Al-Nakba: The Palestinian Catastrophe, 1948



Directed by: Benny Brunner & Alexandra Jansse

(56 mins) AL NAKBA tackles the tragic events surrounding the creation of the Palestinian refugee problem and examines how and why 750,000 Palestinian Arabs became refugees by the end of the first Arab-Israeli war of 1948. Arab and Israeli eyewitnesses, together with Professor Benny Morris of Ben-Gurion University, describe what happened rather than what successive generations of Israeli and Arab propagandists have said happened. Filmmakers Benny Brunner and Alexandra Jansse interviewed Palestinians and Israelis from various backgrounds including Azmi Bishara, an Arab-Israeli philosopher and member of the Knesset (Israeli parliament), Shaban Muhmoud, a Palestinian refugee, and Itzhak Pundak, a retired Israeli colonel and diplomat.