Enterprise Documentary Fund Grantee

Untitled Free Speech Documentary

Julia Bacha
Suhad Babaa, Daniel J. Chalfen

When a news publisher in Arkansas, an attorney in Arizona and a speech pathologist in Texas are told they must choose between their jobs and their political beliefs, they launch legal battles that expose an attack on freedom of speech across 28 states in America.

Julia Bacha, Director

Julia is a Peabody award-winning filmmaker, Guggenheim Fellow and Creative Director at Just Vision. She started her filmmaking career in Cairo, where she wrote and edited Control Room (2004), for which she was nominated for the Writers Guild of America Award. Subsequently, Julia moved to Jerusalem where she co-directed Encounter Point (2006), which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and won best documentary prize at the San Francisco Film Festival. She then directed and produced Budrus (2009), which was hailed in The New York Times as "this year's must-see documentary,” as well as the short My Neighbourhood (2012), which influenced President Obama’s speech during his first presidential trip to Jerusalem. Most recently, Julia directed Naila and the Uprising (2017), which had its international premiere at IDFA and will be broadcast on PBS in March 2019. In addition to over 25 awards at international film festivals, Julia is the recipient of the Ridenhour Film Prize, the King Hussein Leadership Prize, the PUMA Creative Impact Award and Columbia University’s Medal of Excellence. She is a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations, a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum and a regular TED speaker.

Suhad Babaa, Producer

Suhad is the Executive Director of Just Vision, an organization dedicated to researching, documenting and disseminating the stories of Palestinian and Israeli grassroots leaders. Suhad leads Just Vision’s journalistic efforts as the Co-Director of the award-winning Hebrew-language news site, Local Call, and executive produced their acclaimed feature-length documentary, Naila and the Uprising (2017). She was also an integral member of the impact campaigns around Just Vision’s critically acclaimed film, Budrus (2009), and Peabody award-winning documentary, My Neighbourhood (2012). She is a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations and a Global Shaper with the World Economic Forum.

Daniel J. Chalfen, Producer

Daniel J. Chalfen is a Peabody and duPont winning and multiple-Emmy nominated film and television producer and a co-founder of Naked Edge Films. His recent credits include The Infiltrators (Next Audience Award winner, Sundance 2019), Always in Season (Jury Award for Moral Urgency, Sundance 2019), HBO’s United Skates (executive produced by John Legend), Bathtubs Over Broadway (Focus Features; executive produced by Jason Blum & David Letterman), GLAAD Nominee for Outstanding Documentary Call Her Ganda, The Feeling of Being Watched, Southwest of Salem (Discovery ID & FilmRise), Prescription Thugs (Samuel Goldwyn Films), The Mind of Mark DeFriest (Showtime), and Silenced (DirecTV & Netflix).  Chalfen’s earlier credits include State 194 (Participant Media), the The Revisionaries, Code of the West, and Donor Unknown for PBS, the Sarah Jessica Parker-executive produced Pretty Old, Gone (Discovery ID), the Danny Glover-executive produced The Disappearance of McKinley Nolan, and War Don Don and the Academy Award short-listed39 Pounds of Love for HBO. Chalfen’s non-fiction television series include Happy France for ARTE and Ordinary People, which was broadcast worldwide. Chalfen is a voting member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), a founding member of the DCTV Cinema Advisory Council, an Advisor to the Sundance Institute’s Creative Producers Program, an Industry Advisory Board Member of the Camden International Film Festival, and a fellow at the Disruptor Foundation.