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Podcast Episode 102: New Documentary Looks At The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

New documentary seeks completion funds so it can start playing festivals

The new documentary

Credit: Andy Trimlett

Above: The new documentary "1948: Creation and Catastrophe" looks to a pivotal year in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Episode 102: Exploring Roots of Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in New Documentary

The new documentary '1948: Creation and Catastrophe' tries to provide a context for the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict by looking back to the year the state of Israel was created and how that impacted Palestinians living in that region. The film is now available on iTunes.

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Transcript

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a complex issue that many Americans do not fully comprehend. The new documentary "1948: Creation and Catastrophe" looks to the pivotal year that David Ben-Gurion, the head of the Jewish Agency, proclaimed the establishment of the state of Israel and how that impacted the Middle East.

Co-directors Andy Trimlett and Ahlam Muhtaseb have been working on their documentary for almost a decade. The creative challenge of paring down their massive research project of 90 interviews, 1,400 photographs, hours of archival footage and dozens of documents from Israeli military archives into a 90-minute documentary is done. But they still face the financial challenge of raising $35,000 to cover the cost of copyright fees for photos used and for getting a professional voiceover narration added to the film.

The documentary was designed for an American audience and it looks at the year of 1948 to help make sense of the modern conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.

The filmmakers describe their documentary:

"Through riveting and moving personal recollections of both Palestinians and Israelis, '1948: Creation and 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. But rather than being a history lesson, this documentary is a primer for the present. 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 of what took place in Haifa, Jaffa, Dayr Yasin, Acre, Jerusalem, Ramle and Lydda from the Israelis and Palestinians who personally fought in and fled from this land. These shocking and dramatic events reveal the core of what drives the conflict today."

In this podcast, the filmmakers talk about the challenges of making the film and conducting the research. Their goal in creating the film was to convey both historical information as well as very personal and intimate details from people who experienced that history first hand.

If you would like to contribute to the film's fundraiser, you can find information here.

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