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Tarek Bakri

Documentarian, Researcher, Engineer

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Date of Birth:



Jerusalem, Palestine

Place of Birth:

Why Featured?

Tarek Bakri is recognized for his extensive work in documenting Palestinian history, particularly through his project “We Were and Still Are... Here,” which focuses on visually documenting personal stories of exile and loss among Palestinians.

Brief bio

Tarek Bakri, a Palestinian born researcher and computer engineer based in Jerusalem, has dedicated his career to documenting the history and experiences of displaced Palestinians. His work aims to challenge narratives and preserve the memories and identities of Palestinian people, particularly those affected by the events of 1948. Bakri's efforts are independent and voluntary, driven by a sense of national and human duty.

Major Milestones


  • Educational Background: Graduated from Al-Ahliyya University in Jordan as a Computer Engineer.

  • Launching of the Documentation Project (2010s): Initiated his project, “We Were and Still Are... Here,” to document personal stories of displaced Palestinians...See More

  • Jerusalem Award for Culture and Creativity (2018): Received recognition for his cultural and creative contributions.

  • Exhibitions and Seminars: Held several exhibitions and seminars in Palestine, the Arab World, and Europe.

  • Chairman of the Palestinian Art Court in Jerusalem: His role as chairman underscores his commitment to promoting Palestinian culture and history.

  • Visual Documentation Project: Bakri's project is one of the largest visual documentation initiatives, tracing personal stories of exile and loss in Palestine...See More

  • Disproving Narratives: Through his work, he aims to counter the narrative that Palestine was uninhabited land when occupied in 1948.

  • Independent Research and Production: Produces two-minute videos, involving intensive research and independent efforts, to document Palestinian history.

  • Raising Awareness: His project has significantly raised awareness about Palestine and Palestinian refugees globally.

  • Future Plans: Bakri plans to write a book and create a website to make his documented stories more accessible worldwide

Date of Last Update: 
January 17, 2024

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