DCP - HD - 2015 - Germany/Czech Republic - 72 min - Color

KOUDELKA, Shooting Holy Land

A film by Gilad BARAM

The film follows Koudelka in his journey photographing Israel and Palestine from one enigmatic and visually spectacular location to the next. In each location - soon to become a new “Koudelka Photo” - a scene unfolds, gradually introducing us to Koudelka’s method of working, his perception of the world he is documenting and the people he encounters.

A fascinating dialogue emerges between the moving images Baram films and Koudelka’s still photographs, as Baram places the photographer in his own breathtaking compositions. Austere images of landscape divided by concrete walls and barbed wire reveal the tragic absurdity of the infamous conflict.

Baram’s long-term documentation of the photographer on-field together with the exclusive use of Koudelka’s photographic archive result in a unique record that offers a rich and intimate look into the solitary creative process of one of photography’s greatest living masters.



Gilad Baram (b.1981) is an Israeli photographer, visual artists, and documentary filmmaker who divides his time between Berlin and Jerusalem. His work, focusing primarily on the changes in photography in the era of digital media, has won scholarships and prizes and has been exhibited in art venues worldwide. From 2009 to 2012, Baram worked as assistant to photographer Josef Koudelka. In the past he worked in Israeli film and TV production. His film, Koudelka Shooting Holy Land is his directorial debut.



Original language: English, Hebrew
Produced by: Nowhere Films & Produkce Radim Prochazka
With the participation of: Czech Television
In collaboration with: The Post Republic


Czech Television



Jihlava International Film Festival 2015 - Opus Bonum & First Lights


San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (US Premiere) - USA

Docaviv 2016 – Official selection (Israeli Premiere)

One World Festival 2016 – Czech Perspectives

Dok Fest Munchen (German Premiere) - Germany

FILAF – Official selection - France

Rencontres photographiques d'Arles - France

Corsica Docs - France

Click! Photography Festival - USA

Galway Film Fleadh (Irish Premiere) - Ireland

 Pacific Meridian Vladivosktok International Film Festival - Russia

Trondheim Dokumentarfestival - Norway

Brussels Art Film Fest -BAFF - Belgium


Trieste Film Festival - Italy

Rencontres du Film d'Art de St Gaudens - France

Institute of Contemporary Arts - (UK Premiere)

FIFA Festival International du Film sur l'Art - Canada