Zarai Media Productions is the media production company of Maurice Chayut, founded in 1983 in New York and since 2011 based in the Netherlands.
Zarai creates stories in moving images and words: documentaries primarily for national and international television broadcast and commissioned films for companies, non-profit organizations and individuals.
WHAT WE DO
Zarai Media Productions produces and direct documentaries and short films showcasing social and political relevant themes and cultural in-depth stories, blending the best journalism investigation with narrative film making. Our aim is to create compelling visual stories that provoke thought and debate.
Zarai explores stories behind the news that complete the picture of events taking place around the world today. From investigative reporting and social political affairs - both from a current and historical perspective – to biographies of people and cultural in-depth stories
Zarai's productions are primarily made for national and international broadcasters.
We are always interested in pursuing collaborations on documentary projects. You are welcome to contact us if you have an interesting idea for co-production.
Zarai Media Productions distinguish it selves by its broad interest, solid knowledge, research qualities and long-term experience. We are dedicated to storytelling and know how to turn stories into great films. Our specialty is to combine words and images and the mix of film and still photography.
We create our film productions with a team of experienced filmmakers, still photographers, editors, musicians and graphic designers.
Zarai makes films for companies, non-profit organizations and individuals. These works include corporate films, promotion films, informative films, documentaries and portraits.
Zarai Media Productions has an extensive network and experience in all facets of producing and working on international locations with international crew members.
Zarai provides services in the field of: research for project-content and production, (script-) development, project planning and budgeting, film crew and equipment, editing and post production.
EVIL IS BACK
Sixty-nine years after the nightmare of the holocaust, Anti-Semitism is back and escalating in Europe. For the holocaust survivors it is a reminder of the 1930’s, for their children it is a new phenomena that frightens them.
This one-hour film will tell the stories and the fear in the Jewish communities through out Europe. Through personal stories it will expose these phenomena that few people admits it is real. Is the notion that peace in the Middle East will stop this Anti-Semitism is true?
WAITING FOR A MIRACLE
In 1948 War of independence the residents of Iqrit and Biram were asked by the Israeli defense forces to leave their village for two weeks, until the area will be cleared and safe.
They were never allowed to return and they never stopped fighting to return. Even though the supreme court ruled to let them back in 1951, they villages were destroyed. What are left are the churches and the cemeteries, and the people are still using them.
It a story of a building, a church and a cemetery that unite a community through out their struggle to get back their land. Every descendent from the villages uses the churches to pray, marry, baptize and commune. When they die they are all buried in the village cemetery. These are the only two villages who are Israeli citizen and are still fighting to get back their villages, what make them so unique?
Maurice studied film in Tel Aviv and New York. Established in 1983 his production company in New York and started an intensive collaboration with Ofra Bikel; one of America's leading journalists. Together they made over 20 documentaries for the PBS flagship current affairs series ‘Frontline’.
Their subjects ranged from international social political affairs to the investigation of the US criminal justice system. The material was broadcasted around the world, and continues to remain in libraries and educational institutions worldwide.
Numerous productions won notable recognition including 6 Emmy awards and other prestigious awards.
Since 2011 Maurice works from the Netherlands. With his inter-cultural background, solid knowledge, long-term experience and proven craftsmanship he is dedicated to projects that complete the picture of events taking place around the from a political, social and cultural perspective.
A glimpse on thirty years film making
A 55 minutes documentary on the history and the struggle of the guest workers and their children’s to integrate into Western-Europe. Their personal story and the difficulties they have to overcome to become fully accepted in their new countries. Is their religion the biggest obstacle? Why many of the second generation become more religious than their parents, does rejection by the indigenous Europeans is why?
Western-Europe in confusion
2013 - NTR | Zarai Media Productions
2013 - Western-Europe in confusion
A second generation Muslim immigrant travels in western-Europe to investigate the success of the integration of her generation. What they experience growing up in Europe, from racism to discrimination and did they overcome the obstacles of being a Muslim in western Europe? Are they successful in their struggle to be accepted as European?
Western-Europe in confusion
2012 - NTR | Zarai Media Productions
2012 - Western-Europe in confusion
Ballet dancer Britt Juleen dance to Johann Sebastian Bach “impala” at the Holland Dance Festival at The Hague. A blend of moving images and stills, the result of incorporation of cinematography and photography.
Britt & Bach
2012 - Zarai Media Productions
2012 - Britt & Bach
A month after Sharon suffered a devastating stroke, Ehud Olmert (who replaced Sharon as Israel prime minister), his wife Aliza and son Shaul all sat down for wide-ranging and intimate interviews with Frontline. All three reveals the complex dynamic of this family, which in many ways represents the emotional and political landscape of Israel itself.
The unexpected candidate
2006 - Frontline
2006 - The unexpected candidate
On October 3, 1995, an estimated 150 million people stopped what they were doing to witness the televised verdict of the O.J. Simpson trial. For more than a year, the O.J. saga transfixed the nation and dominated the public imagination. Ten years later, Frontline revisits the "perfect storm" that was the O.J. Simpson trial and explores the verdict which measured the difference between being white and black in America.
The O.J. verdict
2005 - Frontline
2005 - The O.J. verdict
The real American justice system is unlike anything depicted on Law & Order and Court TV, only about 5% of all felony convictions result from jury trials. The rest are settled by plea bargains. And these deals aren't always to the defendant's advantage. The Plea tells several stories - different people, different charges, different parts of the country, all with one thing in common: the difficult dilemma of confronting a plea.
2004 - Frontline
2004 - The plea
After years of wrongful imprisonment, what awaits men who are released after their innocence is finally proved. Frontline tracks down five exonerated men to learn how they have fared following their highly publicized releases. The program examines the social, psychological, and economic challenges these men now face, the vast majority of them without any financial or transitional assistance from the states that imprisoned them.
