Just Vision

Just Vision is a nonprofit organization that informs local and international audiences about under-documented Palestinian and Israeli joint civilian efforts to resolve the conflict nonviolently.

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Just Vision discussion following Encounter Point screening - Yafo, Feb 23, 08

Just Vision engages three key constituencies: the grassroots, the general public and persons of influence. In so doing, we create opportunities for religiously, culturally and politically diverse North American, Arab and Israeli communities who care about the future of the Middle East to come together to constructively support change in non-partisan ways. Our staff and board are comprised of Jews, Muslims and Christians, including Israelis and Palestinians. Our offices are located in Jerusalem and New York with one colleague telecommuting from Washington, DC.

Engaging the Public

As the first of a series of video and multi-media pieces highlighting Palestinian and Israeli civic peace builders, Just Vision launched our feature-length documentary film, Encounter Point, in April 2006 to sold-out audiences at the Tribeca Film Festival. The movie tells the story of ordinary Palestinians and Israelis who overcome personal tragedies and grief to work for peace. Since then, Encounter Point has won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Rencontres Film Festival in Montreal and at the San Francisco International Film Festival. Encounter Point has screened to over 10,000 people in 150 cities across North America and the Middle East as well as to millions when it broadcast on CBC Television in Canada and on Al Arabiya, one of the largest Arabic satellite stations in the world.

Hailed by Variety as a "Concise, intelligent documentary... that deftly avoids schmaltz in its delineation of grief and its celebration of cross-cultural activism," Encounter Point has received rave reviews in Variety, the Jerusalem Post, the Village Voice, TimeOut NY, the New York Times, LA Weekly, the Jewish Week, the Knoxville News Sentinel and more. The film explores issues of identity, fear, loss, personal history and transformation, non-violence, communication across divides, social movements and forgiveness. It also demonstrates some of the practical challenges and opportunities facing Palestinians and Israelis who wish to connect with one another – from linguistic barriers to violent attacks and intimidation. The film is meant to explore challenging issues, and to prompt audiences to ask questions. Since educators are often responsible for teaching their students about current events, this film can serve as an engaging, responsible, interesting and dynamic tool.

Just Vision publishes portraits of dozens of Palestinian and Israeli grassroots peace builders on our website. This resource enables journalists to learn about the field in an efficient manner, to search for interviewees according to languages spoken, issue areas or fields of work, and to conduct preliminary research on potential interviewees.

Finally, Just Vision reaches out to Israeli, Palestinian, broader Arab and American journalists to encourage them to report on nonviolent approaches to resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. From NPR to Al Jazeera, Just Vision has succeeded in getting Palestinian and Israeli nonviolent civic peace builders onto the airwaves to promote their efforts and their views. In April 2005, we were featured on and on the Oprah Winfrey Show to express our desire for more coverage of peace builders. Our work has received press attention from outlets ranging from the New York Times to Al Arabiya to the Jerusalem Post.

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Comment by Narda Azaria Dalgleish on June 15, 2010 at 1:07pm
The documentary BUDRUS
Comment by Narda Azaria Dalgleish on June 15, 2010 at 12:59pm
A recent letter from Ronit Avni, founder of JustVision.

Dear Friends,

Events in the last week have once again highlighted the devastating consequences of the absence of a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the continued military occupation of the Palestinian people.

As many of you know, Just Vision's latest film, Budrus, chronicles a growing nonviolence movement in the West Bank that brings together the unlikeliest allies. It is a story about people with the moral courage to act, and the tenacity to succeed.

Ramallah and Jerusalem
Budrus will debut in Ramallah on July 7th followed by Jerusalem on July 9th and 10th - we hope you will join us. We've already received more than 40 invitations in the region from refugee camps, universities, film festivals, women's groups, NGOs and village leaders to screen the film followed by locally-led discussions about the potential of strategic nonviolence efforts to shift the status quo.

Budrus in Washington, DC
We're coming to DC! Please join us at the Silverdocs Film Festival on Thursday evening, June 24th, at 7:15pm and on Saturday, June 26th, at 4:00pm at the AFI Silver Theater 2 in Silver Spring, MD. Tickets are on sale now. The screenings will be followed by Q&A sessions with the filmmakers and protagonist/nonviolence leader Ayed Morrar. Help us pack the theaters by spreading the word.

Just Vision Breaks a Film Record
We are honored that Budrus won the San Francisco International Film Festival Audience Award for Best Documentary, which we had also won for our last film, Encounter Point. This is the first time that the same filmmakers have ever won this award twice! We also recently won the Honorable Mention of the Jury at Documenta Madrid in Spain. Visit for information about the upcoming Australian and Italian premieres of the film.

Get Involved
In order to meet the surging demand for Budrus, and to bring the stories of under-documented nonviolence leaders and peacebuilders to widespread communities, we need your help. Please consider making a generous tax-deductible donation to Just Vision today.

Just Vision is also hiring a Grants Manager. Visit for further information.

With appreciation,

Ronit Avni
Founder & Executive Director
Just Vision

PS: Human rights advocate and nonviolence practitioner Rabbi Arik Ascherman of Rabbis for Human Rights will be touring the U.S. through June 22nd. Contact for further details.

Our postal address is
1616 P Street NW Suite 340
Washington, District of Columbia 20036
United States
Comment by Mugaruka Maimona on July 7, 2008 at 7:06pm
Hello nice to meet this group
So great , it is good to share some experience about peace.

Thanks all Brothers and sisters.

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