Maital Guttman is a documentary filmmaker who was born in Israel and is now based in Los Angeles. She is passionate about bringing people together across boundaries, and has created documentary photographs and video in New Orleans, Thailand, Uruguay, Poland, Israel, Morocco, and Moldova. Her first film, entitled Mechina: A Preparation, explores the lives of 18-year old students in Israel who are preparing for their army service (www.mechinathemovie.com). She toured with the film nationwide to more than twenty-five thousands people at various high schools, colleges, and film festivals. Currently, she is producing Whatint Abafazi: When You Strike a Woman, a documentary about one South African woman's story of hope through the hardship of living with HIV (http://www.vimeo.com/1221891).