The director of both feature and documentary films, Bargur is the recipient of several significant film awards. Fluent in English as well as Hebrew she has traveled and studied extensively, presenting her films worldwide.
Born in San Francisco in 1969, Ayelet Bargur has lived in Israel since 1970. She studied at the Camera Obscura School of Art in Tel Aviv and has an MA in disciplinary arts from Tel Aviv University. In 1995 she received a grant from the America Israel Cultural Foundation. During that time she produced the short film A Good Place to Be, which screened at the Cannes Film Festival.
Bargur’s films often reflect a personal point of view. Two of her films are directly drawn from her own experiences: the award-winning feature film As if Nothing Happened, about an Israeli family waiting to hear if their son has been killed in the terror attack at the Beit Lid Junction, and the documentary film
At the End of the Day, about the death of four paratrooper commanders in the same Israeli Defense Force unit.
Bargur most recent film The House on August Street tells the story of her great-aunt Beate Berger, a German Jew who rescued over 100 Jewish children. The film is based on a German language book written by Bargur after she received a prestigious year-long grant from the Berlin Artists-in-Residence program (Berliner Künstlerprogramm) of the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), in 2003. Invited by the Academy of Arts in Berlin, Bargur spent the summer of 2004 as a guest of the 7th International Summer Academy in Rüdersdorf near Berlin. While in Berlin, she made the short film An Israeli in Berlin the first of several projects exploring issues of identity and her own family history.
Films of Ayelet Bargur Press Release (PDF)
Intel Inside, Where? (2004)
Day by Day (2004)
So Near So Far (2003)
The House on August Street (2000)
As if Nothing Happened (2000)
WINNER FIRST PRIZE Jerusalem International Film Festival
NOMINATED BEST TV DRAMA Israeli Academy Award
WINNER BEST ACTRESS Israel Academy Awards
WINNER AUDIENCE CHOICE Israel Film Festival Los Angeles
At the End of the Day (1999)