Laura Bialis
Laura Bialis is an American-Israeli filmmaker. She grew up in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, California
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, California
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 and is a graduate of San Marcos High School (Santa Barbara, California) and Stanford University
Stanford University
The Leland Stanford Junior University, commonly referred to as Stanford University or Stanford, is a private research university on an campus located near Palo Alto, California. It is situated in the northwestern Santa Clara Valley on the San Francisco Peninsula, approximately northwest of San...

. She holds an MFA from the University of Southern California
University of Southern California
The University of Southern California is a private, not-for-profit, nonsectarian, research university located in Los Angeles, California, United States. USC was founded in 1880, making it California's oldest private research university...

 USC School of Cinematic Arts
USC School of Cinematic Arts
The USC School of Cinematic Arts, until 2006 named the School of Cinema-Television , is a film school within the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California. It is the oldest and largest such school in the United States, established in 1929 as a joint venture with the Academy of...

 in Film Production.

Her documentaries include:
Tak for Alt - Survival of a Human Spirit, about Holocaust survivor turned civil rights activist Judith Meisel, which Bialis produced and co-directed with Broderick Fox and Sarah Levy, View from the Bridge: Stories from Kosovo, co-directed with John Ealer, and Refusenik.[

In 2003, Bialis founded the Foundation for Documentary Projects, a non-profit organization with the mission of creating documentaries and accompanying curricula about important historical and social issues. In 2007 Bialis left California for Israel, or made aliyah
Aliyah is the immigration of Jews to the Land of Israel . It is a basic tenet of Zionist ideology. The opposite action, emigration from Israel, is referred to as yerida . The return to the Holy Land has been a Jewish aspiration since the Babylonian exile...

, and is currently living in Sderot
Sderot is a western Negev city in the Southern District of Israel. According to the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics , at the end of 2009 the city had a total population of 20,700. The city has been an ongoing target of Qassam rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip...

, Israel and making a film that "follows the situation there through the eyes of young musicians who are living under the daily threat of Qassams."


  • Sderot: Rock in the Red Zone
    Sderot: Rock in the Red Zone
    Sderot: Rock in the Red Zone is the title of a documentary film scheduled for release in 2009 about the many rock and roll bands that have come out of Sderot, a town in southern Israel that has been under almost daily attack for many years by Qassam rockets fired from Gaza by Hamas and Islamic Jihad...

  • Refusenik (2008 film)
    Refusenik (2008 film)
    Refusenik is a 2008 documentary film by Laura Bialis that chronicles the struggle of Jews to emigrate from the Soviet Union in the 1960’s and 70’s...

  • Daybreak Berlin
  • Tak for Alt: Survival of a Human Spirit (1999) with Broderick Fox and Sarah Levy
  • Attitude

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