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Dalia Castel (born 1975) is an Israeli filmmaker based in Berlin. She grew up in Jerusalem and studied film editing in Tel Aviv. In 1998, her work on the award-winning movie “Urban Feel” (dir: Jonathan Sagall) was rewarded with a nomination for the Israeli Oscar – as the youngest editor ever. She lived and worked in Rome for 7 years. There, she started her directing career. From 2002 until 2007 she worked in collaboration with the Italian filmmaker Alessandro Cassigoli. Under the name “gotandafilm” they made various documentaries among them “Good Times” (2004) which won awards in more than 15 film festivals around the world, including Full Frame (US) and Dok Festival, Leipzig. In 2005 she moved to Berlin where she working for various productions, among them Freunde von Freunden, Studio Kalliope, Medienkontor and many more… At the same time, she independently produced and directed the film “Jerusalem for cowards” that won the “Preis der Autoren” of the Autorenstiftung in Frankfurt am Main 2014 and Best Feature Film in Boddinale festival 2015. As well as the experimental film “The Feed” 2017, and the video dance “As long as we are together. Her approach to storytelling is deeply influenced by her experience as an editor. Dalia is less interested in linear narratives than in the possible connections and analogies between different materials, she is curious to explore new ways of expression, that can go beyond the rigid format of conventional documentary making. She likes experimenting with different kinds of media and since 2018 she is also part of Trial and Theresa a feminist VJ-collective.