About

I'm a writer, photographer, and filmmaker living in Jerusalem, Israel and Chicago, Illinois. My work focuses on the underdog, the marginalized, and those living outside the mainstream.

I began my career at the National Film Board of Canada, where I directed the documentary When Shirley Met Florence. Upon moving to Chicago in 1994 to study film at Columbia College Chicago, I began a 20-year journey documenting the demolition of the Cabrini Green public housing, and the displacement of a Black community from the city’s northside. My two award-winning films on this topic, Voices of Cabrini: Remaking Chicago's Public Housing and 70 Acres in Chicago have screened worldwide as catalyst for discussion on affordable housing issues. I was selected by Newsweek magazine as one of the "Top 10 Women of the 21st Century" for this work.

My journalistic and landscape photography has been featured in numerous publications including Modern Luxury Magazine, Times of Israel, Gaper’s Block, and Windy City Times. I have exhibited my work at R. Public House and the PO Box Collective Gallery in Chicago.

Additionally, I write poetry and non-fiction pieces. My freelance journalism has been featured in Times of Israel. I have two creative non-fiction pieces that will be published in this upcoming year: Quarantine is a State of Mind, (IO Literary Journal), and The Coat, (OCWW Writers Anthology).

-- Ronit Bezalel

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