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Eye Witness

(Doc., 50 min., DVD/DVCAM, 2008)
  • Written & Directed by: Micha Shagrir
  • Produced by: Shiba Communications
  • Sponsored by: Avi-Chai Foundation & The Turner Charitable Trust


Israel, as envisioned through the lens of the internationally acclaimed photographer David Rubinger, the laureate of the Israeli Award for Photography. Rubinger began his career in 1947 and has since documented famous leaders and exciting characters, witnessing the dramatic events that occurred in Israel over the past 60 years. In the film, Rubinger travels back to the places and people he photographed over the years, providing viewers with a deeper knowledge of contemporary Israeli reality. Rubinger’s pictures reflect his own biography, professional views and experiences. Above all his iconographic images mark milestones of Israeli history expressing the joys, sorrows, dreams and visions of Israel.



  • Exhibition - 60 Years of Press Photography in Israel - IKG, Munich, 2010
  • Melbourne & Sydney Israeli Film Festival, Australia, 2009
  • San Diego Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2009
  • Tucson Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2009
  • Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2008
  • Israel information Centre, Manchester, UK, 2008
  • Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2008
  • Jewish History Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2008
  • Detroit Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2008
  • Warsaw Jewish Motifs Film Festival, Poland, 2008
  • Isratim – The Israeli Festival in Paris, France, 2008


  • McGill University
  • Stanford University
  • Duke University
  • Library of Congress
  • Ohio State University
  • UCLA
  • Arizona State University
  • Yale University
  • Harvard University
  • Maryland University
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors, Canada, 2009

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"Eye Witness – 60 Years is a documentary about the work of famed Israeli photographer (and Israel Prize laureate) David Rubinger, who has been photographing key events in Israeli history since 1947.  Rubinger features throughout, discussing his own work, along with comments by his wife and others.  It’s a lovely opportunity to be reminded of how significant some of his work has been in creating the image of Israel over the past sixty years.  In a neat twist, the film follows Rubinger as he successfully attempts to track down the original subjects of a number of his most famous photographs.  While this might seem to be a manipulative trick, the result is frequently deeply affecting, as we slowly realise that these subjects of Rubinger’s historic photographs are proud of and deeply value their iconic roles in portraying Israel’s visual history."

For the entire review by Don Perlgut , check:



Eye Witness – 60 Years, will be shown as part of the special exhibition dedicated to acclaimed photographer David Rubinger at the Willy Brandt House in Berlin:

The Film will be shown in a loop throughout the entire exhibition's period.

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