ZIVA POSTEC. The Editor Behind The Film Shoah

92 min, Documentary, Quebec, Canada, 2018
Directed byCatherine Hébert
Produced byChristine Falco - Les Films Camera Oscura
LanguagesFrench, English, German, Hebrew, Czech, Polish
Film subjects Arts & Culture , Portraits , Women
Regis du cinemas, general

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A little-known name linked to a film that was to profoundly shake up our notion of history. Ziva Postec devoted nearly six years of her life to editing Shoah: the epic opus by Claude Lanzmann that would shed harrowing new light on the extermination of the Jews during the Second World War. Delving into her memories, the editing room virtuoso—a survivor in her own way—tells her story for the first time, going behind the scenes of the monumental undertaking to bring previously unseen footage to the screen. Performing her task with a devotion bordering on obsession, Postec reveals herself as a humble heroine, one whose unwavering commitment and luminous intelligence contrast sharply with some of humanity’s darkest hours.



Written and Directed by : Catherine Hébert

Cinematography : Elric Robichon, Nathalie Moliavko-Visotzky and Vuk Stojanovic

Editing : Annie Jean

Sound Recording : Mélanie Gauthier

Sound Design : Mélanie Gauthier

Sound Mix : JeanPaul Vialard

Music : Ramachandra Borcar

Line Producer : Vuk Stojanovic

Produced by : Christine Falco – Les Films Camera Oscura


Financial Partners

SODEC Québec

Québec crédit d’impôt cinéma et télévision (gestion SODEC)

Fonds documentaire ROGERS

Téléfilm CANADA

Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec

Conseil des arts du Canada

Office national du film du Canada (ACIC)


Les Films du 3 mars



Catherine Hébert

Catherine Hébert is a maker of political and social documentary films. She has often filmed in Sub-Saharan Africa, taking an interest in the effects of war and violence against women, as well as exploring the intricate fabric of everyday life. Her films, particularly The other side of the country (2008) and Notes on a road less taken (2011), have earned critical acclaim and selections to numerous festivals, where they have won several awards.



Ziva Postec, The Editor Behind The Film Shoah, 92 min, 2018