Research Areas

Documentary Film, Mass Media, Social Media, Social Memory, Multicultural Memorialization


M.A., Emerson College

B.A., Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Ornit Barkai

Ornit Barkai

Ornit Barkai

Ornit Barkai is a documentary filmmaker whose cinematographic works offer intergenerational, multicultural perspectives on narratives of social memory and memorialization in a variety of genres and formats.

Ornit's cinematographic work has screened locally and internationally, in festivals, museums, universities, schools, conferences and other public venues. She designs multimedia presentations and lectures on themes of gender, culture and identity, public memorialization and social memory.

A former broadcast journalist, news director and radio host, she worked at Boston’s WGBH-TV, WBZ-TV, Monitor Cable News, Cablevision, WERS-FM, WUNR-AM, WTTP-FM and in Israel with the national networks IBA-TV, IDF radio and Kol Israel radio. Ornit started her media career as a commissioned Officer of Media & Cultural Affairs at the Israel's IDF School of Officers.

Current Projects

Ornit's current research focuses on the parallels between the historic narratives of her documentary-in-progress to contemporary patterns of human trafficking into the commercialized sex industry.

Representative Publications

Barkai, Ornit. "Tme'im, the Trade in Women in Argentina and in Israel."  Review of a book by Haim Avni. Latin American Jewish Studies 30:2 University of Texas at Austin, Fall 2010/Winter 2011: 25-26.

Barkai, Ornit. "From Anne Frank's Window."