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Screening of 1948: CREATION & CASTROPHE followed by discussion

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1948: CREATION & CATASTROPHE is a documentary about the establishment of Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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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.

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.

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 until now. For nearly seven decades, they have been living with the legacy of that fateful year.

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. Many of the veterans, refugees and witnesses we interviewed have already passed away. 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.

The documentary promises to reveal this story—and more important—to provide a way of understanding the underlying dynamics of the seemingly incomprehensible conflict that continues to capture headlines to this day.

The hopes, fears and grievances that drove the war in 1948 are still central to the conflict today. By dispelling the myths about 1948 and providing an understanding of the events of this foundational moment, this documentary will make it possible for Americans to make sense of present conflict in the region. And once we understand the conflict, it becomes possible to search for a solution.

Doors open 19.00 for drinks and food.

Film Screening 19.30 (82 mins) followed by Panel discussion.

Admission open to ALL, non Labour Party members welcome.

Suggested donation of £5 would be appreciated to help cover costs of running the night.

An appetising Red Lentil Dhal with Coconut Milk and Spinach curry with Herbed bread pudding will be on sale.

Refreshments will be available in the licensed bar until 22:30 with drinks allowed into screening.

SLFC is organised by Streatham Labour Political Education Officers to bring political education out into the community in a friendly, welcoming environment over a glass of whatever and some healthy fresh food.

FILMMAKER STATEMENT

This project has been a labor of love for the past eight years. My coproducer and I are so proud to at last share it with the world. This documentary began shortly after I graduated with my master’s degree in Middle East Studies. I had spent years studying the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in both my undergraduate and graduate studies, but quite frankly, I never truly understood the conflict. Then, I began digging deeper into 1948. Suddenly, everything clicked. The forces that drive the continuing violence today began to make sense. I realized that, if I had a master’s degree in Middle East Studies and still couldn’t explain the conflict, I could never reasonably expect an average American to explain what was going on. I decided that the critical first step on the path to peace was to bring the history of 1948 to the American public.

I teamed up with Ahlam Muhtaseb, a professor at California State University San Bernardino who has conducted extensive field work in the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, Syria, and Palestine. The two of us began tracking down Palestinians and Israelis who remembered the war first-hand. Many were eager to share their stories, but our requests for interviews were frequently met with, “We don’t talk about that.” We persisted, managing to collect dozens of stories from fighters, refugees (many still living in camps) and survivors of the war now living in Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States. Their stories are powerful, heart-breaking and shocking.

On top of those interviews, we conducted a mountain of research (over 20,000 pages of history), painstakingly fact-checking every statement made in the documentary. Our team gathered photographs and film from archives across the globe. We retrieved copies of military orders from Israeli archives. We translated dozens of Arabic and Hebrew interviews as well as secondary documents. And we interviewed and consulted with some of the most respected historians in the field.

This has been a colossal amount of work. We sincerely hope you get something out of it!

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