Just Vision: Films to Help Us See
by Claire Stewart
What happens when local role models lead unarmed movements and demonstrate to the world what is possible when grassroots leaders choose to act? This is the story that Just Vision seeks to share with audiences across the globe.
Through award-winning films, digital media, and public education campaigns, the team at Just Vision, led by internationally recognized filmmakers Julia Bacha and Suhad Babaa, brings attention to the under-documented stories of Israeli and Palestinian unarmed activists who are inspiring their communities to work together to end the occupation and build a future of freedom, dignity, and equality for all.
Over the last decade Just Vision has built a powerful platform and reached hundreds of thousands of people with their message. Their five films challenge the way many perceive protests and activism in the Holy Land, from the story of the unarmed movement in the village of Budrus to the Israeli and Palestinian activists in My Neighborhood and the nonviolent resistance during the First Intifada (The Wanted 18). The Boston Globe said of Budrus, "[This film] will single-handedly change how many people view the conflict."
Beyond films, Just Vision's website contains interviews with grassroots leaders, the Budrus graphic novel, a list of organizations in the field, discussion guides, maps, event listings and more resources that provide numerous opportunities to learn about unarmed movements in the Holy Land.
"Nonviolent resistance is a more effective and constructive way of waging conflict," Bacha told her audience at the 2016 TEDSummit. Thanks to the work of Just Vision, more and more people are coming to see this truth and gaining eyes to see the Palestinian and Israeli men, women, and children who are showing the way.
You can watch Just Vision's films, find a screening near you, and much more at JustVision.org.
We thank you for the gifts of film and resources that serve to tell stories and increase awareness of the work you are doing in Israeli and Palestinian communities to foster nonviolent movements for peace. We thank you for the way that Just Vision's team has used these gifts to share this message and change perspectives. But most of all, we thank you for the men, women, and children who are living lives of nonviolent resistance to the occupation. Please strengthen them and give them hope. May the work of Just Vision provide encouragement where it is needed and lift up those who seek to do your will.
In Jesus' name. Amen.
This post was originally published at Prayers for the Holy Land is reproduced here by kind permission of the author.