The Team

The Team

Dorit Naaman

Director & Producer

Dorit is a documentarist and film theorist born and raised in Jerusalem. She teaches film and media at Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada, and splits her time between Canada and Jerusalem. Dorit developed a format of short personal documentaries, which she called DiaDocuMEntaRy. She has published on Israeli and, to a lesser extent, Palestinian cinema, focussing on gender, nationalism, and militarism. She initiated Jerusalem, We Are Here as a collaborative platform that can map and tell the stories of a Jerusalem that is no longer visible. To learn more about her work visit:

Livia Alexander


Livia Alexander is a New York-based curator, writer, and Chairperson of the Department of Art and Design at Montclair State University in New Jersey. Alexander has curated and produced visual arts and film exhibitions at a wide variety of institutions, including the Tate Modern, the Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, and Maraya Arts Centre, among others. She is a regular consultant to a variety of art organizations and galleries, and is the co-founder of ArteEast, a leading international non-profit organisation promoting Middle Eastern art. Her writings have appeared at Hyperallergic, Harpers Bazaar Art Arabia, Journal of Visual Anthropology, Framework, and as part of edited volumes on film and art.

Marina Parisinou

Associate Producer

Born in Cyprus to a Greek-Jerusalemite mother and a Cypriot father, Marina Parisinou was weaned on stories of life in Palestine. Following a career in IT, she now splits her time between San Francisco and Nicosia, working on family history projects. She publishes her research into her maternal family’s history on her blog:

Mona Hajjar Halaby

Consultant, Research, Development, and Tour Guide

Mona Hajjar Halaby is a Palestinian-American educator and writer residing in California. She is interested in the social history of Palestine, especially during the first half of the 20th century. She has written several articles on that period for the “Jerusalem Quarterly.” She also collects old photographs of Jerusalem and its people. Her photo archive can be found on her Facebook page: British Mandate Jerusalemites’ Photo Library.

Anwar Ben Badis

Consultant, Research, and Tour Guide

Anwar Ben Badis is a linguist who teaches Arabic and Aramaic at the Hebrew University, the Islamic Museum, and the Jerusalem Inter Cultural Centre. He has done extensive research on the Palestinian history of Jerusalem, and often guides walking tours in the city. He also serves as a consultant for documentarists and journalists.

Helios Design Labs

Associate Producers

Helios Design Labs is a multidisciplinary design studio that combines the art of traditional storytelling with new and emerging technologies in web, mobile, and animation.