Eliyahu Ungar-Sargon (Writer, Director, Cinematographer) grew up in an Orthodox Jewish family in Brookline, MA. When he was 13 years old, his family moved to Israel where he lived until he was 19. Upon earning his Bagrut matriculation, Eliyahu decided not to serve in the Israeli Defense Forces with his peers choosing instead to study Medicine in the UK. Three years into his MD degree, he decided to abandon Medicine to pursue a career in film. After earning two degrees from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Eliyahu completed his first feature-length documentary, Cut: Slicing Through the Myths of Circumcision. He has since completed Generation Gap, a short, minimalist documentary about the impact of the Holocaust on three generations of his family. A People Without a Land is his second feature-length documentary.

 

Pennie Ungar-Sargon (Producer) grew up outside of Chicago and now lives in the city with her husband.  As a former Christian Zionist, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has always been of interest to her.  Pennie has a background in sales and marketing, and experience in documentary production and distribution. She founded White Letter Productions in 2007 and produced the critically acclaimed documentary Cut: Slicing Through the Myths of Circumcision.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology, studied medicine in England, and recently completed an MBA at DePaul University.