Ilan Ziv was born in Israel in 1950 and came to the United States after fighting in the Yom Kippur (The October) War in 1973. Ilan Ziv is a graduate of New York University film school, and in 1978 he co-produced New York's first Middle East Film Festival. That same year he founded Icarus Films, an educational film distribution company, which he left in 1980 in order devote himself to making documentary films, and since then he has directed dozens of documentaries dealing broadly with issues of human rights, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and investigations of contemporary history.
His most recent film before The Junction was Human Weapon, a film on the history of suicide bombing, which ran at Film Forum in 2002 and which Stephen Holden of The New York Times called, "A gripping and important documentary." His other critically-acclaimed films have included On the Edge of Peace (1995); Tango of Slaves (1994); and The Hundred Years' War: Personal Notes (1983).
His films have been broadast by leading television networks and presented in film festivals around the world. Accolades include the Prix Europa (Europe highest television award), Silver Nymph and International Jury Award in Monte Carlo, and Cine Eagle in the United States. The Junction, his latest film, is the recent recipient of the Best Documentary Award at Israel's Haifa International Film Festival.