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Hilla Medalia

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B.A., Radio and Television

M.A., Professional Media Practice,


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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. Among 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) and 'The Go Go Boys' 2014 (Cannes Film Festival). Her latest film, 'Censored Voices' 2015, has premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and Berlinale and was released theatrically in the US, France, UK and Germany. Medalia holds a Master of Arts from the Mass Communication Professional Media Practice Department - Radio and TV from Southern Illinois University (Graduated in 2004). 

The role SIU education had in my life:

I am originally from Israel. A big part of who I am today and my work is influenced by my time at SIU. 

My first film that really launched my career - To Die in Jerusalem - started as my graduate thesis film. 

But beyond that, all the projects we did for alt.news, and the freedom to experience lead me to focus on the films I do today.