Author and Philosopher
Bernard-Henri Lévy is a philosopher, activist, and filmmaker. His most recent book, The Empire and the Five Kings, will be published in English in the coming months. The Genius of Judaism appeared in 2017 and earlier works in English include Public Enemies (2012), Left in Dark Times (2008), American Vertigo (2006), Who Killed Daniel Pearl? (2003), and Barbarism with a Human Face (1979).His writing has appeared in a wide range of publications throughout Europe and the United States.
In 2016, his documentary, Peshmerga, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Filmed in 2015 along the thousand-kilometer front separating the Iraqi Kurds from the forces of the Islamic State, Peshmerga was the centerpiece of the New York Jewish Film Festival in January 2017. Lévy’s second documentary on Kurdistan explored the fight to re-take the city of Mosul from the Islamic State. The Battle of Mosul premiered in Europe in March 2017. Earlier documentaries include The Oath of Tobruk (2012) and Bosna! (1994).
Lévy is co-founder of the antiracist group SOS Racisme. He has served on diplomatic missions for the French government.