towards a common archive, testimonies of Zionist veterans of 1948 Multi screens video show.
2012 IssueZero : Montage Interdit Berlin Documentary Forum 2 New practices across disciplines. Haus der Kulturen der Welt www.hkw.de
2010 Documentary moments 1 : Renaissance Berlin Documentary Forum 1 New practices across disciplines. Haus der Kulturen der Welt www.hkw.de
2009 Fragmented memory of spectatorship Top 10 documentary programme IDFA International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam http://www.idfa.nl

TV Documentaries
2007 Citizens K, the twin brothers 54 minutes, colour, Video.
2005 Faces of the Fallen 52 minutes, colour, Video.
1991 Israland58 minutes, colour, video.

Short films
2001 On the Top of the Descent Fiction 32 minutes colour, Video.
1997 Burundi, under Terror Photomentary, b/w, 13 minutes, 35mm.
1996 Itsembatsemba, Rwanda one Genocide later Photomentary, b/w, 13 minutes, 35mm.


AQABAT JABER, Passing Through

AQABAT JABER, Passing Through (Orig.) / 1987 / Palestinian Territories / 86 min

Aqabat-Jaber is one of the sixty Palestinian refugee camps built in the Middle East by the UN at the beginning of the 1950s. Filmed in 1987, a few months before the Intifada, this film tells the story of a disinherited generation brought up in the nostalgia of places they never knew and which no longer exist. The story of a temporary solution that became a permanent way of life.



AQABAT JABER, Peace with No Return?

AQABAT JABER, Peace with No Return? (Orig.) / 1995 / Palestinian Territories / 61 min

Can peace between Israel and Palestine be possible without the return of the Palestinian refugees to their homeland which has now become Israel?



BURUNDI, Under Terror

BURUNDI, Under Terror (Orig.) / 1996 / France / 13 min

Burundi, 21st October 1993: the democratically elected President N’Dadaye is assassinated by a group of Tutsi officers.



COMMON STATE, Potential Conversation [1]

COMMON STATE, Potential Conversation [1] (Orig.) / 2012 / Israel / 123 min

Whereas the vision or the so-called solution of « two people – two States » in Palestine-Israel is dying a slow death, in the face of apocalyptical visions, an escalation of racism and an ongoing colonization and permanent repression on the part of Israel, Common State, A Potential Conversation, Eyal Sivan's new documentary film, shows a cinematographical encounter between Palestinian Arabs and Israeli Jews...




ISRALAND (Orig.) / 1991 / Israel, Palestinian Territories / 58 min

During the Gulf war, 10 km from Tel-Aviv as bombs are dropping on the city, a Luna park called Israland is being built.



ITGABER, He will Overcome

ITGABER, He will Overcome (Orig.) / 1993 / Israel / 170 min

Interviews with Professor Leibovitz, in two parts: on Science and Values and on State and Laws



ITSEMBATSEMBA, Rwanda one Genocide Later

ITSEMBATSEMBA, Rwanda one Genocide Later (Orig.) / 1997 / France / 13 min

The genocide in Rwanda (Itsembatsemba) took place amongst general indifference. On the 6th April 1994, a fury of purification swept the country. Within one hundred days, soldiers and militiamen (Interhamwe) massacred at least 700,000 Tutsis. These images were taken two years after the genocide, in April 1996.



IZKOR, Slaves of Memory 1990

IZKOR, Slaves of Memory 1990 (Orig.) / 1991 / Israel / 97 min

IZKOR, is a portrait of the Israeli society that has never been shown before, thirty days in the life of a State that lives to the rhythm of its memory. This award-winning film puts forward a passionate and severe analysis of the Hebrew state.



JAFFA, the Orange's Clockwork 2009

JAFFA, the Orange's Clockwork 2009 (Orig.) / 2009 / France, Israel / 88 min

Jaffa, the orange’s clockwork narrates the visual history of the famous citrus fruit originated from Palestine and known worldwide for centuries as "Jaffa oranges".



JERUSALEM(S), Borderline Syndrome

JERUSALEM(S), Borderline Syndrome (Orig.) / 1994 / Israel / 65 min

This iconoclastic film, midway between fiction and documentary, explores the "over-sacred" side of Jerusalem. A political gamble for its inhabitants, a myth for its visitors, Jerusalem remains a universal object of desire that borders on fetishism.



Rencontre Avec Eyal Sivan

Rencontre Avec Eyal Sivan (Orig.) / 2013 / Switzerland / 10 min

Students from ECAL meet Eyal Sivan, who ran a workshop at Visions du Réel in 2013.



ROUTE 181, Fragments of a Journay in Palestine-Israel

ROUTE 181, Fragments of a Journay in Palestine-Israel (Orig.) / 2003 / Belgium, France, Germany / 272 min

181, offers an unusual vision of the inhabitants of Palestine-Israel, a common vision of an Israeli and a Palestinian.



THE SPECIALIST, Portrait of a Modern Criminal

THE SPECIALIST, Portrait of a Modern Criminal (Orig.) / 1999 / Israel / 128 min

The incredible trial of an appallingly ordinary man. Drawn entirely on the 350 hours of rare footage recorded during the trial of Adolf Eichmann, in 1961, in Jerusalem, this film about obedience and responsibility is the portrait of an expert in problems resolving, a modern criminal. The film is inspired from the controversial book by Hannah Arendt : "Eichmann in Jerusalem, report on the banality of evil".





“My work has two strands: the first one deals with direct political images of violence, aggression and protest, mostly in Israeli-Palestinian context. It’s critique of news media, researching the complex, both realistic and surrealistic aspects of these images. The second strand of videos is more abstract and universal, dealing with cognitive, environmental and existential issues,” says the director about his works.

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- 16.1.2017 -

Charter 77

Charter 77

We commemorate the 40th anniversary of the founding of Charter 77 by presenting documentary profiles of the signatories to this important initiative of anti-communist resistance. Learn more about the context of this historical event by means of an authentic film experience.

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- 10.1.2017 -

Merry and Cinematic Christmas from DAFilms!

Merry and Cinematic Christmas from DAFilms!

A bonus subscription to DAFilms.com is a present you will never get tired of thanks to its diversity. You can get it for your close ones or just for yourself.

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