Sami Shalom Chetrit is a teacher, poet, writer and filmmaker. Chetrit
was born in Morocco, raised in Israel and have lived there since. He also
in New York City for many years where he studied (Columbia university) and taught at CUNY. Chetrit scholarly work includes work on society,
education, culture, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
His known scholarly
book in English – Intra-Jewish Conflict in Israel: White Jews, Black Jews – was published by Rutledge, London 2011.
He’s been writing and publishing poetry for thirty years, and published five books of poetry in Hebrew, including:
Zeman Morocco (Morocco Time) by Bimat Kedem Tel-Aviv 2015, Yehudim (Jews) by Nahar Books Israel 2007, Shirim Be’ashdodit by Andalus Tel Aviv 2004.
Chetrit recently published a book of translated poems in English – Jews, by Cervana Brava, Boston.
Chetrit was a leading social activist in Israel for many years. He was among the founders of the alternative school Kedma in the southern neighborhood HaTikva in Tel Aviv, and among the founders and leaders of the social movement HaKeshet, the Mizrahi Rainbow Democratic Coalition.
Chetrit also produced and directed three documentary
The Black Panthers (in Israel) Speak – a documentary film about the Israeli social-protest movement “The Black Panthers” in the early 1970s. research and script writing. co-production and co-directed with Eli Hamo. (53 min, Hebrew with English subtitles). 2003. Special Screening at the Tel Aviv Cinemateque, 2003. Special Screening at the Jerusalem Cinemateque, 2003. Official Selection The African Diaspora Film Festival, New York, 2004. Official Selection ArteEast Film Festival, New York, 2004. Official Selection for a Greek Alternative Film Festival, 2005. Official Selection for an Irish Alternative Film Festival, 2005.
Az’i Ayima (Come Mother) – a documentary film about Moroccan women of the first generation in Israel. Writing and directing. Produced by Haim Buzaglo. (77 minutes, Hebrew and Moroccan with English subtitles) 2009. DocAviv International Film Festival, Tel-Aviv 2009; official selection, special screening. Darom International Film Festival, Sderot 2009; official selection. Israeli public television, Channel One, official selection for broadcast, October 24, 2009. 5% rating (250,000 viewers)
Shattered Rhymes: the Life and poetry of Erez Bitton . A documentary film about the most renowned Israeli Mizrahi poet in Israel. Through ajourney in his poetry we visit the milestones of his ilfe, and the lives of many in the Moroccan community in Israel. 2014. Was broadcasted on Israeli Yes Doco, a cable documentary channel, and appeared in many festivals and special screenings in Israel and the world. Including Morocco.
Chetrit is serving as an Associate Professor and the head of the School for Audio and Visual Arts at Sapir College.
Director and scriptwriter, graduated from TAU Cinema Dept. Among his projects are: “Yeheifim”, mini TV series (director and chief scriptwriter; “Betipul”, TV series (chief scriptwriter and associate creator), winner of Best Series Award and Best Script Award of the Israeli Academy of Cinema and Television, with the American version distributed and broadcast in over 60 countries world-wide; “Shabatot Vehagim”, TV series (chief scriptwriter), winner of Best Series Award and Best Script Award of the Israeli Academy of Cinema and Television; “Clara Hakdosha”, feature film (director and associate scriptwriter), winner of Best Film Award of the Israeli Academy of Cinema, representing Israel at the American Oscar.
Teaches courses: Directing; tutor of final projects.
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Rani Blair is an Israeli television director and scriptwriter, winner of the Israel Academy Award for Television, and was Chairman of the Directors Association in Israel. He was born in the village of Yesha in the western Negev. His father, Yosta Blair, was Chairman of the Association of Israel Agriculturalists. Blair graduated from the Cinema and Television Department at TAU in the 1980s. He began his professional way directing music clips for Barry Saharof for his albums “Ham Al Hayare’ach” and “Simanim Shel Hulsha”, as well as directing television articles for Channels 1 and 8.
In 1999-2004 he co-wrote and co-directed the television series “Shabatot Vehagim” with Anat Asulin and Ari Fulman, broadcast for 5 seasons on cable Channel 3 (now HOT). In 2006, the three then co-wrote and co-directed the series “Parashat Hashavu’a” for this channel, broadcast for 3 seasons until 2009.
In 2008 Blair replaced Doron Tsabari as Head of the Directors’ Association, until 2012 when Yariv Horovitch received the post.
In 2009 he directed the series “Teivat Noah”, created by Shmulik Kalderon, broadcast on Channel 2, Reshet. Blair co-wrote the script with Maya Heffner. In 2011, he wrote and directed “Adama”, a 5-episode mini-series, broadcast on HOT 3. He then created and directed the political drama series “Shvita”, aired in July 2012 on YES Drama.
In 2012 Blair ran for Knesset, third place in the party “Eretz Hadasha”.
On 7.1.15, Channel 1 began airing the program “Isur Venegi’ah”, presenting the film “Hahefeh”, which is based on Yehosu’a Greenberg’s book “Hahefeh” - a love story between a yeshiva boy (Itamar Rothchild) and a cancer-afflicted girl (Keren Berger). In addition to the central plot, we follow him as a man, after being appointed head of the yeshiva - played by Rani Blair - as he copes with the yeshiva boys who have love stories similar to his. Director: Amihai Greenberg.
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