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Eyal Sivan

Born, 1964 in Haifa, Israel

From the archived Documenta 11 website : www.documenta12.de//archiv/d11/data/english/index.html

“A documentary film-maker and dissident, Israeli Eyal Sivan’s projects have concerned the politics of memory and the instrumentalization and representation of genocide. Sivan has gained international recognition for his film The Specialist (1996-99), which he co-wrote with Rony Braumann, a representation of the 1961 Adolf Eichmann trial. Itsembatsemba - Rwanda, One Genocide Later (1996), which Sivan made with Alexis Cordesse, combines contemporary footage and photographs after the massacres in Rwanda with recordings of radio broadcasts from RTLM (Radio Télevision Mille Collines) from April to June 1994, inciting people to massacre their fellow Tutsis. The photographs from 1996 give a fragmentary view of the aftermath of the genocide and contrast with the chillingly articulate rhetoric of Christian-inspired calls for genocide on the radio. As with The Specialist, Sivan explores in Itsembatsemba the possibility of presenting archival material with minimal intervention to reveal a deeply destructive level in the human psyche. By going back to the past, Sivan speaks to us of the present, dealing with topics of political manipulation of memory and our relationship to history.”

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