Al-Nakba: The Palestinian Catastrophe of 1948

1998 | Israel, Netherlands, USA | | 60 min

Arabic, English, Hebrew, w/Eng. Subtitles
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Documentary Feature,
Israelis & Arabs,
North African,

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Screened at SFJFF 1998

AL-NAKBA takes the most hotly contested and misunderstood moment of Israeli-Palestinian history and makes it come alive with intellectual clarity and emotional impact. Based on the book The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem, by noted historian Benny Morris, AL-NAKBA is the first documentary to examine the tragedy that accompanied the birth of the state of Israel in 1948 - the displacement of 750,000 Palestinians. Dramatic location shooting is combined with riveting testimony of Arab and Israeli eyewitnesses, Palestinian poetry and new revelations about the evacuations of Haifa, Jaffa and villages surrounding Jerusalem. Through multiple voices, we learn that many Palestinians fled massively in the chaos and panic of Israel's War of Independence, that many were rounded up and forcibly expelled by the emergent Israeli army, and still others died at the hands of Israeli soldiers on the road toward Jordan (the West Bank since the 1967 war). Filmmakers Brunner and Jansse bring authority and sensitivity to a subject too long in the domain of propagandists on both sides of the divide.


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