Research Areas

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


M.A., Emerson College

B.A., Hebrew University of Jerusalem


Youtube Clip: Laid to Rest Opening Untold Stories - Dcumentary by Ornit Barkai


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 films have screened locally and internationally, in festivals, museums, universities, schools, conferences and other public venues. A former broadcast journalist with extensive international television and radio experience, she creates digital content for multiple platforms, including traditional, new and social media. She often presents and lectures on themes of gender, culture and identity, public memorialization and social memory.

Current Projects

Ornit’s current research explores 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. “Past Forward: Intergenerational ‘Transference’ of Holocaust Memories.” Essay. Beit-Berl Academic College, Israel. (Forthcoming)

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.