Interview made by Truls Lie. The Israeli filmmaker Eyal Sivan talks about his films on Israel, and other projects like what he did with Jean-Luc Godard.

Truls Lie

Editor-in-chief, Modern Times Review. Also head of the Norwegian monthly newspaper NY TID. Based in Oslo/Berlin.

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Another perspective of History: that is what characterises the work of Israeli filmmaker Eyal Sivan, whose work provides some of the most intense insights and deepest philosophical outlooks in contemporary documentary film. His films adopt a perspective in which confrontation with History is inevitable and permanent; a perspective in which documentary filmmaking is not projected within a hypothetical future but strongly rooted in the present. For him, making a documentary is to take a new or different look at History, to be able to express another point of view about what already exists, what has already been seen, and what is already known. This constant search for new references, for a different History – while constantly reflecting on the very definition of historical truth – has made of Eyal Sivan’s work a landmark reference in film during the last thirty years; it has also made him one of the most attentive observers of the conflict between Israel and Palestine.

Eyal Sivan (born 1964) is an Israeli filmmaker and critic noted for his criticisms of Israeli policies. Born in Haifa, Sivan attended school in Jerusalem, but dropped out to pursue photography. Though he found work as a fashion photographer in Tel-Aviv, Sivan left Israel in 1985 for Paris, where the political climate was more tolerant of his views.

A co-operation between the Norwegian organisations Films from South, Oslo Documentary Cinema and Le Monde diplomatique (Scandinavia).


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