Lucy Aharish is an Israeli news presenter, reporter, and television host. She currently co-hosts a late-night show and a current events program for teenagers on Channel One. Aharish is notable for being the first Arab news presenter on mainstream Israeli television.
Role:Co-creator, Almost Friends
Anat Kerem-Angel,Ph.D (Biochemistry), is the initiator of the documentary "Almost Friends" and it's co-creator.
After 18 years of scientific academy career and expert in the biomedical industry, Anat has moved to the Physic- Psychotherapy field, and has been involved with her husband ,(Mr Udi Angel, Chairman) in several voluntary community ventures in Israel , dealing with disabled children's health (Variety Israel ) and a Social learning network program - "Pass the Ward".
Today, in parallel to her practice, Anat is working on a new documentary project in the educational field.
Role:Actress, Arab Labor; Protagonist, East Jerusalem West Jerusalem; Musician, Write Down I'm an Arab
MIRA AWAD was born in Rameh village in Galilee, Israel to an Arab Christian father from the Galilee, and a Bulgarian Christian mother. She studied at the Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music in Ramat HaSharon, and at the Body Theatre School. Awad became an instant star on Israeli television after appearing in the sit-com Arab Labor. She also appeared in The Bubble, a film by director Eytan Fox. She sang the songs for the films Forgiveness (directed by Udi Aloni), and Lemon Tree (directed by Eran Riklis). In 2006 she appeared as an IDF soldier in the Cameri production of a musical adaptation of Maya Arad's novel in verse "Another Place, a Foreign City". Awad represented Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009, along with Achinoam Nini (Noa). Awad was the first Arab-Israeli singer to represent Israel in the contest.
Emily Bazelon is a staff writer at the New York Times Magazine and author of the national bestseller Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy. She is also the Truman Capote Fellow for Creative Writing and Law at Yale Law School and a frequent guest on the Colbert Report.
Before joining the Times, Bazelon worked for nine years as a senior editor at Slate. She has been a Soros media fellow, an editor and writer at Legal Affairs magazine, and a law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit. Her writing has appeared in the Atlantic, O Magazine, and the Washington Post, among other publications. Bazelon is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School.
David W. Blight is Professor of American History at Yale University since 2003. He is currently writing a new, full biography of Frederick Douglass that will be published by Simon and Schuster in 2015. Blight works in many capacities in the world of public history, including on boards of museums and historical societies.
Blight is also the author of Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory (Harvard University Press, 2001), which received eight book awards, including the Bancroft Prize, the Abraham Lincoln Prize, and the Frederick Douglass Prize as well as four awards from the Organization of American Historians, including the Merle Curti prizes for both intellectual and social history.
Blight is also a frequent book reviewer for the New York Times, Washington Post Book World, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Boston Globe, Slate.com and other newspapers, and has written many articles on abolitionism, American historical memory, and African American intellectual and cultural history.
Blight has been a consultant to many documentary films, including, “Death and the Civil War,” (2012), the 1998 PBS series, "Africans in America," and "The Reconstruction Era" (2004) among others.
Israeli superstar David Broza has been considered one of the most dynamic and vibrant performers in the singer/songwriter world.
His charismatic and energetic performances have brought to worldwide audiences, a fusion of the three different countries in which he was raised: Israel, Spain, and England, filling concert halls with his famous guitar playing, ranging from flamenco flavored rhythmic and percussion techniques, to whirlwind finger picking, to a signature rock and roll sound. Broza unites the three worlds by utilizing his ability to take on the troubadour tradition, up to now, featuring lyrics of the worlds' greatest poets.
More than a singer/songwriter, David Broza is also well known for his commitment and dedication to several humanitarian causes, predominantly, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Steven C. Dinero, Ph.D.
Steven Dinero is Professor of Human Geography at Philadelphia University, where he has taught since 1996. His primary area of research concerns the study of post-nomadic communities in transition. Dr. Dinero has studied the social and economic consequences of the forced resettlement of the Bedouin of the Negev Desert, Israel, for over two decades. He has published extensively on such topics as community planning and development, education, human rights, gender, identity formation, religion, and tourism in the Bedouin sector. In 2010, Dr. Dinero published a monograph, Settling for Less: The Planned Resettlement of Israel’s Negev Bedouin, (Oxford: Berghahn) which has been well-received both in Israel and across the globe.
Avi Goldstein co-founded SocDoc Studios to produce story-driven films that engage audiences with social issues. He recently completed the documentary film FIRE LINES (to be distributed by Journeyman Pictures) with the Ma'an Network in Bethlehem and Common Ground Productions. Avi received an AB in Psychology from Princeton University and was previously a consultant at Vantage Partners, a Boston-based negotiation and relationship management consulting firm spun out of the Harvard Negotiation Project. He holds an MA in Non-Profit Management and Leadership, and facilitates interest-based negotiation and problem-solving skills workshops for high schools students.
