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Ronit Avni
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Ronit Avni is an award-winning filmmaker and human rights advocate. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Just Vision, a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing media coverage and support for Palestinian and Israeli efforts to end 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. 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.

Previously, Ronit trained human rights defenders worldwide to incorporate film into their advocacy efforts while working for Peter Gabriel’s human rights organization, WITNESS. She 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 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 Woodhull Fellow, a Young Global Leader through the World Economic Forum and a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Entries by Ronit Avni

Who Will Write Jerusalem's Story?

(197) Comments | Posted November 18, 2011 | 8:20 AM

While Jerusalem has always received its fair share of attention at the center of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, too often it is treated as an idealized symbol rather than a real place. In debates surrounding the future of the city, religious proclamations and lines on maps overshadow the needs...
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A Spring Forgotten

(1) Comments | Posted May 25, 2011 | 11:47 AM

Responding to the rising tide across the Arab world in his speech last Thursday, President Obama aptly directed his focus away from politicians and toward the people, from the "raw power of the dictator" to the "dignity of the street vendor." It was a convincing argument, driving home the President's...

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10 Unsung Nonviolence Visionaries of 2010

(6) Comments | Posted January 27, 2011 | 9:51 AM


"Most of these people will never make the headlines and their names will not appear in...

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From Budrus to Bilin: Arresting Heroes

(14) Comments | Posted October 14, 2010 | 11:02 PM

One stark lesson from the collapse of the Oslo process ten years ago is that no top-down approach to Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking will succeed without widespread support from the grassroots. Yet as talks predictably falter once again, the very civic leaders who are willing to risk their lives to promote a...

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What Is the Difference Between Bravery and Courage?

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2009 | 3:18 PM

*This post originally appeared in Eboo Patel's blog, On Faith.

"What is the difference between bravery and courage?"

I Googled this question recently.

Yahoo Answers replied, "The difference between bravery and stupidity can be very narrow. Not the case with courage."

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is filled with narrow...

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