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Documentary

Documentary Film Production in Israel

In the last 22 years we managed the production of hundreds of documentary productions in Israel, the Palestinian territories and throughout the Middle East: from large international productions for the world’s leading broadcasters, such as Oliver Stone’s Persona non Grata and Ai Wei Wei’s Human Flow, to 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.

2016 - THE ESSENTIAL LINK

A 80 minutes feature documentary film directed by 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 will premiere in the US and Europe in 2017

Producers: Noam Shalev and Yonatan Nir

2011 - BEYOND THE BOUNDARIES

A 60 minutes documentary film directed by Yonatan Nir.
The film follows a group of injured Israeli soldiers invited to a ski vacation by the Jewish community of Aspen, Colorado.
The film focuses on four of the soldiers and their personal experiences, from their injuries to their 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 journalist Adam Baruch, who died in 2008. 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. The series follows the trails and tribulations of young cadets as they train to become officers in one of the best armies in the world.

Director: Yifat Kedar.

Series Producer: Noam Shalev

2008 – A MAGNIFICENT FAILURE

The story of Harold Rubin, the artist and jazz musician who left his homeland South Africa after being charged with blasphemy for one of his paintings. In 1963 Rubin left Johannesburg, where he was born, raised and worked, and moved to Tel Aviv Israel, where he became an artist and a well known jazz musician and where he still lives today. “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 Palestinian Black September terrorist organization, following the 1972 massacre of eleven Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics. 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, desperately 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. A story of a community estranged from both Israeli and Arab society.

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.

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 in Israel.

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 the neighbouring countries… Some were embedded with military units, others tried to be on the right place 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…
And almost not surviving the challenges.

Broadcast: National Geographic Channel

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 Israelis advance into the camp, they realize their arrival has been anticipated…

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

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