Producers and Advisors

Producers


Sawsan Asfari (Producer) is at present the executive director of the Galilee Foundation,which supports the palestinian community in israel through education and cultural initiatives. She is also a co- founder and a trustee of the Asfari Foundation, which focuses on education, civil society and relief programmes. Sawsan is also a partner in Cactus World Films, and have co-produced award winning films such as Salt of the Sea,  When I Saw You, and recently The Idol. Sawsan holds a BA degree in Political Science and English Literature, and a degree in journalism.

Fivel Rothberg (Producer) specializes in producing short nonfiction films for NGOs and long-format documentaries.  He received the 2015 DoGooder Award for Best Impact Video from YouTube and See3 Communications, for our production on behalf of the Fund for Modern Courts, Now Is the Time. Currently, he is producing a feature-length documentary by Nathan Fitch, Island Soldier, about Micronesian citizens serving in the US military. “Island Soldier” has the backing of the PBS-affiliated funder Pacific Islanders in Communications. It premiered at Full Frame 2017 and had its international premiere at HotDocs 2017. Previously, he was the Associate Producer of Kelly Anderson’s film, “My Brooklyn,” which aired in 2014 on the PBS series America ReFramed.

Roger Waters (Executive Producer) is a founding member of the band Pink Floyd and a successful solo artist. His commitment to activism and human rights can be seen through his work on a multitude of causes including: justice for Palestine, disaster relief, extreme poverty and malaria, global climate change, veterans rights, and many more important areas of struggle and solidarity.


Reda Sabassi (Associate Producer) is a Los Angeles based entrepreneur who started his career in Tech and IT.  He is a Palestinian from Jordan who is interested in supporting projects that call for justice in Palestine.


Nancy Kalow (Associate Producer) is a folklorist and filmmaker who has taught at Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies since 2000. Her video documentary, Sadobabies, was the winner of a Gold Hugo at the Chicago Film Festival and the Special Jury Trophy at the San Francisco Film Festival. She is a co-convener, with miriam cooke and Maha Houssami, of the Mellon Humanities Writ Large project, Arab Refugee Oral History


Rabab Haj Yahya (Consulting Editor) is an Emmy-nominated documentary editor and a Sundance Edit and Story Lab Fellow. Her recent work includes the award-winning feature documentary SPEED SISTERS (HotDocs 2015), LOVE THE SINNER (Tribeca 2017) and the web series THE SECRET LIFE OF MUSLIMS (Peabody Finalist, Vox and USA Today, 2016). Rabab has also edited numerous documentaries commissioned by the Al Jazeera Documentary Channel, including ENEMIES OF THE SOUTH (2015), which was featured in multiple prime-time slots on the network. In between projects, Rabab has dedicated a significant amount of her time helping aspiring editors and filmmakers, through training and pro-bono consultations in the Middle East, West Africa, and the Balkans. Rabab speaks English, Arabic, and Hebrew fluently and currently lives in New York.

Jay Arthur Sterrenberg (Consulting Editor) is a Canadian-American documentary director, editor an cinematographer whose work has broadcast on PBS, HBO, and CNN, and has screened at festivals such as Sundance, Tribeca, Berlin & IDFA. Documentary editing credits include DARK MONEY (Sundance, 2018), TROPHY (CNN Films, 2017), Tribeca award winning UNTOUCHABLE (2016), NARCO CULTURA (Cinedigm, 2013), Academy Award nominated REDEMPTION (HBO, 2013), and Emmy Nominated SECTION 60 (HBO, 2008).

Advisors:

  • Tamer Nafar: Musician, actor, and activist. Member of the Lyd based Hip Hop group DAM. Star of Junction 48, fiction film based in Lyd.
  • Hannah Mermelstein: Founder of Librarians and Archivists for Palestine.
  • Suha Arraf: Fiction film director and screenwriter. Director of Fiction Film, Villa Touma.
  • Oren Moverman: Academy award winning fiction film screen writer, director and producer. Credits include Time Out Of Mind, Love and Mercy and Junction 48.
  • Jonathan Cook: Award-winning British author and journalist reporting from Nazareth on the Middle East, including the Israel-Palestine conflict.
  • Orwa Switat: City planner and doctoral candidate in geography whose research includes the erasure of Palestinian features of “mixed cities” in Israel.
  • Dina Dahmash: descendant of Khalil Dahmash who built the mosque where the massacre occurred in Lyd.
  • Lamia Dahmash: descendant of Khalil Dahmash who built the mosque where the massacre occurred in Lyd.