Associate Professor Dan Geva graduated from the Sam Spiegel Film School in 1994 with distinct honors. His debut film, Jerusalem: Rhythms of a Distant City (1993), won the Volgin Award and numerous international grand prizes. Since then, he has made over 25 full-length documentary films, winning world acclaim in festivals and broadcasts alike. Among the most notable films are What I Saw in Hebron (1999), Routine (2000), The Key (2001), Fall (2003), Think Popcorn (2004), and Noise (2012). Geva teaches documentary theory and practice, ethics, film-philosophy, and documentary history.
Geva’s 2006 essay-film Description of a Memory, an homage to Chris Marker’s classic Description of a Struggle (1960), has been celebrated as one of the Ten Best Documentaries of the 2000s screened at the Marker-Planet World Exposition at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, now issued in a double DVD set with Marker’s restored classic. As a Schusterman Grant awardee, Geva has served as a visiting scholar at Johns Hopkins University and the Maryland Institute of Art (2010). Geva is the recipient of the lucrative 2011 Dan David Prize for Promising Researcher in Cinema and Society. His four-hour TV series, entitled The Documentarians (2016), was nominated for the Israeli Ophir Prize. His first book, Toward a Philosophy of the Documentarian (2018), was published by Palgrave Macmillan, NY. Geva is the 2017 laurate of CILECT’s Teacher Award, Beit-Berl’s 2020 Innovative Pedagogy Award, and the founder of the research and global educational project “The Ethics Lab” — A CILECT project. Geva’s second book is The Ethics Lab Guidebook (2019). His latest essay film is entitled I Ecclesiastes (2019), and his upcoming book (2021) is entitled: A Philosophical History of Documentary, 1895-1959 (Springer Nature, Switzerland). Currently, Geva is working on the revised and expanded edition of The Ethics Lab Guidebook and on the completion of the “A Philosophical History of Documentary” trilogy with its two successive volumes; A Philosophical History of Documentary, 1960-1990 and A Philosophical History of Documentary, 1991-2022 (Springer Nature, Switzerland).