Born in Morocco in 1955, Simone Bitton and her family emmigrated to Israel when she was 11 years old. In 1976, Bitton moved to France to study film at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinematographiques.
From France, her adopted country, Bitton tirelessly crosses the Mediterranean filming the history, culture and peoples of North Africa and the Middle East. Profoundly engaged in research on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and deeply immerged in the two societies, she has created over 20 documentary films, which have been distributed throughout Europe, Israel and the Arab world.
Bitton created the acclaimed historical series about Palestine called Story of a Land in 1990. She also produced cinematic portraits of famous Egyptian musicians Oum Kalsoum, Mohamed Abdelwahab and Farid al-Atrache, of the Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwich, of disappeared Moroccan leader Mehdi Ben Bark and of Knessett deputy Azmi Bishara.
In 1999, Bitton created l’Attentat (The Bombing) with the parents of Israeli and Palestinian victims of a suicide attack in Jerusalem. She considers this film her personal manifesto against war and injustice in the Middle East.
She is now preparing a biographical film about the poet-psychiatrist Frantz Fanon, who was “born a Martiniquais and died an Algerian.”