Israelis call it “The War of Independence,” and Palestinians call it “Nakba,” or in English: catastrophe. Tantura. Director Alon Schwarz, investigates the taboo counter-story about the 1948 war and the interviews that percolated to the surface after the happenings.
The film is intercut with recordings led by historian, Teddy Katz, who was subsequently discredited by Israeli press and government after producing a Master’s thesis in the 1990s. Witnesses on both sides recall the alleged massacre in Tantura by an Israeli army brigade.
As Schwarz revisits the recordings, and the soldiers that were involved in Tantura’s Palestinian evacuation, he raises the question: why do nations struggle to reconcile sins of the past? The documentary won DocAviv Film Festival Research Award, Israeli Academy Award Best Documentary, and was a Sundance Grand Jury Prize nominee. An undeniably riveting piece of history on film; a must-see documentary in the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival lineup, and a nominee for the festival’s Jury Prize Competition.