Amos Gitai (born 11 October 1950 in Haifa, Israel), is an Israeli filmmaker especially known for his documentaries. He followed his father’s footsteps and studied architecture. He received a degree in architecture and later on a PhD in architecture from the University of California – Berkley. The 1973 Yom Kippur War was crucial for his filming career as he joined the helicopter rescue crew and strated filming everything with his 8 mm camera. Up till today, he filmed around 40 films, documentaries and fiction. They all explore the layers of the Middle East history as well as his own. He explores themes such as religion and utopia. The most fertile period of his career began in the mid-90s to date. Over 10 years, Gitai made some 15 films, both documentary and fiction. One of his most famousf films is Kippur (2000), an autobiographical film inspired by his own war memories. In Alila (2003), Gitai once more films the present of his country, observing the contemporary Israeli society. In this film, he’s bringing us the story about the inhabitanats and their destinies of one apartment building in Tel Aviv. Seven of his films were entered in Cannes Film Festival for the ˝Golden Palm˝ award and also Venice Film Festival for the ˝Golden Lion˝ award. His work was the subject of some major retrospetives, e.g. at the Centre Pompidou (Paris).