The burden of innocence
2003 - The burdon of innocence
"If his mother had named him John, he wouldn't be in prison today," says defense attorney Richard Price, referring to his former client Terence Garner. In An Ordinary Crime Frontline investigates the bizarre case of Terence Garner. It is a story that seems fit for a novel, with unforgettable characters, plot twists and timeless themes. Only it isn't fiction. The facts of the story are all too real.
An ordinary crime
2003 - Frontline
2003 - An ordinary crime
In December 2000, after spending 14 years on death row, Frank Lee Smith was finally cleared of the rape and murder of 8-year-old Shandra Whitehead. Like nearly 100 prisoners before him, Smith's exoneration came as a result of DNA testing unavailable when he was first convicted. But the good news came too late: Ten months before he was proven innocent, Smith died of cancer in prison, just steps away from Florida's electric chair.
Requim for Frank Lee Smith
2002 - Frontline
2002 - Requiem for Frank Lee Smith
November 25, 1999, a 5-year-old Cuban boy was plucked from the shark infested waters off Florida, and what began as a Thanksgiving story soon erupted into a political and social firestorm that transfixed the nation and rocked Miami's Cuban-American community to its core. Frontline examines the passion and the purpose behind the battle over Elian Gonzalez and its effect on the Miami community and the Cuban-American cause.
2001 - Frontline
2001 - Saving Elian
In this program Frontline examine four compelling cases in which DNA evidence that could exonerate a prisoner was ignored, discounted or kept secret by the prosecutors and the police. Only after a long fight in the court Three succeed and their convictions were overturned. One did not and he was executed after he lost all appeals to have his DNA examine.
The case of innocence
2000 - Frontline
2000 - The case of innocence
"Snitch" investigates how a fundamental shift in the country's anti-drug laws -- including federal mandatory minimum sentencing and conspiracy provisions--has bred a culture of snitching that is in many cases rewarding the guiltiest and punishing the less guilty. How informants have become a key part of prosecutorial strategy in the drug war.
1999 - Frontline
Frontline revisits the defendants in the Little Rascals Day Care sexual abuse case and reports on how each of them, while accused of the same crimes, have met with dramatically different fates. 'Innocence Lost: The Plea' reveals what has become of those caught up in this controversial case.
Innocence lost: The plea
1997 - Frontline
Frontline untangles the mysterious web of satanic ritual abuse, psychiatric treatment, and insurance claims that escalated into millions of dollars. Were these professed victims of secret satanic cults really helped by the psychiatric care they received?
The search for satan
1995 - Frontline
Divided Memories, examines the complicated issue of repressed memory, looking at what we know about memory and the way it works. The program examines the different kinds of therapies used to help patients remember - age-regression therapy, past-life therapy and hypnosis. It looks at the effects that remembered abuse has had on the families involved and explores how we distinguish real memories from those, which are not true.
1995 - Frontline
1995- Divided memories
The Innocent Lost series continues, focusing on the testimony of the 12 children who took the stand, the questioning by prosecutors and defense attorneys, and the jurors' decisions on what they heard. The program reveals the deeply troubling ambiguities that remain unresolved after the guilty verdict is found and raises questions about the ability of our society and our legal system to face the challenges child sexual abuse cases present.
Innocence lost: The verdict
1993 - Frontline
Frontline explores how Clarence Thomas's bitter Supreme Court nomination hearing, replete with charges of sexual harassment, reached deep into the psyche of black America. The program finds that the dynamics of race-being black in America-were inescapably at the heart of the story and that little common understanding existed in the way blacks and whites viewed the nomination battle.
Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill
1992 - Frontline
What has happened to the small town of Edenton, North Carolina, now that its most prestigious day-care has been closed down because of charges of sexual abuse? Frontline examines the painful personal story of a divided community, the tangled roots of the charges, and the history of the investigation in this highly controversial case.
1991 - Frontline
In the summer of 1989, Poland astonished the world by starting the revolution which has swept Eastern Europe. Solidarity, the once-banned independent trade union, took power in a coalition government ending 45 years of Communist repression. In this report, Frontline examines a society attempting something which has never been done-changing overnight from Communism to capitalism.
Poland: The morning after
1990 - Frontline
England is a country divided. One in five workers in northern England is unemployed, while in the south of the country, power, privilege prevail. Frontline explores Britain's social structure, cultural values, and attitudes toward enterprise and work.
Will there always be an England
1988 - Frontline
Exactly 20 years after Israel defeated Arab forces in the June 1967 Six-Day War, Frontline examine how, despite Israel's smashing victory in that war, many Israelis felt that something had gone wrong in the time since then. As the film relates, the conquest of the holy places in the Six-Day War sparked a religious awakening and the number of religious fundamentalists and their influence grew tremendously.
Israel: The price of victory
1987 - Frontline
Much of the debate over the role of the U.S. in Central America focuses on this tiny nation about which 'we know so much, but we know so little.' In this report, Frontline takes us into the heart of El Salvador to examine the politics and the people the U.S. government supports there.
Captive in El Salvador
1983 - Frontline
During the previous decade, 100,000 Russians came to America to live. Here they found a more difficult freedom than Americans might imagine. Frontline's portrait of this émigré community reveals the conflicting values, which underpin American and Soviet societies.
The Russians are here
1983 - Frontline
1983 - The Russians are here
The relations between a criminal and a councilor who is trying to get him out of his gang. for the last time tells the story how promises are broken and the power of belonging to a criminal gang is more powerful than being an ordinary citizen.
Winner of the first prize in the Israeli Film Festival 1982; short film category.
For the last time
1982 - Zarai Media Productions
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