Keren Yedaya

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Keren Yedaya
United States
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter

Keren Yedaya (Hebrew: קרן ידעיה‎; born in 1972) is an Israeli filmmaker. She was born in the United States, but her family moved to Israel in 1975 when she was just three.[1] She trained at the Camera Obscura School of Art in Tel Aviv.


Yedaya is known as a political activist for feminism and women's rights and takes part in protests against Israeli military presence in the West Bank. Her films are reflections of her political activism. She started her career making short films Elinor in 1994 about the tribulations of an Israeli female conscript to the Army, whereas Lulu in 1998 tackles prostitution in Israel. Based on these works, French producer Emmanuel Agneray invited her to France where she shot her third short film Les dessous (in English title Underwear), about a Parisian lingerie and women's wear store.

In 2001, she received from the Montpelier Mediterranean Film Festival financial support for developing a long feature film. The result was her first long feature Or (My Treasure)[2][3] in 2004 and it won the Caméra d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Her follow-up features is Jaffa in 2009, also screened at the Cannes Film Festival.

Her 2014 film That Lovely Girl was selected to compete in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.[4]




  • 2001: Les dessous
  • 2004: Or (My Treasure)
  • 2009: Jaffa (2009)



  1. ^ Cinefil: Biography of Keren Yedaya (in French)
  2. ^ Ohad Landesman on Reverseshot: Interview with Keren Yedaya about her new film Or (My Treasure)
  3. ^ KIno interview with Keren Yedaya on her film Or Archived 2011-06-09 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "2014 Official Selection". Cannes. Retrieved 13 May 2014.

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