Eyal Sivan

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Eyal Sivan
Born 9 September 1964
Haifa, Israel-Palestine
Residence Paris France
Occupation Filmmaker
Spouse(s) Armelle Laborie

Eyal Sivan is a documentary filmmaker, theoretician and scholar based in Paris, France.


Eyal Sivan is a photographic practician and theoretician born in 1964 in Haifa, Israel, raised in Jerusalem, and based in Paris.

As a teenager Sivan abandoned formal education to dedicate himself to his hobbies, still photography and political activism. After practicing as a professional commercial photographer in Tel-Aviv, he left Israel in 1985 and settled in Paris. Since then he has shared his time between Europe and Israel. Known for his controversial films, Sivan has directed more than a dozen political documentaries that have been acclaimed worldwide and granted awards, and produced many others. (Common State 2012, Jaffa 2009, Route 181 2003, The Specialist 1999, Izkor 1990...). His cinematographic work has been shown and awarded various prizes in prestigious festivals. (Berlinal, Cinema du Reel, IDFA, TIFF Toronto, VDR Nyon, Yamagata...). Besides worldwide theatrical releases and TV broadcasts (ARTE, BBC, CANAL+ CBC, France Television, NHK, RAI, WDR, ZDF...), Sivan's films are regularly exhibited in major art shows around the world. (Documenta, Manifesta, ICP NY, BDF HKW...)

Sivan has published, lectured and programmed events on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, documentary filmmaking and ethics, political crimes and representation, the political use of memory, genocide and perpetrators representation etc. (AA, Goldsmiths College, SOAS, NFTA, NABA, UCLA,...).

Eyal Sivan is the founder and artistic director of the Paris-based documentary film production company Momento! and of the film distribution agency Scalpel. He founded and was the first editor-in-chief of South Cinema Notebooks, a journal of cinema and political criticism published by the Sapir Academic College in Israel, where Sivan holds a graduate seminar.

In recent years Sivan has been co-leader of the MA program in Film, Video and New Media as Associate Professor in Media Production at the University of East London's (UEL) School of Arts and Digital Industries (ADI). Currently Sivan is an honorary fellow at the European Centre for Palestine Studies at the University of Exeter, UK, and a visiting professor at the Netherlands Film Academy (NFA) in Amsterdam, the Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (NABA) in Milan, and the School of Sound and Visual Arts at Sapir Academic College in Israel. Sivan is a member of the editorial board of the Paris-based publishing house La Fabrique, publisher of his last book: Common State: Between Jordan River and the Sea (with Eric Hazan, 2012).


  • 2012 Common State, Potential Conversation [1]
  • 2009 Jaffa, the Orange's Clockwork
  • 2007 Citizens K, the Twin Brothers
  • 2005 Faces of the Fallen
  • 2004 I Love You All / Aus Liebe Zum Volk (co-directed with Audrey Maurion)
  • 2003 Route 181, Fragments of a Journey in Palestine-Israel (co-directed with Michel Khleifi)
  • 2001 On the Top of the Descent
  • 1999 The Specialist, Portrait of a Modern Criminal
  • 1997 Burundi, under Terror
  • 1996 Itsembatsemba, Rwanda One Genocide Later
  • 1995 Aqabat-Jaber, Peace with no Return?
  • 1994 Jerusalem(s), Borderline Syndrome
  • 1993 Itgaber, He Will Overcome - Conversations with Yeshayahou Lebowitz
  • 1991 Israland
  • 1990 Izkor, Slaves of Memory
  • 1987 Aqabat-Jaber, Passing Through

Other visual works[edit]

  • 2012 Towards a common archive, testimonies of Zionist veterans of 1948. Multi screens video show.
  • 2012 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 Amsterdam [1]
  • 2008 Happy birthdays, towards a common archive - fragment 1. Multi screens video Installation
  • 2001 Scalpel / Skalpel. (concept & artistic director) TV magazine for ARTE
  • 1994 Jerusalem, Jerusalems. Conception and direction of a Theme evening for ARTE
  • 1988 Progressive list for Peace. TV spots


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