Yael Friedman-Silver

Yael Friedman-Silver


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Theory and Practice filmmaking research in the areas transnational screen studies, Israel/Palestine, migration and diaspora. Specific interest in documentary projects.

Personal profile


I am currently a senior lecturer in the School of Creative Technologies at University of Portsmouth and a Joint Course Leader of BA (hon) Film Production. My background includes BA in Political Science from Tel Aviv University and working in politics and education in Israel. In 2001 I left Israel for the UK where I graduated with an MA in Documentary Filmmaking from Goldsmiths College and a PhD. in film studies from the University of Westminster. Since I have been teaching in several UK universities, combining film scholarship, critic and practice. My specific areas of expertise include World/transnational cinemas, Middle Eastern cinema and documentary theory and practice.

Research Interests

My research stems from a cultural studies approach to film. I am interested in the intersection of cinema and dominant discourses, economies of production and political and social environments. Thus far, both the documentary films I made and my academic research revolved around issues of identity, memory, migration and exile, primarily in Israel/Palestine. I published several artciles about Israeli and Palestinian cinema, and currently completing a monograph on Plaestinian filmmaking inside Israel for I.B Tauris World Cinemas series. 

Most recently, I am developing a new practice-based research using documentary film practices to explore questions of preformance as a tool for social change.   I am also looking to expand my research into new directions exploring VR and interactive forms of documentary expression. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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