Hava Kohav Beller

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Hava Kohav Beller is a filmmaker with creative roots in the theater. Born in Germany and raised in Israel, she came to the U.S. to study at the Juilliard School. Today she lives and works in New York.

For her film The Restless Conscience, which was nine years in the making, Ms. Beller received several awards. In 1992, The Restless Conscience was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Documentary Feature.

In 1993, Ms. Beller was decorated by President Richard von Weizsäcker with the Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit (Das Grosse Bundesverdienstkreuz) of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Other awards came from the Petra Foundation at the American Institute of Arts and Sciences, from the American Film and Video Association, and from Women in Film, L.A. Ms. Beller was also presented with the Golden Eagle Award.

The Restless Conscience was first seen at the Sundance Film Festival. It opened at the Walter Reade Theater, Lincoln Center, New York on February 7th, 1992, and later at the Quad Cinema. It has since been seen in theaters throughout the United States, (Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Houston, Seattle, among others) and has been televised nationally on PBS.

It has been broadcast in Great Britain, Russia, Poland, France, Belgium, Denmark, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Finland, Portugal, Italy, Australia, Japan, Taiwan, Haiti, Israel, Turkey, Jordan, Latin America, and Africa. It has also been seen in Ireland, Canada, New Zealand and India. The Restless Conscience has been used in the federal educational system in Germany and Australia, and is being shown by American universities and colleges. The film has been translated into thirteen languages.

Her new film, The Burning Wall, had its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival 2002. It received the Best Documentary Award 2002 at the Hollywood Film Festival, and Best Documentary 2003 at the Anchorage International Film Festival.

It had its American Premiere at the Film Forum November 2002 in New York, and has been shown in theatres across the country. It has been broadcast in the United Kingdom (BBC), Germany, and Finland, and has been translated into several languages. It is being shown in universities, colleges and schools in the USA and Germany, followed by question-and-answer sessions with Ms. Beller.

THE BURNING WALL and The Restless Conscience are currently in national and international distribution.