International Filmmaker-in-Residence

The Jacob Burns Film Center is dedicated to growing and nurturing lines of communication between cultures through the power of film. The Fellowship for International Understanding Through Film, developed through a grant from philanthropist Kathryn W. Davis and inspired by her lifelong efforts to create a more harmonious world, brings filmmakers from around the world to the JBFC campus for a residency.

During their stay here, these International Filmmakers-in-Residence educate the JBFC community about their culture and beliefs through discussions following public screenings of their films. They also assist with programs at the Media Arts Lab and have access to the Lab's state-of-the-art facilties for their filmmaking needs.

More information about the program


Ido Haar's residency is made possible with additional support from Elaine Dannheisser Foundation and

National Endowment for the Arts


Ido Haar, Israel
September/October 2009
"I make documentaries because I believe that the most exciting, crazy, tragic, and comic stories are hidden in real life." — Ido Haar

Ido Haar, from Tel Aviv, is the third International Filmmaker-in-Residence at the Jacob Burns Film Center’s Media Arts Lab. A graduate of Jerusalem’s famous Sam Spiegel Film and Television School, Haar’s films follow a vérité, observational style. He was drawn to filmmaking after a stint in the Israeli army. 

In addition to Melting Siberia (see below), we'll be showing his film 9 Star Hotel in our "Global Watch" series.




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