About Yulari Films

The faces behind Yulari Films: Ruthie Shatz and Adi Barash.

Yulari Films (Was previously Fig Films, Before Yul and Ari were born). Founded in 2001 is dedicated to producing high quality, individualistic, and daring documentary films. The company is based in Tel-Aviv and New York, and is jointly owned by award-winning filmmakers Ruthie Shatz and Adi Barash.

Our partners and supporters are ARTE, YLE Finland, TVO Canada, RTF Austria, Sundance Channel USA, TV2 Denmark, VRT Belgium, TVO, Yes docu Israel, Channel 8-Noga Communications Israel, Channel 10 Israel, SKY Japan, VPRO Netherlands, FOX Italy, ITVS USA, Sundance Institute, Alter-Cine Fund, The Soros Fund, The Makor Fund , The New Fund For Cinema and Television.

Diamonds and Rust ,released in 2001, marks the duo’s documentary debut, telling the story of a diamond trawler off the coast of Namibia's, whose non-stop mining is muddied by politics and fraught with racial tension. The film won several international prizes including The 2001 SCAM Prix at the Cinema du Reel Film Festival, Paris and the Golden Gate Award at The San Francisco Film Festival 2001. Diamonds and Rust screened on numerous TV stations worldwide, including ARTE’s Grand Format strand,YLE, TVO, RTF, Sundance Channel and others.

In 2004, they completed their second film, Garden, which follows the extraordinary friendship of Nino and Dudu, young male sex workers in downtown Tel Aviv. Garden screened at over 70 film festivals including Sundance Film Festival, IDFA, Yamagata, Hotdocs and Locarno. The film won several awards including: Best Documentary, NewFest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival; Award of Excellence at Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival and Best Documentary at the Turin Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Garden was screened internationally on ARTE's Grand Format strand, Sundance Channel, YLE, TV2, VRT, TVO and Channel 8-Noga Communications.

Foreman vs Foreman is a film about a young, Russian-Jewish boxer on his way to becoming the world’s first rabbi-boxing champion. Filmed in Brooklyn-New York, this documentary was screened on Channel 10, Israel.

The Collaborator and his Family (2011) follows a Palestinian family whose father, has been a collaborator with the Israeli security services for 20 years. The film is supported by ITVS, ARTE, France, yes docu Israel, The Makor Fund for Israeli films and TVO, Canada and SKY Japan. The film premiered at Visions du reel Film Festival in NYON, Switzerland, followed with a North American premier at Hot Docs Canada. Won numerous awards including The Grand Jury Award at YAMAGATA.

The Healers ( in post – production) is a six-part documentary series about resident medical workers at Israel’s biggest hospital. Focused on everyday life both at work and after work at this demanding Tel Aviv medical centre, The Healers looks at the hardships and sacrifices that young doctors face. yes docu Israel