Role:Director, Life Sentences
Nurit Kedar is a Producer and Director of documentary productions. Her television credits include senior producer at the CNN bureau in Jerusalem and senior producer on Israeli Channel 2 (for which she produced and directed 12 films and 5 documentary series). She directed the award winning BORDERS (2000), LEBANON DRAEM (2001), ASESINO (2002), ONE SHOT (2004), HANUSZKA (2006), and WASTED (2008). Kedar's film “ CONCRETE” (2011) w on the Spirit of Freedom at the Jerusalem Film Festival 2011. Kedar's last film 'LIFE SENTENCES" won the Van Leer award for the Best Israeli
documentary 2013 at the Jerusalem Film Festival. Objective d'Or, the highest award and the Audience Award was awarded to "Life Sentences" at the Millenium Film Festival 2014.
B.A., M.A., Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Publications include HaBayit Asher Neherav: A Novel; Haviv, a collection of short stories; and 3WEEKS: The Opera, a libretto composed solely of excerpts from the Talmud and various Midrashic tales describing the Roman siege of Jerusalem and the fall of the city in 70 A.D. Recipient of several literary honors, including the Jerusalem Award for Fiction Writing and the Israeli Ministry of Culture’s award for best first publication. Previously taught at LABA, The National Laboratory for New Jewish Culture; Skirball Center for Adult Jewish Education; and Hofstra University; and served as lecturer at Leeds University, Israel Extension. Teaching interests have included classic Jewish texts, Jewish-Arab relationships in modern Israeli literature and cinema, modern Israeli fiction, the poetics of the Midrash and Talmud, and Hebrew, among others.
One of Israel's most acclaimed stage and screen actor, screenwriter and comedian, Menashe Noy was first introduced to Israeli audiences after graduating from Tel Aviv University Film Department, in the satiric TV show The Cameri Quintet. He has since starred in numerous leading rolls in theater and cinema, including Lovesick on Nana St, Year Zero, The Time that Remains, The Bourgeoisie , Testimony, Sweets, The Dove Flyer and Gett.
Role:Director, Almost Friends
Possesses a Bachelor’s degree (Cum Laude) in psychology and philosophy from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Studied in the Tel Aviv University Master’s program (MFA) for Film and Television. For the past fifteen years has been working in the documentary film industry as an a production manager and researcher. "Almost Friends" is Nitzan Ofir’s first film as a director.
Anat Saragusti is the director of B'Tselem USA. A leading Israeli journalist and social activist, Anat co-founded Israel’s Channel 2 TV News Company. During her fifteen-year tenure with Channel 2 she was the editor of Israel's leading news program, a weekly news wrap-up called "Friday Studio."
An expert on policies affecting the occupied Palestinian territories, Anat has extensive field experience in both the Gaza Strip and Sderot, a nearby Israeli city across the Green Line. Most recently, she served as the executive director of Agenda: Israeli Center for Strategic Communication, which provides media expertise to social change organizations.
Anat’s family has lived in the Jerusalem environs for 500 years. She holds a master’s degree in law from Tel Aviv University and a diploma in conflict resolution from the University of Maryland.
Ben Schuder was raised in Berkeley, California, where he attended a high school program that inspired a passion for filmmaking. During the summer of 2005, he participated in a documentary workshop in Morelia, Mexico, where he helped teach students the art of documentary filmmaking. The experience motivated him to enroll in a film school in Los Angeles, where he graduated with honors. In 2013, he co-edited the feature-length narrative film LICKS (2013), which premiered at SXSW Film Festival. In 2014, his directorial debut film The Village of Peace premiered at Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
Ari Shavit is a leading Israeli columnist and writer. Born in Rehovot, Israel, Shavit served as a paratrooper in the IDF and studied philosophy at the Hebrew University in Jersualem. In the 1980s he wrote for the progressive weekly Koteret Rashit, in the early 1990s he was chairperson of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, and in 1995 he joined Haaretz, where he serves on the editorial board. Shavit is also a leading commentator on Israeli public television. He is married, has a daughter and two sons, and lives in Kfar Shmariahu.
David Viola has a long career in documentary and narrative filmmaking. His documentary credits include TRUMBO, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was released theatrically across the United States and the world in 2008. That film won a National Board of Review award, and was also broadcast on the “American Masters” series on PBS and released on DVD. He also produced DOWNTOWN CALLING, a documentary that screened at film festivals around the world including HBO’s New York Latino Film Festival and the London East End Film Festival. David has worked in feature film development with Artisan Entertainment (BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB), and Julia Robert’s production company (MONA LISA SMILE). David earned a Master’s degree in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, a Bachelor’s degree from SUNY Binghamton, and is currently a PhD candidate in history at the CUNY Graduate Center.
Role:Actress, Villa Touma
Maria Zreik is an actress from Haifa. She has completed a law degree at Haifa Carmel university and has played many roles/ parts in local productions as well as international productions such as British television series THE PROMISE.
VILLA TOUMA is her first leading role.