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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 was the last chance for many of its Israeli and Palestinian characters to narrate their first-hand accounts of the creation of a state and the expulsion of a nation.
An estimated 700,000 Palestinians fled or were expelled and hundreds of towns and villages were depopulated and destroyed in Israel. Because of this, on May 15, Nakba Day or "Day of the Catastrophe" is commemorated, the day after the Israeli Independence Day. For Palestinians, this is a day of commemoration of the displacement during the Israeli Declaration of Independence in 1948. 1948 is a powerful record of this important time. The film crew conducted over 90 interviews, poured over 20,000 pages of history, collected more than 2,000 photographs from three dozen sources, combed through hours of archival film and gathered dozens of documents from Israeli military archives.
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ACADEMIC AND EXPERT REVIEWS:
“The access you had to Israeli 'old' soldiers interviews gave a great new angle to the story, the very clear and professional graphics, the wise use of archive and sound effects and the straight forward clear narration, made the storytelling of the 1948 story both informative and dramatic… a combination of a great team work and great work.” - Rawan Damen
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Andy Trimlett, Director/Executive Producer
Ahlam Muhtaseb, Co-Director/Executive Producer
Ahlam Muhtaseb is a professor of media studies at California State University, San Bernardino. Her research interests include digital communication, social media, and diasporic communities. She has published her scholarship on digital communication and other communication sub-topics, and has presented her scholarship to national and international conventions and scholarly meetings. Her most recent project is the documentary 1948: Creation & Catastrophe, a film on the year 1948 and its catastrophic consequences which has originated from her field work in the Palestinian refugee camps in the Lebanon, Syria, and Palestine. In addition, most of her recent research focuses on digital media and social movements online (cyber activism), and Arab and Muslim images in the media.