TEDxRamallah - Julia Bacha - One Story, One Film, Many Changes.

Julia Bacha is Media Director at Just Vision (justvision.org). She is an award-winning filmmaker who has worked on films exhibited at the Sundance, Berlin, Jerusalem, and Dubai International Film Festivals, and broadcast on the BBC, HBO, Sundance, CBC and Al Arabiya television channels. Originally from Brazil of Lebanese descent, Julia directed and produced Budrus (2009) and wrote and co-directed the feature documentary Encounter Point (2006). Julia also co-wrote and edited Jehane Noujaim's critically acclaimed documentary, Control Room (2004), for which she was nominated to the Writer's Guild of America Award. Winner of the 2010 King Hussein Leadership Prize, 2010 Search for Common Ground Award, and 2011 Ridenhour Film prize, Julia's work has been featured on the Charlie Rose Show, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Economist.

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Comment by Rose Gordon on July 18, 2011 at 6:41pm

Thank you Amineh for connecting us to this powerful presentation and for connecting me to the work being done by Just Vision.  My understanding of cognitive dissonance is that it can also be described as what happens when our physical awareness of a  situation...the information provided by our senses, is in opposition to what we are being told or presented with as the truth ie: when someone is smiling as they say something cruel, or when we know there is danger and are hearing that everything is alright...Or when we hear that a certain person is the "aggressor" but see (in person or through film)  their courage, beauty and determined, peaceful heart revealed.

I love the presentation by Julia and what i saw of the film. I totally agree, STORIES (as well as first hand experience) can awaken our hearts, breaking them open and bringing our "set" narratives into question...at that point many withdraw from the pain...but others question their old story and broaden it to include new truths. Its interesting to me that in Tibetan the word for heart and mind are the same word.  And the broken open heart/mind is a very powerful thing.

Comment by Surya on June 18, 2011 at 12:13am

Encourages to understand the confirmation bios and cognitive dissoccence inbuilt in human psychology!!!


Comment by Fatimah Bakare-Dickson on June 15, 2011 at 3:54am
wonderful narrative that can inspire youth and aspiring film makers. it does not mater where you come from, you can make.
Comment by tahir wadood malik on June 12, 2011 at 4:20am

seeing this i realized why in the "war against terror" the human aspect of the conflict is not highlighted.

simple, it is not part of the 'narrative' today, so reporting the war does not lead to cognitive dissonence, but helps carry the narrative forward.

thank you for this powerful narrative.

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