Film summary: When a Palestinian boy loses half of his home to Israeli settlers in East Jerusalem, he joins his community in a campaign of nonviolent protests. Efforts to put a quick end to the demonstrations are foiled when scores of Israelis choose to stand by the residents' sides. (www.justvision.org/myneighbourhood)
My Neighbourhood is produced by the non-profit organization, Just Vision. Comprised of an award-winning team of Palestinian, Israeli, North and South American journalists, human rights advocates and filmmakers, Just Vision creates documentary films and other multimedia resources aimed at raising awareness about the underreported efforts of Israeli and Palestinian civilians working nonviolently to resolve the conflict and end the occupation. My Neighbourhood is Just Vision?s latest production, coming on the heels of acclaimed documentaries Budrus and Encounter Point. For more information about Just Vision, visit www.justvision.org.
[Official 2012 Selection: Al Jazeera Intl Doc Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Good Pitch Europe]
Jessica Devaney, Director of Communications, Just Vision & Budrus Associate Producer, Home Front Producer, My Neighbourhood Co-Producer
Jessica Devaney is a digital communications strategist with a decade of experience in technology and social change advocacy. She is the Communications and Production Manager at Just Vision, an organization that creates multimedia tools, including documentary films and educational materials, profiling Palestinian and Israeli civilians working nonviolently to end the occupation and bring freedom, justice, security and peace to the region.
Jessica oversees Just Vision’s online communications strategy, including web development and new media engagement; directs design and branding; and manages the post-production of all documentary film and digital video materials.
Jessica is the Associate Producer of Budrus (2009), an award-winning documentary about a Palestinian community organizer who unites local political factions along with Israeli supporters in an unarmed movement to save his village from destruction by Israel’s Separation Barrier. It was hailed as the year’s “must-see documentary” in the The New York Times.
Jessica is the producer of Just Vision's short film series Home Front: Portraits from Sheikh Jarrah (2011) profiling nonviolent efforts in East Jerusalem and co-producer of the 25-minute documentary My Neighbourhood (2012), which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was broadcast on Al Jazeera.
Jessica graduated from Wake Forest University in 2006 with an MA in Religion and Society, after conducting extensive research on Palestinian and Israeli women’s movements and interviewing numerous veteran feminist activists. Jessica’s interest in creative unarmed resistance led her to produce a documentary installation, Beauty in the Uprising, which, through interviews with Palestinian and Israeli artists, explores the role of art in resistance, conflict resolution and social change.
In 2007, she completed an additional year of study at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsch School of Foreign Service where she focused on global feminisms and online organizing and creative unarmed resistance in the Middle East. She has published articles on these topics in the Practicing Anthropology and presented at academic conferences such as the Society of Applied Anthropology and the National Women’s Studies Association.
[Co-sponsored by Political Science, Women's and Gender Studies, Women of Color Leadership Network, and Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies]