Talent Guide

Hilla Medalia

  • Discipline:Director, Producer
  • Program Year:Documentary Lab 2012, Fast Track 2012


George Foster Peabody award-winning director and producer, Hilla Medalia has received three Emmy award nominations, and won the Paris Human Rights Film Festival Jury Award, Fipa Biarritz Jury Award, Golden Warsaw Phoenix Award, Faito Doc Grand Jury Award, and more. Medalia directed and produced the documentary To Die in Jerusalem, a story about a Palestinian suicide bomber and her unlikely Israeli doppelganger, who died at only 17 years of age in a Jerusalem market. The film unveils a microcosm for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and explores the complexity of reconciliation. It was broadcasted in the United States on HBO and aired on television around the world, including YES in Israel, RAI in Italy, M6 in France, NHK in Japan, and numerous others. Medalia then directed and produced After the Storm, a documentary about a group of New York Broadway actors who travel to New Orleans to offer the remedy of art and expression to thirteen kids in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The film aired on MTV, broadcasted on Ch8 Israel, participated in film festivals around the world, and won the Audience Award at the Woodstock Film Festival and Crystal Heart Award at the Heartland Film Festival. Medalia was a senior producer for 39 Pounds of Love (a 2005 HBO and Cinemax film); it won the Ofir Award (Israeli Oscar) and shortlisted for an Academy Award. Medalia has a Master’s Degree in Film and Television from Southern Illinois University.

Current Project

Dancing in Jaffa (Documentary Feature)


Dancing in Jaffa follows Pierre Dulaine as he returns to his birthplace, Jaffa, to fulfill his lifelong dream of teaching Jewish and Palestinian-Israeli children to dance together.