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Ilan Ziv
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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, a documentary film distribution company, which he left in 1980 in order to devote himself to making documentary films, and since then he has directed dozens of documentaries dealing broadly with issues of human rights and investigations of contemporary history.

His most recent film, a six-part series on Capitalism, broadcast on ARTE October 2014 and received rave reviews. The series is now being distributed internationally. "With this series," wrote Le Monde in a full page review, "Ilan Ziv authored a capitvating epic that helps us understand today’s crisis of inequality... the series will undoubtedly remain a major contribution to social and economic thought."

Exile A Myth Unearthed, an investigation into the political ramifications of the myth of the Exile of the Jews, has been recently shown on the BBC, as well as a dozen or so television networks world wide. The Sunday Times Critics' Choice wrote: "Ilan Ziv's documentary is a brilliant historical investigation." "[It] has ramifications for relations in the region," wrote The Radio Times.

His film Jesus Politics: The Bible and the Ballot, a personal examination of the role of religion in American politics, premiered before the 2008 US elections in France, Germany, United Kingdom, Canada, Israel, Austria and Denmark, and PBS in the United States. It was hailed by the Toronto Globe & Mail as a "fascinating documentary... admirably balanced." The Times of London called it "an eye-opening film." La Vie in France described it as "gripping"; "highly original...point of view...powerful imagery and spectacular editing," wrote Israel Today.

In June 2007 his film Six Days: The War That Changed the Middle East opened theatrically in New York and was broadcast around the world including on PBS in the United States. His other critically-acclaimed films have included On the Edge of Peace (1995); Tango of Slaves (1994); and Human Weapon (2002) hailed by The New York Times as "gripping and important." His films have been broadcast by leading television networks and presented in film festivals around the world. Accolades include the Prix Europa (Europe's highest television award), Silver Nymph and International Jury Award in Monte Carlo, and Cine Eagle in the United States. The Best Documentary Award at Israel's Haifa International Film Festival.

Icarus Films is proud to distribute 16 films by Ilan Ziv:

  • Capitalism - An ambitious but accessible six-part series that looks at both the history of ideas and the social forces that have shaped the capitalist world.

  • Exile, a Myth Unearthed - A new look at history that reshapes the Middle East conflict.

  • Jesus Politics - A personal investigation into the role of religion in American politics, and specifically this year's presidential election.

  • Litigating Disaster - December 3, 1984. Bhopal, India. The worst chemical disaster of all time. How has Union Carbide manipulated the US and Indian legal systems for 20 years to avoid facing justice?

  • The Junction - They had little in common in life, but Israeli soldier David Biri and Palestinian Fahmi Abou Ammouneh are linked in death, their fates tied to a Gaza crossroads between an Israeli settlement and Palestinian refugee camp.

  • Human Weapon - The first sober, in-depth examination of the history of suicide bombing. Filmed in Iran, Lebanon, Sri Lanka, Israel, Palestine, Europe and the United States.

  • Arab Diaries series - A five-part documentary series that presents a fresh, insightful picture of contemporary life across the Arab world.

  • Safe Haven: The United Nations and the Betrayal of Srebrenica - Investigates the possibility of complicity - knowing or not - by the commanders of the United Nations forces in Bosnia in the disaster that befell Srebrenica.

  • Yellow Wasps: Anatomy of a War Crime - Chronicles the Yellow Wasps, a Serbian paramilitary unit operating in Bosnia in 1992.

  • On the Edge of Peace - Chronicles the first year of the implementation of the Israeli-Palestinian accords as experienced by both Palestinians and Israelis from all walks of life.

  • Tango of Slaves - A Holocaust survivor's journey to Warsaw becomes the springboard for a meditative essay about history, memory, and their preservation in imagery.

  • Media War in El Salvador - Analyzes the Madison Avenue style media barrage employed by rival parties during El Salvador's 1989 presidential campaign.

  • People Power - The first in depth look at non-violent revolutions around the world.

  • Fire in the Andes - Tells the story of the ongoing conflict in Peru which, to date, has left over 10,000 dead or "disappeared."

  • Shrine Under Siege - Describes the coalition formed by Fundamentalist U.S. Christians and militant Israeli Jews to destroy the Dome of the Rock, Islam's third holiest shrine, and to build a new Jewish temple in its place.

  • The Hundred Years' War: Personal Notes

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