Yair Qedar (Hebrew: יאיר קדר, born June 13, 1969) is an Israeli filmmaker and a civil-rights activist.His academic training on 20th-century Hebrew literature (Tel Aviv University), propelled him into to The Hebrews — a trans media project on the Hebrew literary canon, centered on filmic portraits of the Hebrew writers. Eight documentary films were made in this framwork and six others are currently shot. The documentary films which he produced, wrote and directed are —Bialik - King of the Jews, The 5 Houses of Lea Goldberg and The Seven Tapes of Yona Wallach, 'the Awakener - the story of Y.H Brener' and 'Simple Woman -Zelda'— as well as the three films which he produced in the project - "Song of loves, Rabbi David Bouzaglo", "the Raven, Zeev Jabotinki" and "Mrs Rachel Bluestein" – aired on Israeli TV, circulated far and wide in cinematheques, community and cultural centers, in Israel and around the world (USA and Canada, Europe, Australia and Russia) earning 10 awards (2016: first prize for filmmaking in the field of Jewish culture by the ministry of Education in Israel, 2015: the Hebrews films won the prize for best television project in the Israeli Documentary competition). The project, both digital and print, offers altogether eight documentary films, a video archive and several books. In 2015-2017 He co directed and produced, with the actor Ilan Peled, the mockumentary mini series Vanished, about the disappearance of women artists in Israeli culture. The film Lilyan in this prject won first prize in the Haifa film festival 2016. He is also the initiator of various media projects in Israel, in the fields of the conservation of culture, specifically Hebrew literature and language, and in the LGBT community such as the first LGBT newspaper Hazman HaVarod.
- Bebe, an actress, a mockumentary-documentary film by Yair Qedar and Ilan Peled, was the official selection of the GLBTQ tel aviv film festival 2017 competition. Nominated for best film, best editing, best research and best soundtrack in the Israeli documentary competition 2017.
- Yona, a dancer, a mockumentary-documentary film by Yair Qedar and Ilan Peled, was the official selection of the Jerusalem Jewish film festival 2016 competition.
- Iilyan, a Poet, a mockumentary-documentary film by Yair Qedar and Ilan Peled, was the official selection of the Haifa Film Festival 2016 and won first prize in the documentary competition and nominated for the Israeli oscar - the ofir - in 2017. Nominated for best film in the Israeli documentary competition 2017.
- Zelda - a Simple Woman, on the life and work of the poet Zelda, was the official selection of the Jerusalem film festival and won the prize foe Jewish Experience in 2015. The film was supported by the Israeli film service, Avi Chai foundation, channel 1 and the Makor foundation.
- The Awakener, the story of Y.CH Brener, of the life, work and murder of the writer Brener, was the official selection in the Doc aviv film festival of 2015. The film was supported by the Israeli film service, Avi Chai foundation, channel 1 and the Makor foundation.
- Bialik- King of the Jews, on the life and art of the Hebrew National Poet Bialik, was the official selection of Docaviv film festival and it premiered in spring 2014 in cinematheques and Israeli Channel 8. Nominated for best documentary film in the Israeli documentary competition of 2014.
- The Seven Tapes, Israel 2012, about the life of the poet Yona Wallach, was the official selection at the Jerusalem Film Festival in 2012, and winner of best film for 2012 and best soundtrack for 2012 in the Israeli documentary film competition for 2012. The film was supported by the Israeli film service, channel 8 and the Rabinowitz foundation for the arts.
- The 5 houses of Lea Goldberg, Israel 2011, about the life of the poet Leah Goldberg, was the official selection of Docaviv Film Festival 2011 and Doc Aviv Galilee 2011, it won three prizes at the Israeli Documentary Film Competition for 2011. The film is supported by the Israeli film service, The New Foundation for Cinema and TV and The Second Authority for Television and Radio.
- Gay Days, about the GLBT community in Israel, based on his own personal story with the stories of other prominent gay men and women in Israel (Gal Uchovsky, Eytan Fox, Dana International, Offer Nissim, Michal Eden and others), premiered in May 2009 in Tel Aviv in Docaviv International Documentary Film Festival, and also was screened at the official opening of the Tel Aviv Gay Pride events of 2009, was the official selection of the Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival, 2009, and the official selection of the Panorama section in the Berlin International Film Festival, 2010.
He was founding editor of Pink Time, Israel's first gay, lesbian and transgender newspaper, writes in various publications, such as Haaretz, Yedioth Ahronoth, Masa Acher, and is recipient of various journalistic prizes, including winner of the B'nai B'rith World Center Award for Journalism in 2003, and Euromed Heritage Journalistic Award in 2005 and 2006.
In the 1990s, he was a founder of LGBT studies and queer theory in Israel. He edited the first gay theatre show in Israel in 1994, and edited Beyond Sexuality, an anthology of gay and lesbian studies. Recently, he founded the Rainbow Families organization in Israel, aimed at promoting the rights, understanding and position of LGBT families in the country.
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- "Pride Month in Tel Aviv, Gay Pride Parade: Opening Event". Gay TV Guide. Archived from the original on 2009-06-27. Retrieved 2009-06-23.
- "Dana, queen of the Levant". Press for Change. Retrieved 2009-06-23.
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- "Winner of the Ansamed special prize". euromedheritage.net. Retrieved 23 June 2009.
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- NewsPlanet Staff (May 11, 1998). "Dana International Wins European Song Contest". ifge.org. PlanetOut. Retrieved 2009-06-23.
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- The Russians Have Pushkin, the Jews Have Bialik review on Bialik King of the Jews by Michael Weingrad in Mosaic Magazine.
- article by Michael Weingrad on the Seven Tapes - Yona Wallah as the last Hebrew
- Article in Haaretz on the 5 houses of Lea Goldberg
- Bialik king of the Jews website
- Hebrews website
- Seven Tapes website
- 5 Houses of Lea Goldberg website
- Qedar on IMBD
- Yair Qedar in the Israeli film center