Danielle Schwartz is an award-winning Israeli filmmaker, writer, and activist living in Tel Aviv. Israel.
She studied literature (Tel Aviv University and the University of Chicago) and Cultural Studies (Hebrew University of Jerusalem). Her research on the cinematic representation of Palestinian ruins in Israeli cinema was published and presented worldwide.
Mirror Image, her first film, won the Van Leer Award for Best Short Documentary Film at the Jerusalem Film Festival and nominated Best Shorty Documentary at the DOC NYC film festival, and is screened internationally.
Mirror Image: short documentary film | Israel | 11 min | 2013
Jewish Israeli grandparents are challenged by their grandchild to compose an agreed-upon version of the untold story of a large mirror, taken from an Arab village after the 1948 war.
An intimate discussion that reflects on how history is written, contested and negotiated.
The Van Leer Award for Best Documentary Short – Jerusalem Film Festival (2014)
Grand Jury Prize winner in Short Competition – DOC NYC (2014)
“This beautiful short film is really wonderful. Structured like a tale, powerful and fascinating” (Elias Khouri, novelist)
“A true gem: so simple, so sophisticated, so thrilling. It captivates and breaks your heart” (Anton Shammas, novelist)
“A wonderful movie; excellent, stunning, moving and very-very smart. Wow, what a beauty!” (Avi Mograbi, filmmaker)
“Such a brilliant reminder of how much can be said in such a short work. This is as intense and memorable a distillation of what the conflict means, in terms of memory, repression and obfuscation as one could hope for. A display of genuine bravery in exploring this theme so very close to home. I can’t praise this accomplishment highly enough” (Ranen Omer-Sherman, Co-Editor, Shofar)
“This impressive documentary shows this generation’s growing interest in the memory of the Nakba and documents a very personal way of breaking the silence” (Aleida Assmann, Memory Studies).
Schwartz is of a new generation of Israeli Jews who challenge the dominant Zionist narrative by pressing her own grandparents for a more honest version of their story (Benjamin Doherty, electronicintifada.net)
With its accented aesthetic and what can be seen as a surprising choice of topic, Mirror Image teaches us that these counter-spaces can also be occupied by “accented filmmakers” who were born and raised in Israel. It is indeed a “minor film”; but if there is one thing we can learn from Mirror Image, it is that the marginal often deserves a more central place (Neta Alexander, Media Fields Journal).
Palm Springs Short Film Fest,
Warsaw Film Festival,
Kassel Short Fest
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
Other Israel Film Festival, NY
London Palestine Film Festival
Ann Arbor Palestinian Film Festival
Chicago Palestinian Film Festival
New Orleans Film festival
Flickerfest Short Film Festival, Sydney, Australia
Santa Barbara Jewish Film Festival
Middle East Now Festival, Florence
Netta Barkai Stern
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