Michal Aviad was born in Jerusalem to an Italian-born mother and a Hungarian-born father. After finishing high school, she studied literature philosophy and cinema. During the 1980s she lived in San Francisco where she started making films and became a mother. Since returning to Israel in 1991, she has continued to write, direct and produce award-winning documentary films.
Her films include: ACTING OUR AGE (1987, USA), THE WOMEN NEXT DOOR (1992, Israel), EVER SHOT ANYONE? (1995, Israel), JENNY & JENNY (1997, Israel), RAMLEH (2001, Israel), FOR MY CHILDREN (2002, Israel) Aviadís films examine the complex relationships between womenís issues and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, militarism, and ethnicity. Aviad has been working on co-writing and directing INVISIBLE since 2006. It is her first feature length fiction film.
She is a faculty member at Tel Aviv Universityís Department of Film and Television. Aviad shares her life with her two children and her boyfriend, in unbearably sunny Tel Aviv. (8/14)
Acting Our Age: A film About Women Growing Old
A film by Michal Aviad, 1987, 58 min., Color
An invigorating antidote for American culture's one-dimensional image of older women, this classic film offers empowering insights about women and agi...
Ever Shot Anyone?
A film by Michal Aviad, 1996, 57 min., Color
Israeli filmmaker Michal Aviad provides a woman's take on how national culture is informed by male identity through the military experience that bonds...
For My Children
A film by Michal Aviad, 2002, 65 min., Color
In October 2000, as the second Palestinian Intifada erupts, Israeli filmmaker Michal Aviad begins a video exploration about both the moral and mundane...
Jenny and Jenny
A film by Michal Aviad, 1997, 60 min., Color
This moving, closely observed portrait of adolescence documents one summer in the lives of two 17 year old cousins named Jenny. As North African Jewi...
A film by Michal Aviad, 2001, 58 min., Color
A timely and powerful look at the ideological, cultural and political conflicts in contemporary Israel, this highly original documentary profiles thre...
The Women Next Door
A film by Michal Aviad, 1992, 80 min., Color
THE WOMEN NEXT DOOR is a thoughtful and emotive documentary about women in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Israeli director Michal Aviad was living...