The Oslo Diaries

Dirs. Mor LoushyDaniel Sivan | 97 min
Documentary Canada / Israel 2018 EnglishHebrewArabic with English subtitles Sneak Preview

Wednesday, September 57:30 PM E Street Cinema

In 1992, with Israeli-Palestinian relations at an all-time low and any communication between the two sides punishable by jail time, a small group of Israelis and Palestinians gathered secretly in Oslo for a series of meetings that came to be known as The Oslo Accords and dramatically changed the political landscape of the Middle East.

Articulated through readings of the participants’ diaries from the time and airing on the 25th anniversary of the Accords, this geopolitical story features never-before-seen archival footage and exclusive interviews with key players, including the last on-camera conversation with former Israeli president Shimon Peres. A riveting account of talks that spanned a period of 1,100 days, the film offers a resonant portrait of diplomacy and the delicate nature of peace.

Screening followed by a conversation with directors Mor Loushy and Daniel Sivan, and producers Hilla Medalia and Ina Fichman.

Co-presented by Jewish-Islamic Dialogue Society of Washington (JIDS)


Screening followed by a conversation with directors Mor Loushy and Daniel Sivan, and producers Hilla Medalia and Ina Fichman.

Mor Loushy is an award-winning Israeli director. Her debut film, Israel Ltd (2009), premiered at IDFA and was broadcast worldwide. Her latest documentary, Censored Voices (2015), won an Ophir Award for best documentary. Censored Voices premiered at Sundance Film Festival and screened at BFI London and IDFA and released theatrically worldwide.

Daniel Sivan is an award-winning Israeli director/producer known for his critical social-political documentaries. His works include Censored Voices (Sundance, Berlinale, BFI), Offside (Tribeca, IDFA), and The Patriot. He recently edited Death in the Terminal (executive produced by Mark Boal and Megan Ellison)—winner of an Ophir Award and a Hot Docs best mid-length documentary award.

Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Hilla Medalia has received three Emmy® nominations. Her projects have garnered critical acclaim and screened internationally in theaters and on television, including HBO, MTV, BBC, and ARTE. Her range of titles include To Die in Jerusalem 2007 (HBO), After the Storm 2009 (MTV), Numbered 2012 (ARTE), Dancing in Jaffa 2013 (Tribeca, IFC Sundance selects), Web Junkie 2014 (Sundance Film Festival, POV (PBS), BBC), The Go Go Boys 2014 (Cannes Film Festival), Censored Voices 2015 (Sundance Film Festival, Berlinale), Muhi – Generally Temporary 2017 (SF Film Festival, HotDocs, IDFA), and The Oslo Diaries 2018 (Sundance Film Festival).

Hilla is a mentor for the NFCT’s Business Card Program for Emerging Filmmakers, where she acts as lector and judge at film festivals and forums. She is also a member of The American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and a board member of The Israeli Academy of Film and Television and The Israeli Director’s Guild. Medalia holds a Master of Arts from Southern Illinois University.

For twenty-five years, veteran producer/ executive producer Ina Fichman has been producing award-winning documentary and fiction films for Intuitive Pictures, a Montreal-based company specializing in international co-productions that is dedicated to producing quality film, television, and interactive productions. Some critically acclaimed features produced by Intuitive Pictures in the recent years included Mabul (The Flood), Monsoon, The Wanted 18, and Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt. Interactive productions include the web project 100% TShirt, the interactive graphic novel The Wanted 18, and Space Advisor: a Guide to Space Tourism. Intuitive Pictures recently completed the documentary Game Fever and the company’s current productions include Laila at the Bridge, The Oslo Diaries, The Patriot, Shekinah 2, and Gift.

Ina currently sits on the boards of the CMPA, Canada’s producers’ association and DOC Quebec. She is a founder of FCTNM (Montreal Women in Film) and WIFTI ( Women in Film and TV International).


  • In pretty much all realms, we need to relearn the kind of brave and fragile process that was at the heart of the 1993 Olso Peace Accords.The Stranger



This event finished on September 6, 2018.