Born in Paris, and having studied art history and finance, Yolande Zauberman began working in cinema alongside director Amos Gitaï. In 1987 she directed her first documentary about Apartheid in South Africa, Classified People, which won numerous awards including the Audience Award at Entrevues. Her second film, Caste criminelle (1989), shot in India, was selected in Cannes. Four years later, she directed her first fiction film in Yiddish, Ivan & Abraham (1993), which received the Golden Fish at the Moscow Film Festival and the Youth Award in Cannes. Her 2011 film Would You Have Sex with an Arab? was shown in Venice and her last one, M, won the Special Jury Prize at Locarno in 2018.