Daniel Ziv is a documentary filmmaker, author and political commentator based in Bali, Indonesia.
A native of Canada, Daniel moved to Jakarta in 1999 and spent a decade documenting urban life in Indonesia’s bustling capital city as a writer, magazine editor and filmmaker.
His debut feature-length documentary, JALANAN, is a gritty, intimate portrait of Indonesia seen through the eyes of three Jakarta street musicians. It recently had its world premiere at the Busan International Film Festival, where it won the Best Documentary prize.
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.
He also spent a number of years working for international humanitarian aid and development agencies, including UNICEF, USAID and UN-OCHA. Daniel holds an MA in Southeast Asian Studies from the University of London, and is fluent in Indonesian.
In 2012, he was named by leading global PR firm Burson-Marsteller as one of Indonesia’s 10 most influential voices on Twitter, the only non-Indonesian to make the list. Daniel is currently working on a book about Indonesian identity, to be published in Bahasa Indonesia by Bentang Pustaka. He is a regular speaker at the annual Ubud Writers & Readers Festival and a founding member of Hubud – Bali’s first co-working space. Daniel serves as co-curator and host of TEDxUbud, and as a creative consultant to Bali-based entertainment company Akarumput.