Julia Bacha

"We are providing alternative role models in a complex and changing world. I have seen people challenged, inspired and motivated to take action based on the stories we tell."
Creative Director
Encounter Point Co-Director/Writer/Editor, Budrus Director/Producer, Home Front Producer/Writer/Executive Producer, My Neighbourhood Director/Producer

Julia Bacha is a Peabody award-winning filmmaker, media strategist, and the Creative Director at the non-profit Just Vision. Since graduating Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia University in 2003, she has strategically used documentary film to change commonly held narratives about the Middle East. Julia started her filmmaking career in Cairo, where she wrote and edited Control Room (2004), for which she was nominated to the Writer’s Guild of America Award. Control Room became one of the highest grossing political documentaries of all times and introduced Americans for the first time to the inner workings of the Arab satellite channel, Al Jazeera.  Subsequently, she moved to Jerusalem where she co-directed Encounter Point (2006), which was endorsed by the Israeli Education ministry, directed and produced Budrus (2009), which had a palpable impact on US media coverage of Palestinian nonviolent resistance, and directed and produced My Neighbourhood (2012), which won the coveted Peabody Award. Her work has been exhibited at the Sundance, Berlin and Tribeca Film Festivals, and broadcast on the BBC, HBO and Al Jazeera. She has been a guest on numerous television shows such as Charlie Rose, and her work has been profiled in major news outlets such as The New York Times, NPR, The Washington Post, and The Economist. In addition to over twenty film festival awards, Julia is the recipient of the 2009 King Hussein Leadership Prize, 2010 Search for Common Ground Award, 2011 Ridenhour Prize and the 2012 PUMA Creative Impact Award. She’s a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations, a Skoll World Forum Media Advisor and a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum. Her TED talk, “Pay Attention to Nonviolence,” was selected as one of the best talks of 2011 by the Huffington Post and has been viewed by over half a million people worldwide.

 


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Filmography

  • My Neighbourhood (Director, Producer, 2012)
  • Home Front (Writer, Producer, 2011)
  • Budrus (Director, Producer, 2009)
  • Encounter Point, Typecast Films (Co-Director/Writer/Editor, 2006)
  • Control Room, Magnolia Pictures (Writer/Editor, 2004)
  • Swimmers, Skouras Pictures (Additional Editor, 2005)
  • Room, Celluloid Films (Additional Editor, 2005)
  • Casamento de Romeu e Julieta, Columbia Pictures (Assistant Editor, 2004)
  • Conjoined at the Head, National Geographic, (Editor, 2005)


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

Control Room

  • Writer’s Guild of America Award Nominee, 2005
  • Winner International Documentary Association Award, 2004
  • Winner Grand Jury Prize, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, 2004
  • Winner Seeds of War Prize, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, 2004
  • Winner Best Documentary, Boston Society Film Critics, 2004
  • Winner Best Documentary, Online Film Critics Society Awards 2005
  • Winner Best Documentary, Seattle Film Critics Awards 2004
  • Winner FIPRESCI Prize, Sydney Film Festival, 2004
  • Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards, Nominated 2005
  • Independent Spirit Awards, Nominated 2005

Swimmers

  • Grand Jury Prize for Best New American Film, Seattle Film Festival, 2005
  • Humanitas Prize, Nominated 2005

Room

  • Independent Spirit Awards, Nominated to John Cassavetes Award, 2005

Casamento De Remeu E Julieta

  • Cinema Brazil Grand Prize, Nominated 2007
  • Prêmio Contigo Cinema, Brazil, Winner Jury Award, 2006
  • Elcine First Prize, Lima Latin American Film Festival , 2005


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)
  • BBC, UK, 2004 (Control Room)
  • Sundance Channel, USA, 2004 (Control Room)
  • National Geographic Channel, USA, 2005 (Conjoined at the Head)


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

Control Room

  • Sundance Film Festival, 2004
  • Official Selection Berlin International Film Festival, 2004
  • Official Selection Full Frame Film Festival, 2004
  • Official Selection Silver Docs, 2004

Swimmers

  • Sundance Film Festival, 2005

Room

  • Sundance Film Festival, 2005
  • Cannes Film Festival, 2005

 

 

 

MN Filmmaker Title : 
My Neighbourhood Director/Producer
HF Filmmaker Title : 
Home Front Producer/Writer/Executive Producer
EP Filmmaker Title : 
Encounter Point Co-Director/Writer/Editor