Our film focus this month is on the documentary "1948: Creation and Catastrophe". Our co-sponsors are Independent Jewish Voices Canada and Jewish Voice for Peace, grassroots organizations grounded in Jewish tradition that advocate for justice and peace for all in Israel-Palestine.
"1948: Creation & Catastrophe" is the story of the establishment of Israel as seen through the eyes of the people who lived it. 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. Yet despite the critical importance of 1948, most of the people interviewed for this documentary have never been able to tell their story in full. For nearly seven decades, they have been living with the legacy of that fateful year. Many of the veterans, refugees and witnesses interviewed have already passed away. This film truly is the last chance to hear this story directly from those who lived it.
The discussion features:
- Ahlam Muhtaseb, the co-director/executive producer of the film and professor of media studies and director of the Center for the Study of Muslim & Arab Worlds at California State University, and
- Miko Peled, activist, international speaker, author of "The General' Son: The Journey of an Israeli in Palestine" and "Injustice: The Story of the Holy Land Foundation Five" and karate instructor. Peled is son of Israeli general Matti Peled, who served in the Six-Day War and subsequently became an advocate for Israeli dialog with the PLO.
Our moderator is Lia Tarachansky, Israeli filmmaker and the former Israel/Palestine correspondent for The Real News Network producing short documentary reports exploring the context behind the news. She has directed several documentaries tackling different aspects of the struggles in Israel/Palestine, including "On the Side of the Road", our April feature. (https://tinyurl.com/2y6x3csw)