As a film editor, Ziva Postec was an indispensable part of Claude Lanzmann’s documentary Shoah (1985). She dedicated six years of her life, from 1979 to 1985, to construct the right pace and sequence for 350 hours of footage documenting the "extermination process." She is a portrait of an artist who was eclipsed by the towering presence of her male colleague.
Shoah (1985) by Claude Lanzmann established itself as one of the shocking documentary films in the 1980s. One of the many people involved in the film, editor Ziva Postec is dedicated to organize and arrange a vast amount of recorded film over 350 hours. She confronted a tremendous amount of pressure to complete the film. She struggles but finally ends it. The film also deals with her life and her family and allows us to see what an editor’s life is like. [LEE Sang-yong]
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