Ronit Avni is an award-winning filmmaker, human rights advocate, and media strategist with an expertise in Israeli-Palestinian conflict resolution efforts. She is the founder and executive director of Just Vision, a nonprofit organization that researches, documents, and creates media about Palestinian and Israeli grassroots leaders in nonviolence and peace building.
Avni directed and produced the documentary film, Encounter Point, which won five international awards, received the 2006 San Francisco International Film Festival Audience Award for best documentary, was an official selection at other film festivals, and was shown in more than 200 cities worldwide. She also produced the documentary film, Budrus, which was a New York Magazine Critic's Pick and winner of eight international awards. In addition, she wrote and produced a short documentary film with the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan
Previously, Avni co-produced short videos and online video advocacy features in collaboration with filmmakers in Senegal, Burkina Faso, Brazil, and the United States, while working for Peter Gabrielís human rights organization, WITNESS. She also co-edited the book, Video for Change: A Guide for Advocacy and Activism.
She has received a variety of honors including a 2009 Young Global Leaders Award, the 2005 Auburn Seminaryís Lives of Commitment Award, and a Joshua Venture Fellowship. She is currently a United Nationís global expert through the Alliance of Civilizations and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Avni graduated with a BA degree (with honors) from Vassar College and received a Burnam Fellowship to intern at BíTselem, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights.