• Qualifications: PhD, MA, BA
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer / Contextual Studies Lead / Research Lead – Screen Practice Research Group
  • Address: Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth PO1 2DJ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 5640
  • Email: yael.friedman@port.ac.uk
  • Department: School of Film, Media & Communication
  • Faculty: Creative and Cultural Industries


I am a lecturer within School of Creative Technologies at University of Portsmouth. In the past I taught for several years an MA course about Arab Cinemas in the School of Oriental Studies, University of London and a Film History course at Imperial College, London.  My background and interests combine film theory and practice.

Teaching Responsibilities

I currently teach contextual studies across the BA courses in Film Production (BAFP) and Animation, as well as practical units on non-fiction film making.


My research stems from a cultural studies approach to film. I am interested in the intersection of cinema and dominant discourses, economies of production and political and social environments. Thus far, both the documentary films I made and my academic research revolved around issues of identity, memory, migration and exile, primarily in Israel/Palestine. Theoretically, I place myself in the fields of Middle East Cinema, Transnational and Postcolonial studies and documentary theory and practice.

I am currently working on a book based on my PhD. research: Outsiders Within: Palestinian Filmmaking in Israel. I also continue an on-going research about the Haredi (Ultra-Orthodox) cinema in Israel. Both of these topics are related to types of minority and counter-hegemonic cinema.