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Tantura

Alon Schwarz
Israel, 2022, 94 min.

In Arabic, English, Hebrew with English subtitles.

AIFF Award Winner:
Special Jury Award for Historical Filmmaking

When the state of Israel was established in 1948, war broke out and hundreds of Palestinian villages were depopulated in its aftermath. Israelis know this as the War of Independence. Palestinians call it “Nakba” (the Catastrophe). In the late 1990s, graduate student Teddy Katz conducted research into a large-scale massacre that had allegedly occurred in the village of Tantura in 1948. His work later came under attack and his reputation was ruined, but 140 hours of audio testimonies remain. Director Alon Schwarz revisits former Israeli soldiers of the Alexandroni Brigade as well as Palestinian residents in an effort to re-examine what happened in Tantura and explore why “Nakba” is taboo in Israeli society.

Category: Documentary.

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