1948: Creation & Catastrophe

Proudly presented with the Dept. of Arabic, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies and the Centre for World Cinemas and Digital Cultures at the University of Leeds.

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 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. Hear stories from the Israelis and Palestinians who personally lived through events in Haifa, Jaffa, Dayr Yasin, Acre, Jerusalem, Ramla, Lydda and more. These shocking and dramatic events reveal the core of what drives the conflict today.

Andy Trimlett & Ahlam Muhtaseb, 2017, 85 minutes, USA

We were very pleased to have Professor James Dickens from the University of Leeds speaking after the film.

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