Hava Kohav Beller
Hava Kohav Beller is a filmmaker with creative roots in the theater. Born in Germany and raised in Israel, she came to the U.S. to study at the Juilliard School. Today she lives and works in New York.
In the Land of Pomegranates is her third documentary. Her other feature docs include:
The Restless Conscience: Resistance to Hitler within Germany 1933-1945 (1992) delves into the Nazi terror and those who fought it from within, premiered at Sundance, opened theatrically and aired on PBS and internationally, receiving several awards and an Academy Award® nomination for Best Documentary Feature. The film has been translated into thirteen languages.
The Burning Wall, which investigates the profoundly contemporary dilemma of individual resistance within a totalitarian state, from the first stirring of single acts of resistance all the way to the astounding ground swell of defiance that brought down the Berlin Wall and resulted in the collapse of the German Democratic Republic. It had its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival, and opened in New York at the Film Forum. It had been broadcast by the BBC in England; by the BDR, Phoenix, RBB, and Discovery in Germany, as well as in Finland. The Burning Wall also received the Best Documentary Award at the Hollywood International Film Festival.
Ms. Beller has received awards from the Petra Foundation at the American Institute of Arts and Sciences, the American Film and Video Association, and Women in Film. She was also presented with the Cine Golden Eagle Award and was decorated by President Richard von Weizsäcker with the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit (Das Grosse Bundesverdienstkreuz) of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1992.