Ronit Avni

Founder at Just Vision

Ronit Avni

Ronit Avni

Founder at Just Vision

Biography

Ronit Avni is an award-winning filmmaker, media strategist and human rights advocate. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Just Vision, an organization dedicated to increasing media coverage and support for Palestinian and Israeli efforts to end the Occupation and the conflict without arms. Her work has been featured in major news outlets, including Newsweek, The Washington Post, The BBC, NPR and The Economist.Ronit produced the documentary film, Budrus, which was hailed in The New York Times as "this year's must-see documentary" and has won twelve international awards, including the Berlinale’s Panorama Audience Award Second Prize, the Special Jury Mention at the Tribeca Film Festival and the Audience Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival in 2010. Budrus premiered at the Cultural Bridge Gala at the Dubai International Film Festival in December 2009, followed by a keynote address by Her Majesty Queen Noor.

Ronit directed and produced the documentary film, Encounter Point, which received several awards including the San Francisco International Film Festival Audience Award for Best Documentary. Encounter Point has screened in more than 200 cities worldwide and continues to be widely used in classrooms and community centers in America and the Middle East.

Recently, Ronit’s team at Just Vision released the short film, My Neighbourhood, and a short film series called Home Front: Portraits from Sheikh Jarrah, in partnership with filmmaker Rebekah Wingert-Jabi.

Previously, Ronit trained human rights defenders worldwide to produce videos as tools for public education and grassroots mobilizing, as deterrents to further abuse and as evidence before courts and tribunals while working for Peter Gabriel’s human rights organization, WITNESS. Ronit co-edited the book, Video for Change: A Guide for Advocacy and Activism (Pluto Press, UK), with staff from WITNESS. Ronit’s essay, “Inverting the Shame-Based Human Rights Documentation Model in the Context of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict,” was published in the spring 2006 edition of American Anthropologist. Ronit now sits on the WITNESS board.

Ronit has been recognized with a variety of honors, including: the King Hussein Leadership Prize, Search for Common Ground’s Common Ground Award, the Circles of Change Award, Auburn Seminary’s Lives of Commitment Award and a Joshua Venture Fellowship for young, Jewish social entrepreneurs. She is currently a United Nation’s Global Expert through the Alliance of Civilizations, a Young Global Leader through the World Economic Forum and a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Ronit graduated with honors with a BA in Political Science from Vassar College. She received a Burnam Fellowship to intern at B’Tselem: the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories. Concurrently, Ronit volunteered for the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI).
Filmography - Feature Documentaries

My Neighbourhood (Executive Producer 2012)
Home Front: Portraits from Sheikh Jarrah (Co-Producer, Executive Producer 2011)
Budrus (Producer, Executive Producer 2009)
Encounter Point (Director, Producer, Executive Producer 2006)

Short Human Rights Films for Evidentiary Submissions or Public Education & Mobilization through WITNESS

Expelled (Associate Producer, 2001)
Following Antigone: Forensic Anthropology and Human Rights Investigations (Associate Producer, 2002)
Forgotten People (Associate Producer, 2001)
Fueling Abuse: Foreign Investment and Terror in Burma (Associate Producer, 2002)
Garifunas Holding Ground” (Writer/Producer, 2003)
Postcards from Peje (Associate Producer, 2001)
Refuge (Co-Producer, 2001)
A Right to Justice (Associate Producer, 2001)
Rise (Writer/Producer, 2002) Ronit equipped the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan with a hidden camera in March 2001 while working for the human rights organization, WITNESS. When the U.S. invaded Afghanistan, RAWA sent footage to Ronit to produce "Rise".
The Road to Pineapple (Associate Producer, 2001)
Rule of the Gun in Sugarland (Associate Producer, 2001)
Set Apart (Senior Producer, 2001)
The Soul Eaters (Senior Producer, 2001)
Youth Interrupted (Associate Producer, 2001)

Broadcasts

Al Jazeera English, Worldwide, 2012 (My Neighbourhood)
HBO, Latin America, 2011 (Budrus)
CBC, Canada, 2011 (Budrus)
Tour de Force, Norway, 2011 (Budrus)
Link TV, USA, 2011 (Budrus)
TVP, Poland, 2011 (Budrus)
RTV, Slovenia, 2011 (Budrus)
VRT, Belgium, 2011 (Budrus)
Canal Futura, Brazil, 2009 (Encounter Point)
STV Sweden, 2008 (Encounter Point)
BeTV Belgium, 2008 (Encounter Point)
Al Arabyia, Arab World, 2007 (Encounter Point)
CBC, Canada, 2007 (Encounter Point)
Canal +, Poland, 2007 (Encounter Point)
KBS, Korea, 2007 (Encounter Point)Awards

Budrus

King Hussein Leadership Prize, 2009
Winner, Panorama Audience Award Second Prize, Berlin International Film Festival, 2010
Winner, Special Jury Mention, Tribeca Film Festival, 2010
Winner, Audience Award, San Francisco International Film Festival, 2010
Winner, Honorable Mention for Best Documentary in the Spirit of Freedom Award, Jerusalem International Film Festival, 2010
Winner, Witness Award at Silverdocs Film Festival, 2010
Winner, Honorable Mention of the Jury, Documenta Madrid 10
Winner, Amnesty Italia Award, Pesaro Film Festival, 2010
Winner, Founders Prize, Best of Fest, Nonfiction, Traverse City Film Festival, 2010
Winner, Checkpoints Award, Bergen International Film Festival, 2010
Winner, Festival des Libertés Prize, Festival des Libertés, 2010
Winner, Spirit of Freedom Documentary Award, Bahamas International Film Festival, 2010
Circles of Change Award, 2010
The Common Ground Award, 2010
Winner, Amnesty's Matter of Act Human Rights Award, Movies That Matter Film Festival, 2011
Winner, Jury Award for Excellence in Documenting a Human Rights Issue, Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival, 2011
The Henry Hampton Award for Excellence in Film and Digital Media, 2011
The Ridenhour Documentary Film Prize, 2011

