Meet the Filmmaker: Tal Haim Yoffe

Tal Haim Yoffe is the documentary filmmaker behind many titles streaming on IZZY such as A Demonstration in the White City, A13901, Clementine, Clearing Out Mom’s House, and The Green Dumpster Mystery.

Becoming a documentary filmmaker came naturally for Tal Haim Yoffe, as he’s always had an extensive curiosity of the world around him, camera in his hand, and a desire to tell stories.

Yoffe was born on a Kibbutz in Northeast Israel near the Jordan River. He went on to pursue film studies at the Tel Aviv University before becoming a creative director for a production company, as well as an editor and director for TV advertisements.

After several years of working in the industry, he got bored of sitting at an office all day and decided to quit. With no real intention of becoming a filmmaker, the art of filmmaking found him.

It started when he found some pictures tossed in a green dumpster.

“A creative urge emerged and I decided to do something with it. I didn’t know what I was going to do, but I had a camera, so I decided to film a scene and then another one and another one. Suddenly I understood there might be a story here,” says Yoffe.

This led to the creation of his first film, The Green Dumpster Mystery, which tells the story of how Yoffe, himself, unwinds a family’s history after accidentally finding these photos in the trash. He directed and produced this film after gaining money from competitions.

After this film, Yoffe realized he could make films to tell his own family’s stories from personal tapes he had kept lying in a cupboard.

This led to the creation of Clementine, a documentary that uncovered the history of his family as well as Clearing Out Mom’s House, which is about his experience going through the items in his late mother’s house.

“At first I filmed the things that mattered to me and that I was most passionate about. It was the most natural thing to deal with. But as I progressed as a filmmaker I opened myself to subjects not coming from my own life,” says Yoffe.

His film, A13901, is about the day in the life of two Holocaust survivors living in a small apartment: it’s the film he’s most proud of.

At the moment, Yoffe has abandoned his filmmaking career and works as a still photographer in Thailand, where he now lives with his family.

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