Orna Ben Dor
Ronit Weiss Berkovich
Shira Carmi (Biali)
Tali Shalom Ezer
Tali Helter Shenkar
Current occupation: psychologist
Beginning of studies: 1974
Graduation year: 1976
Apprenticeship during studies: direction
On her first year at the university, the first film department in Israel was established. The department gathered young enthusiastic people who dreamed about cinema for years. There was an atmosphere of taking part in something new that is created and may influence the film industry, which was still very young. Many of the teachers were the industry's veterans and began filmmaking back in Europe, like Director David Perlov, Photographer Emil Knebel, and Editor Nelly Gilad.
During her studies she directed a 17 minutes film Hatzaga Yomit, based on a short story by American poet Delmore Schwartz Dreams Begin Responsibilities. Actors from the theater department participated, and Moshe Zorman, who was then a student at the music academy, escorted it on the piano.
She continued her studies at New York University, where she directed a 20 minutes film Et LeYonatan, about the first encounter of a boy with death (of his grandfather) and with love. The film was screened in some festivals and then at the Tel Aviv cinematheque and broadcast on Israeli television. When she terminated her studies she worked as an intern on the set of Robert Altman.
Coming back to Israel she started working for the Israeli television, where she directed three documentaries. Her first documentary Daf Hadash was co-directed with Jonathan Aroch. The film follows two families that make great changes in their lives. The second film, Dudu Mefaked Satil, is a portrait of a charismatic boat commander. The film was made in the framework of a TV series about military people. The third film Hahatchalot shel Simha Yom Tov, dealt with an architect in a kibbutz who struggles to do nontraditional work in a society of conservative values. In addition, she directed short articles for the television about different subjects, such as culture, art and nature. She directed Shminiot Ba'avir, Dalik Wolinetz's children's show, for a certain time.
At the time there was only one TV channel and most of its films were directed by TV's in-house directors; very few films were offered to independent directors. When she realized the time periods between films were growing longer, she left and traveled in the Far East. When she returned she decided to start anew and study psychology, a domain that deals with people and existential situations, much like documentary cinema.
Today she works as a clinical psychologist at a private clinic.