In the last 22 years we managed the production of hundreds of documentary film productions in Israel, the Palestinian territories and throughout the Middle East. Among them, large international productions for the world’s leading broadcasters, such as Oliver Stone’s Persona non Grata and Ai Wei Wei’s Human Flow; flagship series such as BBC’s Empire and Sacred Wonders series, and many American, British, European, Asian and Australian documentary films.

You can see some of our work on our film gallery. Below are our own documentary productions for international broadcasters, completed in the last two decades.

Documentary film productions in Israel: our Films

2016 - THE ESSENTIAL LINK

A 80 minutes feature documentary film directed by filmmaker Yonatan Nir. The amazing and inspiring life story of Wilfrid Israel, who saved thousands of German Jews from Nazi Germany before and during World War II. The film premiered in the US and Europe in 2017.

Producers: Noam Shalev and Yonatan Nir

2011 - BEYOND THE BOUNDARIES

A 60 minutes documentary film by Yonatan Nir, following a group of injured Israeli soldiers invited to a ski vacation by the Jewish community of Aspen, Colorado. The film focuses on four soldiers' experience: from their injuries to the empowerment on the mountain.

Producer: Nina Hawn Zaler

2010 - ONE OF HIS KIND

A 74 minutes documentary film following the life and work of the Israeli journalist Adam Baruch. The film visits the revolution in the Israeli press, generated by Adam Baruch three decades ago, and ends in the survival campaign of print press in Israel.

Director: Ron Maiberg

Producer: Noam Shalev

Broadcast: Channel 8 Israel

2009 – BAHAD 1

A five part documentary series following the Israel army’s combat officers course. The series provides a unique perspective about the IDF, the cadets and the combat officers training. For the first time ever, the Israeli army has allowed camera crews to follow one of its most prestigious establishments: Bahad 1, the IDF officers’ school.

Director: Yifat Kedar.

Series Producer: Noam Shalev

2008 – A MAGNIFICENT FAILURE

Harold Rubin, an artist and jazz musician, left his homeland South Africa after being charged with blasphemy. In 1963 Rubin left Johannesburg and moved to Tel Aviv Israel, where he became an artist and a well known jazz musician. “Magnificent Failure” follows Rubin’s journey back to Johannesburg 44 years after his hasty departure.

Director: Jasmine Kainy

Broadcast: Channel 2, Israel

2006 – MUNICH OPERATION BAYONET

The real story of the Israeli Mossad’s “Bayonet” unit, responsible for Israel’s retaliation against the Black September terrorist organization, following the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre.
The film revisits the scenes of the operations with the Mossad agents responsible.

Director: Ron Maiberg Producer: Noam Shalev

Broadcast: BBC, Channel 2 Israel, VRT Belgium, DR Denmark, TV3 Spain, Star China, MBC Middle East, Canal Sur Spain, Vara Netherlands and others…

2005 – AL JISR

A moving account of the lives of the residents of Jisr E-Zarqa in their daily struggle against poverty and discrimination. The film centers on a group of young, single women, trying to lead their village to a better life… Hampered by their own traditions, family hierarchy, and the simple fact of being women, they battle against the forces that threaten to overwhelm them.

Director: Ebtisam Marana

Broadcast: Channel 2 Israel

2005 – THE LAST STAND

A unique perspective of the Israeli disengagement from the Gaza Strip settlements. For eighteen months, the BBC filming crew was given unrestricted exclusive access into the secret planning and execution of the resistance to the disengagement.
On the last day, one family with supporters have barricaded on the roof, refusing to leave their homes.

Director: Noam Shalev

Broadcast: BBC, Channel 8 Israel.

2004 – ZAKA – LIVING WITH DEATH

Their mission: to collect every piece of flesh every scrap of hair, left after a suicide bombing. Always on call, their beepers vibrate seconds after the disaster. They believe in providing the Jewish act of true grace – A respectful burial for all human remains. They are the ZAKA volunteers…We followed them through three years of suicide bombings.

