Al Nakba: The Palestinian Catastrophe 1948

58 minutes, documentary, 1997

Arguably, the first documentary film that seriously tackles the historic events that led to the creation of over 700,000 Palestinian refugees and the destruction of about 400 Palestinian villages at the end of the first Israeli-Arab war of 1948. With the participation of historian Benny Morris and based on his book ‘The birth of the Palestinian refugee problem, 1947-49″. Hebrew and Arabic with English voice-over.


Production: A Benny Brunner and ARTE co-production

Screened: Israel, USA, Europe

Broadcast: Europe

Festivals: 1998 SF JFF; 1999 Köln Film Festival; 2001 One World International Film Festival, Prague; 2004, Vienna Jewish Film Week

Al Nakba: The Palestinian Catastrophe 1948

Benny Brunner and historian Benny Morris during production

Benny Brunner in the abandoned Palestinian village of Lifta during production