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.
2012 Common State, potential conversation  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
2007 Citizens K, the twin brothers 54 minutes, colour, Video.
2005 Faces of the Fallen 52 minutes, colour, Video.
1991 Israland58 minutes, colour, video.
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 (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.
COMMON STATE, Potential Conversation  (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...
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 (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.
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.
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 (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".