Meet the Filmmaker: Yariv Mozer

Yariv Mozer is the director and writer of Ben-Gurion, Epilogue and By the Grace of Heaven, both streaming now on IZZY.

Yariv graduated with distinction from the Department of Film and Television at Tel Aviv University.

In 2006, he founded Mozer Films and two years later premiered his first documentary film as a director, My First War, depicting his personal experience serving in the Second Lebanon War.

In 2016, Yariv’s film Ben-Gurion, Epilogue focused on the last years of David Ben-Gurion’s life and revealed for the first time a long interview with the first Prime Minister of Israel.

The film won the 2017 Ophir Israeli Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary, and attracted critical acclaim from The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and The Hollywood Reporter.

His latest film, By the Grace of Heaven, seeks to unpack the complexity of ultra-Orthodox Jewish society and its world, faith, and way of life — plagued by the coronavirus pandemic— in Bnei Brak, Israel (considered the capital of Israel’s ultra-Orthodox community).

“The coronavirus was, essentially, an ‘excuse’ for a one-time and rare glimpse into the ultra-Orthodox community that maintains social distance and closes its routine from Western-secular society,” Yariv says. “The film allowed me to discover the richness and diversity of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish identity, and to engage with the complexity of this community and the values ​​that dictate its life.”

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