Israël Feferman was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he studied philosophy, politics and psychology. He arrived in Switzerland in 1989 and began learning audiovisual language, attending different courses on writing, directing, editing etc. As a member of Cinema Society of the University of Geneva, he directed his first documentary 1991: Grisélidis Real, maternal bonds and prostitution, about an exceptional woman who was a prostitute, a writer, a painter and the mother of four children. In 1996 he directed Bonne nuit, a short film dealing with the theme of intolerance through a conflict opposing two neighbours. Israël regularly collaborates with several institutions such as the University of Geneva, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, where he has cofounded an audiovisual unit with historians, the Agency for International Trade Information and Cooperation, for which he has directed many videos vulgarizing international trading laws. He is currently writing a new documentary project about the universal values conveyed by a specific form of cult in Africa.
Israël Feferman will participate in a discussion about socially engaged film, which will take place on Wednesday, 19th June 2013 at Kiberkino (Kiberpipa) at 7 pm. His film Descent into Paradise (Descente au Paradis) will be screened on Saturday, 15th June 2013 at 8 pm at Kiberkino (Kiberpipa).