Zippi Brand Frank was born in Tel Aviv, and studied at the Sorbonne in Paris before receiving a B.A. in law and journalism from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Prior to her Documentary career, Brand Frank spent 9 years as a political reporter, investigative journalist, editorialist, and anchor news producer for Channel 10 and Channel 2 on Israeli TV. In 2005-2006, she attended Harvard University under a Nieman Foundation Fellowship, where she began researching pregnancy and birth outsourcing. Brand Frank produced her first documentary work in 2001 with the six part series She is in the army now. The film is an unusually intimate glimpse inside the Israeli Defense Forces, and at the conflicted role of women in the military. In 2003 she directed and produced an eight part series titled Somebody to love, which followed single 30-something women and men looking for mature love during a particularly turbulent period in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Two years later she filmed the eight chapter series Wake up call, which explored the drive of exceptionally motivated people. The series included episodes ranging from a working class man’s passionate quest to become a millionaire, to the obsessions of a group of religious zealots determined to rebuild Jerusalem’s holy temple.
She is married and has 2 daughters.
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