Eyal Sivan

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Eyal Sivan
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Eyal Sivan in 2014
Born9 September 1964
Haifa, Israel
ResidenceParis, France
Spouse(s)Armelle Laborie

Eyal Sivan (Hebrew: אייל סיון) is an Israeli documentary filmmaker, theoretician and scholar based in Paris, France.

Early life[edit]

Eyal Sivan is a Filmmaker, Writer and theoretician born in 1964 in Haifa, Israel; raised in Jerusalem; and based in Europe since 1985.

As a teenager, Sivan abandoned formal education to dedicate himself to his hobbies, which were photography and political activism.


After working as a professional commercial photographer in Tel Aviv, he left Israel in 1985 and settled in Paris. He now splits his time between Europe and Israel. Known for his controversial films,[citation needed] Sivan has produced and directed more than a dozen political documentaries. Common State (2012), Jaffa (2009) and Route 181 (2003) won awards at various festivals.[citation needed]

Sivan's films are regularly exhibited in art exhibitions including Documenta, Manifesta and ICP New York. His work touches on such themes as the representation of political crime; the political use of memory; the ethics of documentary filmmaking; and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

He is the founder and artistic director of the Paris-based documentary film company Momento ! and of the film distribution agency Scalpel. He created South Cinema Notebooks, a journal of cinema criticism published by the Sapir Academic College in Ashkelon.

Academic postings[edit]


  • 2012 Common State, Potential Conversation
  • 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
  • 2009 Fragmented memory of spectatorship. Top 10 documentary programme IDFA Amsterdam
  • 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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