Lia Tarachansky is a Jaffa-based filmmaker and the Israel/Palestine correspondent for The Real News Network (TRNN) where she produces short, documentary-style reports exploring the context behind the news. In 2012 Tarachansky produced and co-directed a BBC-Arabic documentary about Israel's Social Justice (J14) movement and the wave of self-immolations it sparked, in protest of the harsh economic reality many face in Israel.
In 2013 Tarachansky completed work on her first feature documentary, ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD, a Naretiv Productions film. The film is an exploration of the power of denial. It questions what Israelis learn, know, and sometimes choose not to know about the 1948 war. That fateful year led to the birth of the state of Israel and displacement of two-thirds of the Palestinian people. The film is currently screening in theaters and festivals in Israel/Palestine and around the world. For a full list of screenings, see Naretiv Productions.
Jesse Freeston is a filmmaker and video-journalist based in Montréal, Québec.
Jesse was a key member of The Real News Network, a viewer-funded video news service based in Washinton, DC. From 2009 to 2011 he produced more than 100 investigative video pieces focused on economics, politics and social movements in North and Central America.
In 2012, Jesse directed three half-hour documentaries for TeleSUR, the world’s largest public Spanish-language broadcaster. He also contributes shorter reports for TeleSUR’s ‘USA de Verdad’ program.
Jesse has collaborated on numerous video projects including working as a co-producer for Al Jazeera’s Fault Lines, a member of the CUTV video news collective during the 2012 Québec student strike, a videographer for BBC’s HARDtalk and in 2013 he released alongside filmmaker Beth Geglia the documentary Revolutionary Medicine: A Story of the First Garifuna Hospital.
Jesse is currently working on his first feature-length documentary, Resistencia.
Photo Credit: Cindy Boyce
Mohammad Othman is a line producer, assistant director, photographer, sound engineer, fixer and translator working in Qalqiliya in the occupied Palestinian West Bank. He is the founder of Palestine Tours whose clients include former American President Jimmy Carter and former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair.
He is currently completing work on a feature documentary about street culture in Qalqilia, focusing on youth who use sports like skateboarding and rollerblading to build community centers in West Bank villages and towns.
Photo Credit: Lia Tarachansky