Ilan Ziv was born in Israel in 1950 and came to the United States after fighting in the Yom Kippur (The October) War in 1973. Ilan Ziv is a graduate of New York University film school, and in 1978 he co-produced New York's first Middle East Film Festival. That same year he co-founded Icarus Films, a documentary film distribution company, which he left in 1980 in order to devote himself to making documentary films, and since then he has directed dozens of documentaries dealing broadly with issues of human rights and investigations of contemporary history.
Antisemitism traces the origins of today's antisemitism in France from the Middle Ages to the infamous Dreyfus Affair. We meet the descendants of Alfred Dreyfus and the heartbroken son of murdered 85-year-old Holocaust survivor Mireille Knoll, killed by a young neighbor because he assumed since she was Jewish she would have money. Ziv also draws on an array of thoughtful historians, sociologists, journalists and one of France’s only female rabbis to shed light on the enduring power of anti-Semitism and its dangers not only for Jews, but for societies at large. State of Terrorism is about the "war on terror", which was launched in the name of defense of our democracies, but might have become its biggest threat.
His six-part series on Capitalism, broadcast on ARTE October 2014 received rave reviews. The series is now being distributed internationally. "With this series," wrote Le Monde in a full page review, "Ilan Ziv authored a captivating epic that helps us understand today's crisis of inequality... the series will undoubtedly remain a major contribution to social and economic thought."
Exile, A Myth Unearthed, an investigation into the political ramifications of the myth of the Exile of the Jews, has been recently shown on the BBC, as well as a dozen or so television networks world wide. The Sunday Times Critics' Choice wrote: "Ilan Ziv's documentary is a brilliant historical investigation." "[It] has ramifications for relations in the region," wrote The Radio Times.