Panelists for the 2014 Film Series
Based in Boston, Nadia Ben-Youssef is USA Representative for Adalah, the organization that produced this film.
She is a human rights lawyer and international advocate working to promote the rights of Palestinian citizens of Israel and Palestinians living under Occupation. Since 2010, she has coordinated the international advocacy for Adalah, The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel. She was based in the Adalah's Naqab (Negev) office in southern Israel.
In 2013 she began leading Adalah's American advocacy efforts as the organization's first U.S. Representative.
She is increasingly interested in the intersection between art and advocacy in advancing human rights. With Adalah, she has initiated film and photography projects that seek to visualize and humanize human rights violations in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory.
She obtained an AB in Sociology from Princeton University and graduated cum laude from Boston College Law School with a concentration in Human Rights and International Justice.
She'll join us through Skype for the panel discussion.
Director of When I Saw You. Many in our audience will remember our 2012 screening of Jacir's first feature film "Salt of This Sea."
Annemarie Jacir has been working in independent film since 1994 and has written, directed, and produced six films. She has taught courses at Columbia, Bethlehem, and Birzeit Universities. She also works as a freelance editor and cinematographer.
Jacir lived in Saudi Arabia until the age of sixteen and then received her formal education in the United States. She worked as a telephone operator, radio DJ, swimming instructor, English tutor, building sets for theater, news camerawoman, museum researcher, writing and directing plays, and on film sets. She worked in the film industry in Los Angeles before deciding to focus more on writing and directing herself, and for that reason moved to New York to obtain a Masters degree in Film.
Jacir is chief curator and co-founder of the groundbreaking Dreams of a Nation Palestinian cinema project, dedicated to the promotion of Palestinian cinema. In 2003, she organized and curated the largest traveling film festival in Palestine, which included the screening of archival Palestinian films from Revolution Cinema, screening for the first time on Palestinian soil.
Brad Parker is an attorney and international advocacy officer with Defence for Children International Palestine, an independent child-rights organization dedicated to defending and promoting the rights of children living in the occupied territories.
Brad Parker is international advocacy officer and staff attorney at Defence for Children International Palestine. He leads DCI-Palestine's legal advocacy efforts on Palestinian children's rights.
Parker regularly writes and speaks on the situation of Palestinian children in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, particularly issues involving detention, ill-treatment, and torture of child detainees within the Israeli military detention system and violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law.
He is a graduate of the University of Vermont and received his J.D. from the City University of New York School of Law.
Alice Rothchild is co-director of the film we're screening, Voices Across the Divide. She's a retired physician, activist, and author. Her books are:
- Broken Promises, Broken Dreams: Stories of Jewish and Palestinian Trauma and Resilience
- On the Brink: Israel and Palestine on the Eve of the 2014 Gaza Invasion
Alice is co-founder and co-chair of American Jews for a Just Peace-Boston, is on the coordinating committee of Jewish Voice for Peace Boston, and has organized health and human rights delegations to Israel and Palestine since 2003, lecturing widely, and writing numerous articles.
She'll join us in person for the panel.
Lia Tarachansky is the filmmaker for the title we're screening, On the Side of the Road, her first feature documentary. She'll join us through Skype for the panel discussion. She's Israel/Palestine correspondent for The Real News Network where she produces short, documentary-style reports exploring the context behind the news.
Tarachansky's work is frequently featured in publications such as +972 Magazine, Mondoweiss, USA Today, Al Jazeera, and the Huffington Post. Her journalism was profiled in Max Blumenthal's book "Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel."