The Story

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. 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 is the last chance to hear first-hand accounts of what took place in Haifa, Jaffa, Dayr Yasin, Acre, Jerusalem, Ramle and Lydda from the Israelis and Palestinians who personally fought in and fled from this land. These shocking and dramatic events reveal the core of what drives the conflict today.

The documentary includes interviews with veterans, refugees, survivors and historians of the war collected in Palestine, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States.  Those who lived through the war are the centerpiece of the story, but respected historians, including Charles D. Smith, Avi Shlaim, Nur Masalha, Benny Morris, Ilan Pappe, Rashid Khalidi and Sharif Kanaaneh provide context for the events.

The Research

This has been a massive research project.  We conducted over 90 interviews, pored over 20,000 pages of history, collected more than 1,400 photographs from three dozen sources, combed through hours of archival film and gathered dozens of documents from Israeli military archives.  In addition, we worked with a phenomenal group of advisers, including Charles D. Smith, Rosemarie M. Esber, Farid Abdel-Nour and Matthew C. Hogan.

When Can I See It?

This 86-minute documentary is due for release in mid-to-late 2017.  The editing is complete.  We even have an original score.  The only roadblock left to bring it to the world is licensing the archival photographs and film.  We are currently raising money for this.  Our goal is $35,000.  You can make a tax-deductible donation through our fiscal sponsor, Alternate Focus, by clicking Support.

We are currently in the process of submitting the documentary to film festivals.  After we screen it at festivals, we will work to make it available as many ways as possible – television, online, at schools and on DVD.  To receive updates, sign up for our email list.