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Tantura, Sundance’s opening night film, documents the war that broke out when the State of Israel was established in 1948. To Israelis, this is known as the War of Independence; to Palestinians, it is “Al Nakba” (the Catastrophe). In the late 1990s, graduate student Teddy Katz conducted research into a large-scale massacre that had allegedly occurred in the village of Tantura in 1948. His work later came under attack and his reputation was ruined, but 140 hours of audio testimonies remain. Director Alon Schwarz revisits these records to re-examine what happened in Tantura and explore why discussion of the Nakba is taboo in Israeli society. Interviews with former Israeli soldiers as well as Palestinian residents expose how power, silencing, and protected narratives sculpt history.

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  • Runtime
    94 minutes
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  • Premiere
    New York City Premiere
  • Director
    Alon Schwarz