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Rula Salameh

Pioneering Palestinian Activist

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Advocating Through Film and Community Organization

Brief bio

Rula Salameh is a prominent Palestinian journalist, community organizer, and the Education and Outreach Director for Just Vision in Palestine. She is recognized for her vital role in producing influential documentaries that focus on Palestinian resistance and societal issues, such as "Budrus" and "Naila and the Uprising." Her work emphasizes non-violent resistance and the empowerment of women in Palestinian society.

Major Milestones


  • Founding Member of Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation: In 1993, following the Oslo Accords, Salameh helped establish this pivotal institution.

  • Award-Winning Film Producer: Her documentaries, including "Budrus," have received international acclaim and awards, like the Ridenhour Documentary Film Prize in 2011 (Ridenhour Prizes) .

  • Prominent Television Host: She hosts "Falasteen al-Khair," a popular TV show in Palestine, which focuses on philanthropy and social issues (Just Vision) .

  • Educational Contributions: Established a computer lab and children's library in the Aida Refugee Camp in Bethlehem (Just Vision) .

  • Guggenheim Fellowship Recognition: In 2015, her project on women’s leadership in the First Intifada was recognized with a Guggenheim Fellowship, highlighting her efforts to document and broadcast pivotal moments in Palestinian history (Arab America) .

  • Innovative Storytelling: Through her work with Just Vision, Salameh has been instrumental in filling the media gap on Israel occupation of Palestine with independent and impactful storytelling...See More

  • Focus on Non-violent Resistance: Her documentaries showcase the power and effectiveness of non-violent resistance in Palestine, providing a platform for peaceful protest narratives to reach a global audience.

  • Women's Empowerment: Salameh's films often highlight the role of women in resistance movements, helping to challenge traditional gender roles and inspire female leadership in the region...See More

  • Community Engagement: She has led numerous public engagement efforts, educating and mobilizing communities in Palestine and internationally about the importance of non-violent action and civil rights.

  • Cultural Preservation: Through her television and film work, Salameh preserves and shares the rich history of Palestinian struggle and resilience, ensuring that these stories reach and resonate with a wide audience.

Date of Last Update: 
July 8, 2024

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