Daniel Ziv is a documentary filmmaker, author & political commentator based in Bali, Indonesia, and a 2016 Yale World Fellow.
A native of Canada, Daniel moved to Jakarta in 1999 and spent over a decade documenting urban life in Indonesia’s bustling capital city as a writer, magazine editor & filmmaker.
His feature-length documentary, JALANAN, is a gritty, intimate portrait of Indonesia seen through the eyes of three Jakarta street musicians. It had its world premiere at the Busan International Film Festival, where it won the Best Documentary prize, and went on to screen at 63 other international film festivals in 31 countries, winning 12 awards. JALANAN became the first Indonesian documentary in history to receive a full theatrical release in commercial cinemas across the country, and directly impacted government policy.
Daniel founded and edited the popular, irreverent monthly Djakarta! – The City Life Magazine, and is author of the urban pop culture book Jakarta Inside Out, an Asian bestseller, and its follow-up volume, Bangkok Inside Out, which was banned by the Thai government for being "too realistic".
Daniel also spent a number of years working for international humanitarian aid and development agencies, including UNICEF, USAID and UN-OCHA. He holds an MA in Southeast Asian Studies from the University of London's School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), and is fluent in Indonesian.
In 2012, Daniel was named by leading global PR firm Burson-Marsteller as one of Indonesia’s 10 most influential voices on Twitter, the only non-Indonesian on the list. He is a regular speaker at the annual Ubud Writers Festival and a founding member of Hubud – Bali’s first co-working space. Daniel also served as co-curator and on-stage host of the annual TEDxUbud.
He is currently working on a book on Indonesian identity, to be published in Bahasa Indonesia by Bentang Pustaka, and producing and directing a new feature-length documentary, HIJAB NATION, an immersive, colorful journey into Indonesia's slide toward conservative Islam.