She graduated from the University of Paris and the Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris. She was a researcher for Time, Newsweek, and ABC Television. She moved to public television, producing films. In the mid-1970s, Bikel moved to her native Israel and produced more than 15 films. She returned to the U.S. in 1977.
Her documentary films intersperse long interviews with sharp, silent, moments.
- 2007 John Chancellor Award
- 2003 The Hillman Prize
- 2002 Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award
- 2002 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award
- 2002 Emmy Award Outstanding Investigative Journalism—Long Form
- 2000 NACDL Champion Of Justice Award
- 1994 Grand Prize at the Banff World Television Festival
- The Confessions, 2010
- Close to Home, 2009
- The Hugo Chávez Show, November 2008
- When Kids Get Life, 2007
- The Unexpected Candidate, March 2006
- The O.J. Verdict (2005)
- Requiem for Frank Lee Smith (2002)
- Saving Elian (2001)
- The Case for Innocence, January 2000
- Snitch (1999)
- The Search for Satan (1995)
- Divided Memories (1995)
- Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill: Public Hearing, Private Pain (1992)
- Poland—The Morning After (1990)
- American Games, Japanese Rules (1988)
- Israel: The Price of Victory (1987)
- The Russians Are Here (1983)
- Innocence Lost: The Plea (1997)
- Innocence Lost: The Verdict (1993)
- Innocence Lost (1991)
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