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"It all started when a large advertising agency asked me to draw a famous model into a "Wanted - Dead or Alive" poster for a TV commercial.

Even though I was desperate for a job, I had to be honest, and say that I didn't know how to draw a composite police sketch. They sent me to the Tel Aviv police headquarters, where I became acquainted with their facial parts kits.
It wasn't at all what the advertising people had in mind.
Needless to say, I didn't get that job, but I was introduced to art's most fascinating branch."

A Holocaust hero rescued from obscurity

A picture of Pavel Frankel, the leader of the Beitar uprising in the Warsaw Ghetto has been "located" after 61 years. This is not an authentic photo that has suddenly surfaced, but a portrait drawn by a police artist based on descriptions provided by the last remaining people who knew him.


Yom Kippur war project

This clip was part of a TV program marking the 35th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War. Gibli was asked to interview a soldier in that war, who described to him the face of his "savior"- the first soldier to give him water, after he crawled wounded in the Golan heights for five days. The man, later located with the help of the sketch, couldn't even remember the incident, which had such a great impact on the wounded soldier's life.

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No. 17 is Anonymous

A production crew of four people decided to identity the 17th victim killed in a suicide terrorist attack, and buried in an unmarked grave. This film documented over a period of six months the search for the identity of a badly mutilated body, when no missing person was reported. The crew, in coordination with the police, turned to Gil Gibli, who interviewed each of the three surviving witnesses, and drew a portrait, later identified as Eliyahu (Eliko) Timsit, may his memory be blessed.


Gibli's unique system of questioning and compositing an image based on eyewitnesses

My name is Gil Gibli and I have developed a system for interrogation and compositing an image based on eye witness description which I have refined into a patent pending form. My first encounter with the common police methods brought me to the conclusion that something is wrong with systems based on scientific cognitive approach or relying on the eye witness' fine detail description...