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1948: Creation & Catastrophe

Andy Trimlett
Ahlam Muhtaseb
United States, 2017, 86 min.

In English.

Through riveting and moving personal recollections of both Palestinians and Israelis, 1948: Creation & Catastrophe reveals the shocking events of the most pivotal year in the most controversial conflict in the world. It tells the story of the establishment of Israel as seen through the eyes of the people who lived it. It is simply not possible to make sense of what is happening in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict today without an understanding of 1948. This documentary is the last chance to hear first-hand accounts from the Israelis and Palestinians who personally fought in and fled from this land.

Director's Statement

I spent years studying the Middle East in both my undergraduate and graduate studies, but quite frankly, I never truly understood the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. When I began digging deeper into 1948, suddenly everything clicked. The forces that drive the continuing violence today began to make sense. I realized that, if I had a master's degree in Middle East Studies and still couldn't explain the conflict, I could never reasonably expect an average American to explain what was going on. I decided that the critical first step on the path to peace was to bring the history of 1948 to the American public.

Category: Documentary.
Themes: Border, Community, Culture, Historical, Human Rights, Politics, War.

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