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  • A selection from Encounter Point, directed by Ronit Avni and Julia Bacha

    The most important story in the Middle East is not being told on the nightly news. The true heroes of this conflict use something more powerful than bullets and bombs. This is the story of people who lost everything except the courage to face their enemies.

    05.10.08 | 21:09 GMTcomments

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    The most important story in the Middle East is not being told on the nightly news. The true heroes of this conflict use something more powerful than bullets and bombs. This is the story of people who lost everything except the courage to face their enemies.

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    Ronit Avni is the Founder and Executive Director of Just Vision, a nonprofit that widens the influence of Palestinian and Israeli grassroots peace builders. She has co-produced short videos and online video advocacy features in collaboration with filmmakers in Senegal, Burkina Faso, the United States and Brazil while working for Peter Gabriel's human rights organization, WITNESS. She wrote and produced a short documentary film, Rise, with the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan.

    Originally from Brazil, Julia Bacha came to New York in 1998 to study Middle Eastern history and politics at Columbia University. Alongside her academic studies, she pursued her interest in documentary photography by portraying life in Cuba, Kashmir, the Brazilian Amazon and the Blue Mountains in Jamaica. Julia Bacha recently co-wrote and edited the critically acclaimed documentary Control Room, about Al Jazeera's coverage of the latest war in Iraq, for which she was nominated for the 2005 Writer's Guild of America Award.
    Encounter Point

    Crew

    Director: Ronit Avni
    Co-Director: Julia Bacha
    Producers: Ronit Avni, Joline Makhlouf, Nahanni Rous
    Writer/Editor: Julia Bacha
    Co-Producers: Mickey Elkeles, Darius Fisher
    Filming: Mickey Elkeles, Ronit Avni, Julia Bacha, Labib Jazmawi
    Original Score: Kareem Roustom
    Sound Editor: Scott Freiman
    Assistant Editor: Ned Jaszi
    Associate Producer: Daniel Chalfen
    Executive Producer: Ronit Avni, Jehane Noujaim
    Sound: Tahrir Fakhr Eddin, Alex Epstein
    Production Assistants: Leora Gal, Jared Levine, Ana Rosansky
    Additional Photography: Tahrir Fakhr Eddin, Mohammad Fawzi, Lydia Khoury

    Featuring

    Ali Abu Awwad
    Sami Al Jundi
    Rutie Atsmon
    Robi Damelin
    George Sa'adeh
    Tzvika Shahak
    Aziz Tanji
    Shlomo Zagman

    Music

    Kinan Abou-Afach: Cello
    Tareq Aboushi: Buzuq
    Nathaniel Barrett: Cello
    Hanna Khoury: Violin
    Chloe Kline: Viola
    Karim Nagi: Percussion
    Kareem Roustom: 'Ud & Guitar
    Bassam Saba: Nay
    Jamal Sinno: Qannun
    Ilene Stahl: Clarinet
    Thafer Tawil: Percussion

    Recorded by Scott Freiman (Second Act Studio Irvington, NY), Rob Ruccia (Uptown Recording Chicago, IL),
    John Weston (Futura Productions Boston, MA)
    Original Score Mix: John Weston - Futura Productions, Boston, MA
    Sound Recording: Scott Freiman / Second Act Studio
    Score Produced by Kareem Roustom

    Credits

    Editing Studio: Sabreen Productions
    Main Title/Graphic Design: Robert Davidian
    Graphic Design: Cory Shaw
    Digital Intermediate Supervisor: Darius Fisher
    Digital Intermediate Coordinator: Melanie Franciosi
    Online Post Production & Motion Graphics: Digital Neural Axis
    Colorist: Teague Cowley
    Color Correction Services: Tunnel Post, Inc.
    Online Supervisor: Julia Bacha
    Trailer Creative Consultant: John O'Hara
    Consulting Producer: Kim Snyder
    Translators: Ronit Avni, Eitan Buchvall, Leora Gal, Khader Khader, Joline Makhlouf, Wendy Pearlman, Misha Shulman, Yahav Zohar
    Accounting & Administration: Earthways Foundation