Encounter Point

Winner Audience Award Best Documentary at San Francisco International Film Festival, 2006
Winner Audience Award Best Documentary at Rencontres International Film Festival, 2006
Winner Spirit of Freedom Award, Bahamas International Film Festival, 2006
Winner Best Musical Score at Bend Film Festival, 2006
Winner Grand Jury Prize, Best Documentary at São Paulo Jewish Film Festivals, 2007
Winner Best First Documentary, Docupólis Film Festival (Barcelona), 2007

Film Festivals (selected)
My Neighbourhood

Tribeca Film Festival, 2012
Al Jazeera Documentary Film Festival, 2012

Home Front: Portraits from Sheikh Jarrah

Aspen ShortsFest, 2012

Budrus

Dubai International Film Festival, 2009
Berlin International Film Festival, 2010
Tribeca Film Festival, 2010
HotDocs Film Festival, 2010
Panorama Audience Award Second Prize, Berlin International Film Festival, 2010
San Francisco International Film Festival, 2010
Jerusalem International Film Festival, 2010
Silverdocs Film Festival, 2010
Documenta Madrid, 2010
Pesaro Film Festival, 2010
Traverse City Film Festival, 2010
Bergen International Film Festival, 2010
Festival des Libertés, 2010
Bahamas International Film Festival, 2010
Human Rights Watch International Film Festival London, 2010
Thessaloniki International Film Festival, 2010
E Tudo Verdade/It’s All True Film Festival, 2010
Sydney Film Festival, 2010
Planete Doc Review, 2010
Documentarist Film Festival, Istanbul, 2010
DokuFest Kosovo, 2010
Woods Hole Film Festival, 2010
Rhode Island International Film Festival, 2010
EBS International Documentary Festival, Korea, 2010
Festival do Rio, 2010
Take One Action Film Festival, 2010
Mumbai International Film Festival, 2010
Festival des Libertes, 2010
Jihlava International Documentary Festival, 2010
St. Louis International Film Festival, 2010
Milwaukee International Film Festival, 2010
Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival, 2010
Jakarta International Film Festival, 2010
Bend Film Festival, 2010
Toronto Palestine Film Festival, 2010
Boston Palestine Film Festival, 2010
Arab Film Festival, 2010
Rehoboth Beach Film Festival, 2010
Ad Hoc: Inconvenient Films, 2010
One World Film Festival, 2010
Lens Politica Film Festival, 2010
Doha Tribeca Film Festival, 2010
Reykjavik International Film Festival, 2010
Camden International Film Festival, 2010
Palestine Human Rights Film Festival, 2010
Global Peace Film Festival, 2010
International Women's Film Festival, 2010
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, 2010
Movies That Matter Film Festival, 2011
Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival, 2011

Encounter Point

Tribeca International Film Festival (New York), 2006
Hot Docs Film Festival (Toronto), 2006
San Francisco International Film Festival, 2006
Dubai International Film Festival, 2006
Jerusalem International Film Festival, 2006
São Paulo International Film Festival, 2006
Vancouver International Film Festival, 2006
Rencontres Film Festival (Montreal), 2006
Al Jazeera Documentary Film Festival (Doha), 2007
UK Jewish Film Festival, 2007
International Festival of Muslim Cinema (Kazan, Russia), 2007
Docupolis Int. Film Festival (Barcelona, Spain), 2007
7 Islands International Film Festival (Mumbai, India), 2008
Petra Film Festival (Petra, Jordan), 2008

Rise

Women’s Film Festival (Seoul), 2002
LadyFest (San Francisco), 2002
MAKOR, Mediarights.org series about Afghanistan (New York), 2002
Globalvisions Film Festival (Edmonton), 2002
Excerpts featured at Human Rights Watch International Film Festival (New York), 2002
PBS's World At Large broadcast excerpts of (Rise)

Forgotten People

Winner, Henry Hampton Award for Excellence in Film and Digital Media (Hamptons), 2001
Sprout Film Festival (New York), 2003

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Education
BA in Political Science with Honors

Vassar College is a highly selective, residential, coeducational liberal arts college. Consistently ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the country, founded in 1861. Vassar is renowned for pioneering achievements in education, for its long history of curricular innovation, and for the beauty of its campus.

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Career History
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WITNESS MAKES IT POSSIBLE FOR ANYONE, ANYWHERE TO USE VIDEO AND TECHNOLOGY TO PROTECT AND DEFEND HUMAN RIGHTS.

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Council on Foreign Relations, Inc. provides and disseminates ideas on foreign policies to individuals, corporate members, journalists and policy makers. It operates a forum for government officials, students and other interested parties to study and discuss world issues and impact on American foreign policies. The company publishes Foreign Affairs, a magazine that comes out six times a year, along with books and studies by its own scholars. Council on Foreign Relations was founded in 1921 and is headquartered in New York City, NY.

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Center for Community Change promotes leadership, voice and power for low-income communities to confront vital issues. The company was founded in 1968 and is headquartered in Washington, DC.

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