Dr Iris Zaki is a Grierson award-winning documentary filmmaker and researcher, who uses quirky first-person narratives to depict closed communities. She recently completed her PhD at Royal Holloway, University of London, in which she explored her own innovative interviewing technique The Abandoned Camera. Her previous film, Women in Sink, screened at over 120 international festivals and universities and won 13 awards, including at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. It was also broadcast on TV and featured on The New York Times’ OpDocs. Currently, Iris teaches ethnographic and documentary filmmaking.
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Attending this event
Duki Dror studied film at UCLA and Columbia College Chicago. His extensive body of work ranges from personal films tracing his own family’s journey from Iraq to Israel, to character-driven feature documentaries, experimental documentaries and unique artist biographies. Among his award-winning films are Shadow in Baghdad and Incessant Visions.
Films screening at this event
- Chen Shelach
- 60 min
The inspiring story of two women, one Israeli and one Palestinian, uniting with the dream of forming a business. Against the hostile Israeli-Palestinian landscape, they face seemingly insurmountable pressures from family, society, and sheer chauvinism. Yet our heroines persevere – each having defined the other as an enemy for so long – creating a soulful and poignant bond, a touching triumph of humanity over conflict.
- Iris Zaki
- 36 min
In a hair salon in Haifa, Jewish and Arab clients sit together and engage in candid conversations with the director. The effect is surprising, life-affirming and thoroughly engaging. A delightful short documentary.
Winner – Best Short Documentary, Haifa International Film Festival