In 2007, expanding on his existing journalistic work in Indonesia, Daniel began producing and directing documentary films.
His first release was the TV documentary 'Street Ballad: A Jakarta Story' (2012), which had its television premiere on the acclaimed PBS series 'Global Voices', It was chosen by the New York Times as one of the Best Non-Fiction TV Shows of 2012.
His debut feature-length documentary, JALANAN (2013) 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 60 other international film festivals, winning 12 awards. JALANAN became the first Indonesian documentary in history to received a theatrical release in Indonesian commercial cinemas across the country.
JALANAN also had unprecedented political impact for an Indonesian documentary: the film was adopted by Jakarta's popular maverick Governor, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama ('Ahok'), who organized a gala screening of JALANAN at City Hall for 300 of his administration's most senior officials. Immediately after the screening, the Governor called a press conference and announced five major policy changes in how his administration would treat the city's marginalized poor.
Canada's national broadcaster CBC aired this prime time 7-minute news piece on JALANAN's unique impact in Indonesia, and on the film's Canadian director/producer Daniel Ziv.
Daniel's next film, HIJAB NATION, is an immersive journey through Indonesia and a investigative look into the reasons why tens of millions of Indonesian women have chosen to start wearing the Muslim traditional headscarf over the past decade.