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Amos Gitai Film Archive

The Amos Gitai film archive documents the work of Israeli director, Amos Gitai, and contains materials related to the films and contains materials related to 8 films: the documentary trilogy Home : House [1980] - A House in Jerusalem [1998] - News from Home, News from House [2005]. The border trilogy :Promised Land (Terre promise) (2002-2004), Free Zone (2004-2005), Disengagement (2005-2007), The Holocaust movies, One Day, You Will Understand (Plus tard, tu comprendras) (2007-2008),and Tsili (2008-2014), both adaptations of literary works. The archive includes digital video, audio, still images, and text documents that give a glimpse into the filmmaking process. The contents of this collection are also almost entirely born digital and were received by Stanford Libraries, Special Collections on 19 hard drives containing approximately 10.5 terabytes of data.

Amos Gitai (born October 1950, Haifa) is a French-Israeli filmmaker, internationally known for his documentaries and feature films on the Middle East, the Israeli–Arab conflict, and the Holocaust memory in Europe. Between 1999 and 2018 ten of his films were entered in the Cannes Film Festival for the Palme d'Or as well as the Mostra, the Venice International Film Festival for the Golden Lion award. He has worked with Arthur Miller, Juliette Binoche, Jeanne Moreau, Natalie Portman, Yael Abecassis, Samuel Fuller, Hanna Schygulla, Annie Lennox, Barbara Hendricks, Léa Seydoux, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Liron Levo, Hanna Laslo, Ronit Elkabetz, Juliano Mer-Khamis, Mathieu Amalric, Henri Alekan, Renato Berta, Nurith Aviv, Éric Gautier, Caroline Champetier, Isabelle Ingold and more.

Since 2000 he has collaborated with the French screenwriter Marie-José Sanselme.

Gitai's work was presented in several major retrospectives in Pompidou Center Paris, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) New York, Lincoln Center New York, and the British Film Institute London. To date Amos Gitai has created over 90 works of art throughout 40 years.

He received several prestigious prizes, the Leopard of Honor at the Locarno International Film Festival (2008), the Roberto Rossellini prize (2005), the Robert Bresson prize (2013), the Paradjanov prize (2014), and the Human Rights Nights Association prize at the Venice Film Festival (2018). Gitai is also Officer of Arts and Letters of the French Republic (2015) and received the prestigious French Légion d'Honneur in 2017. In 2018 he was named the first filmmaker to hold the Chair in Artistic Creation at the prestigious Collège de France (2018-2019).

Amos Gitai was born to Munio Weinraub (Gitai), an architect formed at the pre-war German Bauhaus art school, and to Efratia Munschik Margalit Weinraub (Gitai), an intellectual, storyteller and a teacher. 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 interrupt 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.