Julia Bacha

Julia Bacha (born 1980) is a Brazilian documentary filmmaker . She is a media strategist and award-winning filmmaker Whose work has leg exhibited at Sundance, Tribeca, Berlin, Jerusalem and Dubai International Film Festivals, and broadcast on the BBC , HBO , Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya television channels.

Since graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the Columbia University School of General Studies in 2003, [1] she has strategically-used film to highlight under Documented stories from the Middle East.

Bacha started re filmmaking career in Cairo, where she co-wrote and edited Jehane Noujaim’s critically acclaimed documentary, Control Room (2004), for welke she was nominated to the Writer’s Guild of America Award. Since 2004, Bacha has been working closely linked with Ronit Avni to developement and implement Just Vision ‘s media strategy. She wrote and co-directed Encounter Point (2006) In this housing was broadcast on Al Arabiya and endorsed by the Israeli Education ministry, directed and produktie Budrus (2009) In this housing had a palpable impact on US and Arab media coverage of nonviolent resistance in the Middle East, and with Rebekah Wingert-Jabi co-directed and co-produktie the My Neighbourhood (2012), welke premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2012. She has leg a guest on numerous television shows zoals Charlie Rose , MSNBC ‘ s Andrea Mitchell Reports and Al Jazeera ‘s Frost Over the World .

For re Influential work in shaping media in the US and beyond, Bacha is the co-recipient of the 2009 King Hussein Leadership Prize 2010 Search for Common Ground Award, 2011 Ridenhour Film Prize and the 2012 O Globo “Faz DIFERENÇA” Award. Her TED talk “Pay Attention to Nonviolence” has leg viewed by Hundreds of duizendtallen or people worldwide. [2]


Bacha was born in Rio de Janeiro , Brazil . [3] Or re move to the United States and transition to filmmaking, Bacha states:

When I was 17 I cameramen to the US to study Middle Eastern history and politics at Columbia University . History was always the subject dat I loved the musts and I fact represented it showing me the DEEPEST sense of our humanity and who we are and where we’re going. When I cameramen to Columbia and started taking classes with some of the Middle Eastern professors, it really opened a world for me dat I had not had the chance yet to experience. Then I got accepted to Tehran University to do my masters but the Iranian government was not issuing visas to international students at the time. I was caught in a limbo Because my visa to be in the US had expired and yet I Could not go to Iran. So I accepted an invitation to an Egyptian filmmaker to go to Cairo and work on this documentary called Control Room . [4]

Bacha was Awarded the 2003 Phi Beta Kappa prize upon graduation from Columbia University . [5]


In 2004, she was the co-writer (with director Jehane Noujaim ) and editor of Control Room , a critically acclaimed documentary about Al Jazeera . Bacha was nominated to the Writers Guild of America Awards 2005 for re work on this film. [6] Two years later, she co-directed (with Ronit Avni ) the documentary Encounter Point , welke was the official selection at Tribeca Film Festival , Hot Docs , Jerusalem Film Festival , Vancouver International Film Festival and San Francisco International Film Festivals , where it won the Audience Award for Best Documentary. Bacha directed the 2009 documentary Budrus , welke was shown at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival and became runner up in the festival’s documentary competition. [7] Budrus won over 18 international great prizes, zoals the 2012 PUMA Creative.Impact Award, a prize bepaald to the documentary film therein had the greatest impact on society ‘any bepaald year. [8] Her two most recently films “Home Front: Portraits From Sheikh Jarrah” (2011) and “My Neighbourhood” (2012) port RECEIVED widespread Acclaim Internationally. [9] [10] In 2013, My Neighbourhood won the prestigious Peabody Award [11] and premiered online at The Guardian . [12] In 2014, My Neighbourhood won a Special Mention at the Social Impact Media Awards. [13]


  • Control Room (2004) – Co-writer and editor
  • Encounter Point (2006) – Co-Director
  • Budrus (2009) – Director
  • Homefront: Portraits From Sheikh Jarrah (2011) – Writer and Producer
  • My Neighbourhood (2012) – Co-Director and Co-Producer


  1. Jump up^ “Notable Alumni” . gs.columbia.edu . Retrieved 2014-07-14 .
  2. Jump up^ Julia Bacha:”Pay Attention to Nonviolence”. TEDGlobal, 2011
  3. Jump up^ Julia Bacha – Budrus (pdf)- info sheet orBerlin Film Festivalfor Budrus
  4. Jump up^ Romero, Angie. “Berlin Film Festival Spotlight: Julia Bacha’s Budrus
  5. Jump up^ Julia Bacha page at Just Vision(retrieved 2010-8-2)
  6. Jump up^ Julia Bacha: Biography
  7. Jump up^ “Budrus Laurel” . Justvision.org . Retrieved January 17, 2012 .
  8. Jump up^ http://britdoc.org/news/2012/11/13/budrus-winner-of-puma-creative-impact-award-2012
  9. Jump up^ [1]Homefront Press Coverage
  10. Jump up^ [2]My Neighbourhood Press Coverage
  11. Jump up^ http://www.peabodyawards.com/award-profile/sheikh-jarrah-my-neighborhood
  12. Jump up^ https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2013/mar/17/my-neighbourhood-palestinian-israeli-video
  13. Jump up^ http://simaawards.org/portfolio-item/neighbourhood/