Matan Yair

Matan Yair

Israel

Biography

Matan Yair (b. 1977) is a filmmaker, an author and a high school history and literature teacher. He’s agraduate of the screenwriting program at the Sam Spiegel Film & Television School in Jerusalem, as well as of the MFA directing program at Tel Aviv University. Matan’s literary and artistic work derives from his personal experiences and biography. His documentary film IT IS WRITTEN IN YOUR I.D. THAT I AM YOUR FATHER (2008) describes a process of growing intimacy between himself and his father, Mordechai, who left home when he was thirteen. The film participated in Haifa International Film Festival’s competitive section as well as other film festivals. Matan’s drama UNSEEN focuses on his experience working as a teacher in a class for kids who were rejected from the regular school system. In 2009, Matan published his first novel, which is built as a diary of ateenager who documents one dramatic year of his adolescence. The novel was awarded from the National Library of Israel, described by the jury as agroundbreaking work. SCAFFOLDING is his first feature film and was selected in the ACID progrmme at Cannes 2017.

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