CIFF47: PSQ March 22 – April 1, 2023 | Streams April 2 – April 9, 2023


Year: 2022
Country: ISRAEL
Language: Hebrew
Run Time: 95 minutes


When the state of Israel was established in 1948, war broke out and Palestinian villages saw their populations decimated. The true nature of these events still prompts heated debate: for Israelis, it’s the “War of Independence;” but to Palestinians, it’s known as the “Nakba,” or the “Catastrophe.” A dark moment in Israeli history, the Nakba has become such a taboo topic that it’s rarely discussed. In the 1990s, graduate student Teddy Katz interviewed hundreds of people while researching a rumored civilian massacre in the village of Tantura during the 1948 war. Based on his findings, Katz concluded the brutal killings did occur. After being sued for defamation, threatened, and stripped of his academic credentials, Katz learned the state would go to great lengths to protect its established version of events. Since then, his hundreds of hours of tapes sat in silence. But decades later, director Alon Schwarz revisits the controversial recordings—this time presenting them to former Israeli soldiers, scholars, and government officials, many of whom insist the massacre never happened. TANTURA is an astute documentary that explores the enduring power and purpose of protected narratives. Taking a historiographic approach, Schwarz examines why nations struggle to acknowledge problematic parts of their own history. —D.O.

CIFF46 Screenings

Connor Palace

Wednesday, April 06, 2022 at 2:40 PM

CIFF46 Streams On Demand

Sunday, April 10, 2022 at 11:00 AM -
Sunday, April 17, 2022 at 11:59 PM

Streams Access: United States and US Territories
Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: Yes

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