Director: Noam Shalev

Broadcast: YES Israel, Canal + Europe, PBS

2004 – IRAQ MEDIA WAR

Follows the journalists, reporters, producers and cameramen who follow the war. As the American, British and coalition troops cross the Iraqi border, thousands of journalists spread into Iraq and neighbouring countries… Some were embedded with military units, others tried it on their own.

Broadcast: France 2, TSR

2003 – SHOOTING CONFLICTS

A seven year sequel for the award-winning documentary Primetime War: back to cameramen Alon Bernstein and Jimmy Michael as they film terrorist attacks, military occupation, aftermaths of suicide bombings and peace initiatives…
Has anything changed?

Director: Noam Shalev

Broadcast: Discovery-Times (US), Arte, Canal+ (Scandinavia), Odissea (Spain)

2003 – BOOTCAMP

Bootcamp follows National Geographic Television presenter Steve Backshall as he undergoes two physically extreme field exercises with the Israeli Defense Force: an 80km walk to Jerusalem, and skiing with the IDF Alpinists unit volunteers... And almost not surviving the challenges.

Broadcast: National Geographic Channel

Highlight Films Israel

2003 – FACING THE DRAGON

The Last Dragon tells the adventure of a group of Israeli rafters facing an almost impossible challenge:

to descend one of the most notorious stretches of the mighty Yangtze river in China: the ‘Great Bend’.

Producer: Noam Shalev
Broadcast: National Geographic Channel

2002 – BATTLE OF JENIN

The battle of Jenin is one of the memorable events 2002 round of violence. The testimonies describe the Israeli army units trying to take over the refugee camp from Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Fatah militants. As the troops advance into the camp, they realize the enemy already waits for them.

Broadcast: Vera, YES Israel.

2002 – PRIMETIME WAR II

Primetime War II follows the cameramen to a real war. A war in which cameramen are killed and injured.
Following Primetime War (1998), this film takes place in the height of the suicide bombings in Jerusalem in 2002.

Producers: Noam Shalev and Yosi Leon

Director: Noam Shalev

Broadcast: Arte, ZDF

2001 – ECSTASY

Ecstasy tells the story of 6 unique religious ceremonies, taking place among various religious groups in Israel and the Palestinian territories. Ecstasy follows several beliefs and religions: Christians, Muslims, Jews and Samaritans – as they celebrate unique, fascinating religious ceremonies.

Broadcast: National Geographic Channel

Highlight Films documentary film Israel

2001 – MORE WEDDINGS AND ANOTHER FUNERAL

Five traditional wedding ceremonies and one funeral, all reflective of Jewish, Muslim, Druze and Samaritan, each with its own unique characteristics… Series presenter Hakeem Kae-Kazim visits four weddings and one funeral in the Holy Land.

Broadcast: National Geographic Channel

2000 – JOURNEY TO JERUSALEM

A modern day story about one man’s true dedication to a cause: bringing Christians and Jews together, and trying to build a better world… The film tells the story of 19 years on the road, to make one dream come true.

Director: Noam Shalev

Producer: Sarit Danziger

Broadcast: National Geographic Channel

1999 – BETWEEN THE LINES

Between the Lines is the story of the Israeli journalist Amira Hass, who chose to live among the Palestinian people rather than in Israel. The film is an exceptional story about a devoted journalist in the midst of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Director: Yifat Kedar

Producers: Noam Shalev and Yosi Leon - Freedom of Spirit Award, 2001

Broadcast: Channel 8 Israel, DR-TV.

1998 – PRIMETIME WAR

Primetime War follows the work of two cameramen who cover the events in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. – First prize in the international competition of Actual Awards, 1998 – The Humanitarian Award, Tiburon Film Festival

Director: Noam Shalev

Producers: Noam Shalev and Yosi Leon

Broadcast: Channel 4 (UK), Multicanal, France 2, TV 3 Catalonia, NHK, VRT, DR-TV, TSR, PBS, CBC