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Al-Nakba Documentaries

Between 40 - 60 minutes each, these documentaries share first hand accounts from survivors of the "Nakba", which provides critical historical context for the present day conflict.

1948: Creation & Catastrophe

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 today without an understanding of 1948. 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. These shocking and dramatic events reveal the core of what drives the conflict today.

Al-Nakba: The Palestinian Catastrophe

"Al-Nakba: The Palestinian Catastrophe" is a documentary by Al Jazeera that explores the historical events of 1948 when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were displaced from their homes during the creation of Israel. The film delves into the personal stories of survivors and the enduring impact of this displacement on Palestinian identity and society. It sheds light on the ongoing struggle for justice and the right of return for Palestinian refugees, offering a poignant portrayal of a deeply rooted conflict.

News Reporting:
Life Under Israeli Occupation

The following reporting comes from international journalists who had the rare opportunity to visit and document life in Palestine, and to share the brutal reality of life under Israeli occupation.

Price of Love in Shatila

A young Palestinian couple plans to marry in a refugee camp in Beirut, Lebanon. Hassan and Wafaa meet in a Dabke dance center in the Shatila refugee camp and fall in love. They get engaged and start planning their future life together - but first, they need to find a home. However, options are limited for Hassan, who faces financial difficulties. As the couple searches for a suitable and affordable solution, they have to decide which is better - building or renting an apartment. Which can they afford? This film paints a picture of the challenges facing young Palestinians as they start their lives in refugee camps in Lebanon and across the Middle East.

How Israeli Apartheid Destroyed my Hometown

Segregated streets. Settler violence. Military harassment. This happens all over the occupied West Bank, but perhaps nowhere are these scenes more concentrated than in the Old City of Hebron. The once vibrant Palestinian cultural center is now ground zero of Israeli apartheid. It’s also where AJ+‘s Dena Takruri’s family calls home.

In this deeply personal documentary, Dena spends a day in Hebron retracing the footsteps of her father, who was born and raised in Hebron. She talks to Palestinians who are subjected to daily harassment from the Israeli military and settlers. And she is guided through the city by former Israeli soldiers, who tell her why their conscience is now forcing them to speak out against the occupation.

Beautiful Palestinian Films

Below are some beautiful creations from various filmmakers

5 Broken Cameras (2011) (90 mins)

An extraordinary work of both cinematic and political activism, 5 Broken Cameras is a deeply personal, firsthand account of non-violent resistance in Bil'in, a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements. Shot almost entirely by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son, the footage was later given to Israeli co-director Guy Davidi to edit. Structured around the violent destruction of each one of Burnat's cameras, the filmmakers' collaboration follows one family's evolution over five years of village turmoil. Burnat watches from behind the lens as olive trees are bulldozed, protests intensify, and lives are lost. "I feel like the camera protects me," he says, "but it's an illusion."

Full movie available here.

Gaza Surf Club (2017) (87 mins)

Gaza – a strip of land with a population of 1.7 million citizens, wedged between Israel and Egypt and isolated from the outside world. 26 miles of coastline with a harbor that no longer services ships. Hardly anything gets into Gaza and even less gets out. The young generation is growing up with very little perspective - occupied and jobless. But against this background there is a small movement.

Full movie available here.

Gaza Fights for Freedom (2019) (83 mins)

This collaboration shows you Gaza’s protest movement like you’ve never seen before. Filmed during the height of the Great March Of Return protests, it features exclusive footage of demonstrations where 200 unarmed civilians have been killed by Israeli snipers since March 30, 2018.

Full movie also available here.