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Oscar and Emmy nominated director Guy Davidi joins Film in Limerick for an online masterclass

Guy Davidi, an Oscar and Emmy nominated director, will be presenting Film In Limerick’s online Wednesday Workshop. Picture: Marie Kostrz

Oscar and Emmy nominated director Guy Davidi joins Film in Limerick for an online masterclass

Academy Award and Emmy winning director Guy Davidi will be the latest film industry professional to present at Film In Limerick’s Wednesday Workshop online on Wednesday, May 27 at 2 pm for a free online film masterclass on directing documentary films.

The masterclass is the latest in the Wednesday Workshops series and is open to anyone in the Mid-West with an interest in filmmaking. It is supported by Innovate Limerick and Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board.



Guy Davidi, has been making films since the age of 16 in his native Israel. After several years working as a camera operator, he began directing documentaries that focused on everyday life in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

His short documentary ‘In Working Progress’, dealt with the issue of Palestinian construction workers who worked in Israeli settlements and his 2008 film ‘A Gift from Heaven documented the lives of foreign workers on Israeli farms who work under rocket fire from Gaza.

In 2012, he directed his second feature ‘5 Broken Cameras’, co-directed with Palestinian director Emad Burnat. The film was a huge hit on the film festival circuit. It was nominated for an Academy Award in 2013 in the Best Documentary section and won the Emmy for Best Documentary in the same year.

The film also won Davidi the Best Director award at the Sundance Film Festival and the Audience and Jury awards at IDFA in Amsterdam and well as more than 40 other awards internationally.

‘5 Broken Cameras’ is a first-hand account of protests in Bil’in, a West Bank village affected by the Israeli West Bank barrier. Mostly filmed by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, the film is structured around the destruction of Burnat’s cameras and follows one family’s evolution over five years of turmoil.

The film was described by A.O. Scott in the New York Times as “a rigorous and moving work of art” and by Peter Bradshaw in the Guardian as “a powerful personal testimony: the kind of material that never makes the nightly news.”

Now based in Copenhagen, Davidi continues to make films that focus on Israel’s occupation of Palestine and he is currently completing a new feature documentary ‘Senseless’, which delves into the mindset of Israeli soldiers during their military service.

With his extensive experience of documentary directing, Davidi will share his journey and insights in developing and filming documentary stories and on how to develop a career in documentary filmmaking.

In advance of the workshop, Film in Limerick is also offering attendees the chance to watch the Oscar-nominated ‘5 Broken Cameras’ for free. All those who register for the workshop will receive a private link to watch the film before the workshop.

Film in Limerick was established by Innovate Limerick and is supported by funding from Enterprise Ireland as well Limerick City and County Council and Clare and Tipperary County Councils.

Film in Limerick acts as a one-stop-shop for filming in the Mid-West, supporting productions looking for locations, crews and support to film in the region. They are also active in training and up-skilling aspiring and emerging filmmakers and companies based in the region.

Innovate Limerick was established by Limerick City and County Council to help drive innovation and aims to develop Limerick’s business ecosystem and position Limerick City and County as one of the most attractive locations to start and grow a business.

With the success of Limerick’s Troy Studios, Limerick City and County Council has made film a priority in the region. As part of this focus, the council along with Clare and Tipperary councils joined together to recruit a Regional Film Manager to develop filmmaking infrastructure, create new training programmes in the region, and work to make the mid-west an attractive destination for foreign productions.

Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board is the state education and training authority for the Limerick and Clare region in Ireland. It is one of 16 statutory regional education authorities established by the Education and Training Boards Act 2013. 

The authority delivers educational services to over 34,000 students and learners annually. Its Further Education and Training Division offers targeted education and training to meet the specific skills requirements of employees and its enterprise partners across Limerick and Clare.

To register for the event, click here.

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