ZIVA POSTEC, The Editor Behind The Film Shoah

92 min, Documentary, Quebec, Canada, 2108
Directed byHébert, Catherine
Produced byChristine Falco - Les Films Camera Oscura
LanguageOriginal version: French, English, German, Hebrew, Czech, Polish WITH english subtitles

Film details


In 2018, Claude Lanzmann, the maker of one of the most monumental cinematic works of all time, died. Although she spent decades in the titan’s shadow, Shoah editor Ziva Postec was an indispensable part of the project. She dedicated six years of her life, from 1979 to 1985, to constructing the right pace and sequence for 350 hours of footage documenting the “extermination process.” Postec recalls the gargantuan, painful and necessary task for Catherine Hébert’s camera, revealing the film’s profound impact on her personal life. Supplemented with previously unseen images from the making of Shoah, Ziva Postec is a moving portrait of an artist who went largely unnoticed, eclipsed by the towering presence of her male colleague. (Text : Charlotte Selb)



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)


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Hébert, Catherine

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.




  • Yesterday in Nyassan (24 min / 2016)
  • René Derouin (4 x 5 min / 2013)
  • On a Road Less Taken (94 min / 2012)
  • The Other Side of the Country (84 min / 2008)
  • He’s the Man (89 min / 2005)
  • La longue route de Julienne (23 min / 2008)
  • Le microcrédit en question (23 min / 2008)
  • Le visage que j’avais (26 min / 2006)
  • Mangos for Charlotte (23 min / 2004)
  • Tea at the Embassy (47 min / 2003)