Amos Gitai is an Israeli filmmaker, mainly known for making documentaries and feature films, surrounding the Middle East and JewishArab conflict. His work was presented in several major retrospective in Pompidou Center Paris, the Museum of Modern Art NewYork, the Lincoln Center NewYork and the British Film Institute London. To date Amos Gitai has created over 90 works of art throughoutyears. Between 1999 and 2011 seven of his films were entered in the Cannes Film Festival for the Palme dOr as well as the Venice Film Festival for the Golden Lion award. He has worked with Juliette Binoche, Jeanne Moreau, Natalie Portman, Yael Abecassis, Samuel Fuller, Hanna Schygulla, Annie Lennox Barbara Hendricks, Lea Seydoux, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Simon et Markus Stockhausen, Henri Alekan, Renato Berta, Nurith Aviv, Eric Gautier and more. Since 2000 he has collaborated with the French filmmaker, MarieJos Sanselme. He received several prestigious prizes, in particular the Leopard of Honor at th
Gitai was born to Munio Weinraub, an architect of the prewar Bauhaus movement in Germany, and to Efratia Margalit, an intellectual, storyteller and a teacher. His father was an architect of the prewar Bauhaus movement in Germany. He holds a degree in Architecture from the Technion in Haifa and a PhD in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. In 1973, during the Yom Kippur War, Gitai had to interrupte his architecture studies as he was called up to reserve service as part of a helicopter rescue crew. While serving, he shot 8mm footage of the fighting, claiming this served as his entry into the world of film making.