Ziva Postec: The Woman Who Edited Shoah

A film by Catherine Hebert | 2018 | 92 minutes

In 1985, Claude Lanzmann debuted one of the most monumental cinematic works of all time, SHOAH, the nine hour documentary on the Holocaust told through interviews with both perpetrators as well as survivors. Ziva Postec, the editor of SHOAH, was an indispensable part of the project. Postec dedicated six years of her life, from 1979 to 1985, working closely with Lanzmann, to construct the right pace and sequence for the 350 hours of footage. In this fascinating documentary, Postec talks about her work, including collaborations with filmmakers like Orson Welles and Alain Reinas. It’s a moving portrait of an artist who for a long time has largely gone unnoticed, eclipsed by the towering presence of her male colleagues.


“The untold story of the woman who helped make a landmark Holocaust film. The documentary explores what would drive someone to devote so many years of their life to such a grueling undertaking, and at what cost. It’s also a warm portrait of a fascinating life beyond her definitive cinematic achievement, one filled with leaps of faith, tragedy, obsession, and working relationships with some of the great artists of the time, including Alain Resnais and Orson Welles.”
— Hyperallergic