Tantura was one of hundreds of villages occupied by Israelis in 1948. In Israel, this period is referred to as a war of independence, while Palestinians call it “Al Nakba”: the catastrophe. Tantura investigates an unacknowledged war crime through the stories of people who were involved. This poignant documentary premiered at Sundance and is now having its Dutch premiere at InScience.
TALK The documentary shows the many challenges in researching and discussing contemporary state violence and its denial in the context of nation-state building. Regarding the massacre in Tantura, we see how critics and survivors found themselves caught between a frame of the Jewish settlers as merely innocent victims, and Israeli state policies and officials that obstructed critical research. How can we have honest conversations on Israeli war crimes? And what is the role of survivors, researchers, politicians, judges and filmmakers in revisiting and narrating violence and demanding accountability for injustices?
- Alon Schwarz
- Israel, United States
- 94 min
- Ethics, Alpha Sciences, History
- Type Film
- Dutch premiere
- Alon Schwarz, Saul Schwarz, Maiken Bard
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